In memory of
Laura Evelyn Butler
Sadly, the family of Laura Evelyn Butler announce her passing on Friday, Dec. 23rd, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospice, Thunder Bay, ON. Laura was born August 13th, 1929 in Toronto to Edmund and Vera (Conboy) Butler. She had 1 brother, Edward, 10 years her senior. Laura graduated from The Hospital for Sick Children's nursing program in 1953. Early on she became interested in community nursing, working for the V.O.N. (Toronto), where she developed an interest in the Public Health field as well. In 1957 she was awarded a bursary to attend the University of Western Ontario earning her Public Health Diploma. Following this achievement she was assigned to the Fort William Health Unit as a staff nurse for 1 year, as part of the bursary commitment. Laura enjoyed this area of NW Ontario so much that she made it her home, developing many friendships and enjoying the challenges of her chosen career. She continued to further her education at Lakehead University earning her BScN in 1967. Laura enjoyed several administrative positions through the years, the last as Director of Nursing with the Thunder Bay and District Public Health Unit, retiring in 1994. Laura was a champion of nursing and education, working tirelessly to promote high standards both within the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), of which she was elected Provincial President for the 1969-71 term of office. She was also very interested in community affairs and was a lifetime member of Soroptomist International. She had a wonderful life, having grown up in a two-generational family home, developing a strong personal faith and enjoying the love of both her parents and grandparents, "where love was received and returned unconditionally". She enjoyed travelling with friends to many countries, as well as camping and fishing at Shebandowan Lake and had many fond memories of both. Laura endured serious health challenges over the past 4 years but expressed that she was not afraid of death, as she felt it was a normal process of life and she trusted that God would take care of her in death as in life. Left behind to remember Laura is her loving partner Irene Pinch, her nephew Gregory Butler (Cynthia), great niece Andrea Butler (Tiffany Commins) and great great nephew Pearson Butler-Commins. Thank you to CCAC for providing Laura with wonderful care over the past 4 years, to Bayshore nurses and homemakers as well as the staff of TBRHSC and St. Joseph's Care Group involved with her care; and special thanks to the hospice unit who provided Laura and Irene with such compassionate care. We are especially grateful to Dr. K. Skunta for her ongoing care and sensitivity at TBRHSC and Drs. E. Webster, G. Milne, K. Miller and G. Davis for their support during Laura's long illness. Laura had a special affection for animals and so, if desired, donations to the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society in Laura's name would be appreciated. A celebration of life will take place in the spring; date to be announced. After Glow I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done. Online condolences may be made through www.nwfainc.com
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