It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Loretta with family at her side after a long battle with cancer on October 9th, 2016 at the age of 54 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Loretta was an incredibly creative and artistic woman, and her originality and passion for beauty was demonstrated through her long career in floral design. She had a sharp and inquisitive mind which was reflected in her many interests and pursuits including reading and travel where she always took the opportunity to explore new cultures and see every museum and gallery. She was a generous, thoughtful and interesting person and those who had the privilege to know her benefited from her extensive knowledge and love of life. In 2008 she embarked on a new adventure with her children when she moved from Okotoks, Alberta to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where Loretta was able to realize a life-long dream of living on the ocean. She was a devoted mother, loving sister and cherished friend who will always be remembered. Loretta is survived by her children, son Stuart Hargraft and daughter Bridget Hargraft of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Also surviving, her brother John (Marcia) Dunbar of North Vancouver, BC, sister Linda (Darwin) Wolf of Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, sister Lorna (Len) Kozlowski of Battleford, Saskatchewan, brother Warren Dunbar and partner Louise Marcoff of Calgary, Alberta and brother Glen (Stephanie Heath) Dunbar of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Loretta was predeceased by her mother, Marilyn in 1975 and her father Donald in 1988. The family would like to thank everyone who provided care to Loretta from the Medical Oncology and Palliative Care teams at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the VON, and Home Care with special thanks to Dr. Daniel Rayson, Patti MacDougall, and Allysha Graham. The family will be hosting an open house memorial at 13 Banook Ave., Dartmouth, NS on October 14, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the QEII or the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division.
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