Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings


Date of Passing: Oct 13, 2021

Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-


On October 13, 2021, Noella Laurence passed away peacefully, with family holding her hand and music filling the room.
Noella is survived by five of her children, Judy Marsales of Ontario, Robert Laurence of Virginia (Jaime), Sandy Michaud of Ontario (Victor), Sharon Beggs of British Columbia (Ernie) and Janet Laurence of Ontario. She cherished her 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Noella was predeceased by husband, Robert Wylie Laurence and sons, James Laurence (Jody) and Brian Laurence (infant).
Born the third of 10 children, to Eva Marie Boiselle of Quebec, and Ana Paul Van Vliet of the Netherlands, in South Junction, Manitoba. The family were market gardeners on the family farm in Charleswood. At 16, her family moved to British Columbia. Noella chose to stay in Winnipeg, which would remain her home the rest of her life. Noella and Robert (Bob) set up house in St. Vital, and had seven children. The family attended Christ the King church on St. Mary's Road, where Noella enjoyed bingo and socials in the parish hall. She worked at the Horseshoe Inn, and the Jolly Canuck, at The Bay, on Portage Avenue.
Noella had a love of all music, but especially classic country western. She only needed to hear a line, or a few words strung together, to inspire singing. As a long-time member of Norberry Community Club, she enjoyed square dancing and bingo. Noella was also a member of the Belgium Club. She also enjoyed bus trips to South Beach and Club Regent.
Noella shared her love of playing cards and competitive nature with her kids and grandkids. Big family dinners at our St. Mary's Road home were followed by games of Rummoli and poker. Having all of Noella's kids together were amongst the happiest days of her life. Noella never held back from winning and taking home the pot, no matter how young the other players were. Life lessons, early.
In recent years, Noella travelled across North America, visiting her kids and grandkids, relishing the time together. While she could have moved anywhere, Noella chose to stay in St. Vital. Mom was comfortable sitting in her chair, beside the phone that had a button labelled for each of her kids. When anyone called, Noella always answered with a cheerful greeting, regardless of what life threw at her. Another life lesson.
The Laurence family will forever be grateful for the friends, support staff from Comfort's of Homecare, nurses and staff in the palliative care unit of Health Sciences Centre. People to thank are too numerous to mention, but please be assured we are profoundly grateful.
A private service, for family, will be held in Winnipeg.
This obituary may also be viewed at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Please accept my condolences to the family. Noella was a wonderful person. I will truly miss her. She worked with my mother at The Bay in the Jolly Canuck. Judy Pesclevitch also a co-worker is totally upset over hearing that your mom has passed. She also worked with your mom. She was wonderful inspiration to all of us. Judy was planning for the both of us to go visit your mom. I guess we are a little late. She will always be in our memories. Take care. - Posted by: Evelyn myskiw (Noella worked with my mother at the joley canuck) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Laurence family on the passing of Noella. She was a wonderful woman. Always cheerful. - Posted by: Jack Scott (Family friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Noella, dear sister. You will be missed by each and everyone of us. We will miss our phone chats with you, and how you laughed when I called Rene and I the names our Dad had for us, Dicky and Sticky. Somehow, I was never sure if I was Dicky or Sticky, which sent you in to near hysterics! It was very sad to have you go, but we know you are with your Family in Heaven. Oh what great Rejoicing there is, as almost all our family come together. Love to you, your sister Margaret xo - Posted by: Margaret Hodges (Sister) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Noella will be missed by many people, especially those of us who knew her from Bingo at the community centre. Condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Carmelle Remillard (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2021

❮ Go Back to Listings