June 24, 2020
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Laura May Blaker. Laura passed peacefully, surrounded and held by her family on June 24, 2020 at the age of 89 years, in Cumberland, B.C.
Laura was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She was the oldest of seven siblings: Jim, Doug, Bill, Dave, Len, and Dorothea. Growing up during the Depression, she learned important life lessons: caring for people, industriousness, and being inventive and how to be thrifty. It was not an easy time, but she carried the strength of those lessons her entire life.
Laura was predeceased by her husband, Dennis Philip Blaker, in 1995. They had a long life together, raising their family in Whitehorse. Summers were spent camping throughout the Yukon, and finding all the perfect fishing spots and berry patches. Their home was filled with laughter. It was not uncommon for friends to live with the family for long periods of time, filling the small house to bursting.
Laura loved making new friends, and made them easily. She was more than happy to exercise her prodigious verbosity with anyone who stood still long enough! If you were her friend, it was for life.
Laura had a number of careers. She provided daycare for many families during the 1960’s-70’s. Laura would often send children home with a loaf of fresh baked bread, and each had a gingerbread house at Christmas.
Laura was a housekeeper at Whitehorse General Hospital. She later manned the Ziggy’s deli counter at Super Valu like it was her own. The delicious potato salad was her own recipe.
Laura was most proud of raising her family. Until her death, she continuously regaled people with tales of her children, and how proud she was of them.
Laura spent her last years on Denman Island, BC, with Maureen and Paul. She was very happy, living on a small acreage where she enjoyed puttering in the gardens, visiting her chickens and strolling the beach, collecting shells.
Laura is survived by her three children: Maureen (Paul) Stephens, Yvonne (Ken) Watson and Fred (Jacintha) Blaker; her grandchildren David, Kahlil, Amber and Emmett; and great grandchildren, Tiki and Channing.
Laura will be cremated and interred next to her husband Dennis at Tagish Lake Cemetery, where they will spend eternity fishing and picking berries together.
Immediately following, family and friends are welcome to enjoy a picnic, share stories and laughter, which is exactly what Laura wanted. The event will be announced at a later date.
A memorial page for your words can be accessed at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA.
“Dad, don’t worry, we won’t get lost. Mom isn’t driving!”
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