It is with deep sadness that we announce the death on January 27, 2017 of our beloved mother Sharon Laing of Okanagan Centre. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Wyatt (Sandy) Laing who was by her side when she died peacefully at her home. Also survived by her children and grandchildren: Mark(Deb) Chey, Jordan and Brelyn of Oshawa; David(Jacquie) Alex and Mattea of Nelson; and Lisa (Shane Watson) Shealyn and Brandt of Lake Country. Also survived by brothers, Richard (Elaine) Gibbons of Lake Country and Glen (Karen) Gibbons of Lake Country. Sharon was born on February 24, 1941 in Kelowna General Hospital. Her first home was a small cabin near Little White Mountain where her parents, Clare and Peggy, operated a mill. The family moved to their permanent home in Winfield when she started school. After graduation from Rutland Secondary, Sharon trained as a Registered Nurse at Royal Columbian. She was a skilled and dedicated nurse working at a variety of hospitals as Wyatt’s career took them to such diverse locations as New Zealand, Germany, Goose Bay in Labrador and Cold Lake, Alberta, before moving to home to Lake Country in 1983. She retired from KGH in 2006 after assisting at the births of many hundreds of babies. She was immensely proud of her years in nursing and enjoyed working with a great staff. She loved the newborns…leaving the diaper changing to the nursery staff. Sharon loved her Okanagan home surrounded by their orchard and the pastures for Wyatt’s horses. Summer days were spent at “The Cabin”, the family’s ancestral spot on the lake just down the road, hanging out with her brothers and her much loved sis’s-in-law. Her family were at the center of her life with her books and love of reading close behind. She volunteered with our museum and she and Wyatt were generous in their support of myriad causes, both home and far away. She will be deeply missed by so many of us with whom she shared her love without question. A celebration of her life will be held at the Okanagan Centre Hall, 11099 Maddock Avenue, Okanagan Centre, BC, on Saturday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Sharon’s memory may be made to The Salvation Army www.kelownasalvationarmy.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”
Service: Saturday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Centre Hall
The service for LAING, Sharon Marguerite is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.