Aulta "Rene" Laurine Buchholz

Thursday, January 2nd, 1941 - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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Rene Buchholz of Red Deer, Alberta passed away at the Red Deer Hospice on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Our mom was diagnosed with an illness at 33 years of age and had been in a wheelchair for 45 years. She was one of the founding members of the Red Deer Action Group and was instrumental in helping to get the first Action Buses on the road. Over the years, she held every position on the board and volunteered endlessly with not only with the Action group, but the MS society and Teen Pregnancy Centre. She spent many years in front of City Council advocating for the rights and needs of people with disabilities. She spoke at schools, colleges and universities to bring awareness to people. She received the Mayor’s Recognition Award for her volunteering at the end of her “career”.

Anybody who knew or met our mom, loved her. She had compassion for people and was accepting, forgiving, and humble as she faced health challenges for most of her life. In the end she had a circle of caregivers, doctors, nurses and others who helped her to be able to continue to live independently in her own home, which was always her wish.

Family meant everything to our mom. The times she got to spend with us, was what she kept fighting for. To watch her family grow was what she cherished the most.

Mom is survived by two daughters, Judy Atwood (Ron) of Kelowna, British Columbia, Wanda Andras (Terry Lakey) of Red Deer, Alberta; four grandchildren, Jodi Parsons, Derrick (Roxanne) Andras, Peter Andras, and Kourtney Andras (Matt Webb); six great grandchildren, Matthew, Alisiya, Dariyan, Aries, Hunter and Dominic; two brothers, Larry (Pat) Laird, Lyle (Doris) Laird; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Dilworth; and many nieces and nephews who put the biggest smile on her face whenever they came to visit her. She is also survived by Buddy her cat.

Because the the Covid-19 situation, we will be having a Celebration of Life for Mom in the summer when restrictions are gone.

If friends or family wish, Memorial Donations may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society at or directly to the Central Alberta Humane Society at
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Matthew crawford

Posted at 08:56pm
When me and my great gramma Rene sat in her bathroom, and I came out to her. Even though she already knew, she told me to be strong and that she still loved me. Sharing to me that god does not hate anyone but love, nothing more nothing less. She was such a gentle soul, teaching her family why hate when you can love, when life is never expected to last forever. Love you great gramma forever and always.

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Posted at 10:21am
To Judy and Wanda in loving memory your wonderful mom, Auntie Rene.
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Posted at 04:16pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 04:47pm
I love this old photo of the Laird family in about 1942. Her brothers teased her often, but they loved their little sister and she loved them!

Wanda Andras Posted at 04:53pm

I guess having five older brothers prepared her for the strength she would need in life!


Posted at 04:42pm
There are two things that will forever stand out in my memory about Auntie Rene - how she loved to laugh and how she chose to see the good in people and circumstances. She was kind, cheerful, loving, and always made you feel she was just so glad to see you! She had way more than her fair share of challenges to overcome, but she lived her life with joy. Our deepest sympathies to Judy, Wanda and your families. Auntie was SO, SO proud of you all! We will miss her dearly.

Wanda Andras Posted at 04:54pm

She was one of a kind. A lesson for acceptance and compassion for all of us.

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