Laurel passed away peacefully after a courageous battle on June 11, 2014 at the Campbell River Hospital, BC. She was a loving, kind and accepting woman whose devotion to her family was unparalleled. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Laurel was born and raised in Flin Flon, MB. While growing up in Flin Flon, she enjoyed ballet dancing, participating in school musicals, curling and teaching swimming lessons. She especially enjoyed family gatherings with her large extended family. As the oldest of her generation, she was much admired by her many younger cousins.
She attended Teachers College and began her life long career as a teacher. She married her husband George in 1965 and moved to Thompson, MB. They created a life in this northern town, raising their daughter until they retired to the community of Campbell River on Vancouver Island.
In her retirement, she dedicated her time and found great satisfaction in supporting organizations like the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS), the Willowcreek Watershed Society, and the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program. She loved to be surrounded by nature, tending to her garden, taking walks, beachcombing and watching the eagles. She had a passion for the arts and embraced music and dance.
Left to mourn is her husband George, daughter Darcy (Paul) and her beloved granddaughter Cassidy. She is also survived by sister Sharon (Neil), brother Don (Jeanette), sister-in-law Kathleen, aunt Helen and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Laurel’s Celebration of Life will be held on June 21, 2014 at 1pm at the Campbell River United Church, 415 Pinecrest Road with Rev. Wayne Hughes officiating. Cremation has taken place. Please join us for a luncheon following the service.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to MARS, United Church of Campbell River or the Alzheimer Society.
“She comes sailing on the wind,
her eagle wings flashing in the sun;
on a journey just begun, she flies on.
And in the passage of her flight,
her song rings out through the night,
full of laughter, full of light, she flies on.”
~ Gordon Light
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