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RAYNARD Leah-Anne Michelle

October 9, 1962 — September 5, 2015

Passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the age of 52. Survived by her loving husband of 29 years Gordon Raynard, her daughters Amanda and Aaryn, sister Lori, brother Jim and parents Roy and Donna Simkins of Kelowna, BC.

Devoted wife, mother, daughter and friend, Leah-Anne passed away with her loving family by her side after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Leah-Anne was born October 9, 1962 in Kelowna, BC. Married for 29 years, Leah-Anne’s home away from home was at the beach with her family and friends. Her other passion was her dog Ryder who truly was by her side. Leah-Anne spent many summer nights at Rock Creek. She knew how to make you laugh; a true hero who will be dearly missed.

Thank you to all involved in the care for Leah-Anne at the cancer clinic: Dr Taylor, nurses and volunteers.

“Your life was a blessing – your memory a treasure.

You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

A memorial service will be held September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donation may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House www.hospicecoha.org or the Kelowna SPCA www.spca.bc.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.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House or the Kelowna SPCA Link: www.hospicecoha.org , www.spca.bc.ca


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The service for RAYNARD Leah-Anne Michelle is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Wendy Waller says:

    Dear Gord, Amanda and Aaryn:
    I am so sad for you. Leah Anne fought long and hard but that does not make losing her any easier. She will truly leave her mark on all those who knew her. She will always be in your heart and you will see her every time you look at your daughters. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Patrick and Judy Bentley says:

    Dear Gordy, Amanda, and Aaryn We would like to extend our sincere offer of sympathy to you for the lose of a lovely lady, wife, and mom. We only met her a few times at the Kettle Creek campground but sure enjoyed her company and conversations. She will be greatly missed. So sorry we will not be able to attend the service on Thurs., we are leaving on a holiday Wed. morning. Sincerely Pat and Judy Bentley

  • Kim and Frank Thome says:

    Gordy, Amanda and Aaryn, and Roy and Donna – our heart goes out to all of you. We are grateful that Leah-Anne’s suffering is over and she is at peace. But at the same time wishing she never had to go. Its hard to find words that truly reflect all that is in our hearts. So I will just say we are sending lots of love and hugs your way. Wishing you strength to get through the days ahead, and hoping you will find an inner peace as you maneuver through the maze ahead of you. I think she is enjoying a nice cold drink on the most luxurious beach that heaven has to offer 🙂 Lots of Love Frank and Kim Thome

  • Carrolyne Kuffner says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. She fought long and hard to stay with you for as long as she could, now God will take over. I will remember her sunny disposition and humor.

  • Doreen Gilchrist says:

    I wish to pass along to you all my prayers and condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know there are know words but know I am thinking of you. Gord, Aaryan and Amanda I will be unable to make the service but can only hope you are holding up okay. It does not seem right to loose such a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. Hugs

  • Aline Fazan says:

    Dear Gord and family,
    I wanted to send my sincere condolences for the passing of your wonderful wife/mother Leah-Anne. I had the pleasure of meeting Leah-Anne a couple of years ago at a cancer walk. She was a wonderful, funny, caring and inspirational woman. She made a impact on myself and I will never forget her………..my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.
    Aline Fazan

  • Doreen Bell says:

    Gordon -Amanda and Aaryn.So sorry for your loss.

  • Chris Gibson says:

    Almost 6 years since we have been neighbours and my memories of Leanne are ones of a strong and caring Mom of two beautiful girls. My sincere condolences Gord.

  • Cheryl Zacharias - Glenmore Millwork says:

    Dear Gord & Family,
    Thinking of you at this time of such sadness.

  • Gary & Anita Bowker says:

    Gordie, our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Stephanie Gibson says:

    My thoughts are with you and your girls during this difficult time. Sending you my sincere condolences.

  • Sara, Scott, Angus and Acacia Cousins says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We have thought of you often in the past year and you have been in our prayers. Aaryn has been a kind friend to Acacia and Angus and a welcome guest in our home. I hope we will be able to help in some way in the weeks ahead. May you find peace in the love you have for each other.

  • Greg Hewko says:

    So sorry for your loss gordie, thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Melissa fullerton says:

    Unc, Aaryn, and Amanda I wish for you today to remember all the great times with aunty, she was one of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Her laugh was infectious and was one of a kind. I can still hear it when I close my eyes. I am so sorry I can’t be there with you, to celebrate her. All our ,love Lis, bryan, Hamie, Ryker and jax xoxoxoxo

  • Tom and Betty Green says:

    Dear Gord, Amanda and Aaryn, we are thinking of you and all the people who loved Leah-Anne today. We knew her only briefly, but in that time made such an impression us. She had such a joy of life. A brave and beautiful woman who shall be sorely missed.

  • Sharon Berardi (Lommer) says:

    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Simkins, Gord and family – I was so fortunate to have Leah-Anne as a very best friend in high school. In grade 12 we would drive each other to school every day – one day in her big old green boat and one day in my old heap of a Chevy. We drank an awful lot of coffee together, walked the halls of KSS, laughed and lived. We lost touch shortly after graduation but I never ever forgot what a wonderful person Leah-Anne (Landers) was and thought of her often. I was thrilled when I was introduced to facebook and was able to reconnect with her.
    My heart stopped when I read the news of her passing – my deepest and most sincere condolences go out to you all.
    Sharon Berardi (Lommer) – Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • Erin Millie says:

    We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Leah-Anne. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with Gord, Amanda and Aaryn.

  • Mike and Debbie Henderson says:

    Gord, Amanda and Aaryn it is beyond words to express our condolences at this time please know you are in our thoughts now and often. Leah-Ann will be missed always but will live on in our hearts.

  • The Sussbauers says:

    We all are very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time

  • Judy and Ken Johnson says:

    Roy and Donna, we are thinking of you at this time. May you gain strength from your family and friends in keeping the memory of your daughter with you always.

    Judy (Farris) and Ken Johnson and Barbara Farris

  • Adell Gurski says:

    Gord, i am truly sorry. I may have lost touch over the years but have so many fond memories of our times together. You are in my prayers.

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