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Born: Jan 01, 1942

Date of Passing: Jul 02, 2019

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Laurel Garvie, born January 1, 1942, died peacefully on July 2, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.
Laurel loved and was loved by Keith, her husband of 56 years, their adored children, Mike (Dawn) and Nikki (Bryden), and cherished granddaughters, Allison (Brett), Janelle and Kristen. She is also survived by her brother Ken (Kris), sister-in-law Helen (Don), nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Bill and sister-in-law Marilyn.
For both Laurel and Keith, their children and grandchildren have been the joy and center of their lives. Laurel's life was full - encompassing this great love of family, close friends, a satisfying career and volunteer work that enriched both her and her community.
Laurel will be forever remembered, cherished and deeply loved by her family and by her friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Art City, 616 Broadway in Winnipeg, MB R3C 0W8, or Grands 'n' More Winnipeg, in care of 15 Fairbrook Cove in Winnipeg, MB R3T 5C1, or to a charity of your choice.
A service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 12, 2019 at the First Unitarian Church, located at 603 Wellington Crescent.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in stories and condolences for the family by visiting Laurel's memorial page at

A life well and richly lived.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 06, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We had the distinct pleasure of working with Laurel who headed up the College of Midwives of Manitoba’s Prior Learning, Education and Experience Assessment Project from 2002 until her retirement in 2007. Laurel’s ability to conceptualize, organize, mobilize and implement were truly remarkable. Her practical nature was a asset, and her sense of humor an unmatched gift. We continued to connect with Laurel through her volunteer efforts with Grands ‘n’ More which aides grandmothers and orphans in South Africa through fundraising activities such as the exquisite fabric bags that are made by Manitoba volunteers, which many of us still carry on our shoulders, and the Art in the Attic initiative – pieces of which adorn one of our walls at the College office. We will miss you Laurel, and wish the family well. - Posted by: P Eadie (Colleague) on: Jul 12, 2019

  • Deepest condolences to all of Laurel's family and friends. She was a wonderful, exceptional, beautiful person. I ran into her briefly at a few Grands 'n More events several years ago, but otherwise have had no contact with her for decades, though I have often thought of her. A long time ago I worked with her (as a volunteer, contract employee, board member) with great pleasure for some years at what was then Planned Parenthood. I have always held her in the highest possible regard, both professionally and personally. She taught me a great deal. I will continue to remember her with great fondness, always. - Posted by: Jane Dick (ex-colleague) on: Jul 10, 2019

  • As a fellow member of Grands'n' More Winnipeg, supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Laurel was our shining star. She developed the ideas for merchandise, recruited and encouraged the sewers, searched for the best prices on fabric and notions and was always hauling the goods to and from sales all over the city and beyond. Her enthusiasm to take on new projects, such as The Art From the Attic sale, was boundless. Her efforts over the years have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to support countless numbers of Grandmothers in Africa who are raising their orphaned grandchildren. Laurel was a generous, talented beautiful lady and we will all miss her terribly. But, we have all been the richer for having had her in our lives. Rest peacefully beautiful lady. - Posted by: Nina Logan (Friend) on: Jul 08, 2019

  • I was so very sorry to hear of Laurel's passing. I have known Laurel, Keith and Nicole through the dental offices of both Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Burley. I admired Laurel and her family for many years. My sincere condolences to the rest of the family. Darlene Jackson - Posted by: Darlene Jackson (Friend) on: Jul 07, 2019

  • Although our friendship was short, what an honor it was to know Laurel! She was very caring, generous and such a strong woman! I will miss her and am so sorry we met late in life! My sincere condolences to Keith, her family and many friends. - Posted by: Linda Sevigny (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2019

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