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Laurie Merrett

April 8, 1958 - March 8, 2016

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Laurie Merrett. Laurie was born in Duncan and as the child of an RCMP officer she lived in many communities on Vancouver Island and the lower Mainland. After graduation she backpacked through Europe with her cousin Kathy Williams, the two were affectionately known as Lucy and Ethel.

Upon her return to Duncan she met the love of her life, Mark Merrett. They were married three years later. Their daughter Jo-Lynne was born the following year and their son Todd was born two years later.

As a young wife and mother working full time, Laurie decided to go to University where she successfully completed her degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria.  She devoted her working career to helping others. This included running care homes, facilitation duties with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, victim services counselling and just a general love of helping other people.

Laurie enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, and  travelling to warmer climates but nothing compared to her love of being a grandmother.

She will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend of 35 years Mark; her children Sarah (Jason) Insley,  Jo-Lynne (Dan) Wikkerink and Todd (Candis) Merrett. Her grandchildren who knew her as Mee-Maw and G-Ma include Mayhanna, Spencer, Rylan, Nova (Jellybean) and Akaysia (Cheeky), they will miss her beyond words.

Laurie is also survived by her parents Albert (Van) and Marlene Van Caeseele, her sister Dawn (Kenn) McFadden and brother Guy (Laurie) Van Caeseele as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan BC with a tea to follow at Mark and Laurie’s home. Upon Laurie’s request please wear something red as this was her favorite color.

“She will be Loved, Missed and Remembered Forever”

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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jim and Tanis Train
Relation: Family friend

Mark, we were shocked and sad to hear of the sudden passing of Laurie. She was such a dear, sweet lady with a sweet smile and quiet demeanor with a fun, witty sense of humour. We wish to express our sincere condolences to you and the family. We are thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Love and hugs, Jim and Tanis Train xxoo

From: Sharon Jackson
Relation: Friend

Mark, I am so utterly devastated at this terrible news. Laurie was one of the funniest, nicest, greatest hostesses ever. I spent more than one afternoon with her and some friends in your back yard getting to know “The Margarator.” She could be wicked and strong willed and determined one second and then turn around and do something so kind all in the same minute. She was such a very bright light and we shall all miss her. Sincerest condolences to you you and your whole family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 15, 2016
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada

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