Laurie Jean Hutchins was born Laurie Jean O’Neill to Norman and Shirley O’Neill on the 12th May 1956 in Edmonton, Alberta. After a courageous battle with cancer Laurie passed on the 8th of March 2016, aged 59, in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones. Many thanks to the Cowichan Community nursing team for making this wish possible.
Laurie is survived by her partner Mike, children Sarah, Ben and Rachel, daughter’s in law Steph and Kat and granddaughter Raya. She also leaves her father Norm, siblings Allan, Colleen, Tim and extended family and friends who will now share fond memories of this beautiful woman.
Laurie had a long list of nicknames which gives away something about her character: ‘Laurie Jean the dancing machine’, ‘Ma Beagle’, ‘Longspoon Laurie’, ‘Laurilita’ and ‘Sid’ to name a few. She had a wicked sense of humour and was never afraid to laugh at herself which was a gift for those who knew her because her smile could light a room.
Laurie’s favourite place was the garden among her flowers but a close second was in the shops, almost any store would do. She made browsing a hobby much to the distress of her partner Mike. Another favourite was squeezing babies, especially her grandbabies who she kept close to her heart.
Laurie was a generous person and even as her health was failing her she always thought of others before herself. She showed bravery to be admired and dignity to the very end. Laurie will be desperately missed by those who knew and loved her and who can be counted as many.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.