Laurie Dawn ANDREWS

Laurie Dawn Andrews

January 14, 1953 – August 26, 2011

Laurie Andrews — beloved Mother, Nana, Sister, Friend — passed away in peace, surrounded by loved ones, at her home in Campbell River on August 26. Laurie inspired all with her hope and courage as she continued to live a happy, full life despite a cancer diagnosis in June 2009. She fought this difficult battle with determination and grace, and she never gave up. Her bravery and strength made her a hero for many.

Laurie grew up in Victoria and moved to Campbell River in 1978 to raise her family, which was always the most important thing in her life: Above all she was a devoted mother, and also became a most loving grandmother. Laurie loved reading, live theatre, relaxing near the ocean, adventuring with her best friend, and laughing with her family. For many years Laurie was actively involved in the River City Players, working behind the scenes or shining brightly on-stage. She worked for over 20 years at the local Scotiabank, greeting all of her customers with a smile. She also became a member of the Campbell River Center for Spiritual Living as part of her journey towards healing and understanding.

Laurie has gone to join her parents Olaf and Olwen, sister Marilyn, and brother-in-law David. Left to love and remember her are her children Shawna (Bill), Chelsey (Keegan), Joel, and Crysta (Micah); grandchildren Kai, Bryelle, and Charlotte, and two more grandchildren expected soon; sisters Arlene (Allen), Glenys (Irven), and Kerry; best friend Diane (John); ex-husband Don; mother-in-law Doreen; brothers-in-law, Derek (Cheryl), Dennis (Ruth), Patrick, and Michael (Vicki); sister-in-law Rosemary; and many nieces and nephews.

We will always remember Laurie’s caring heart and gentle spirit. All who knew her have been inspired and taught by her never-ending capacity to love. We love you, Laurie — always and forever.

There will be a memorial in November to celebrate Laurie’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.