June 10, 1936 – January 14, 2019
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”~ Dr. Seuss
Sylvia was born in Whitehorse, YT, the youngest of 5 children born to Charlotte and Owen Williams. Owen immigrated from Wales and Charlotte was the daughter of John (Sandy) MacPherson and Isabella MacPherson. Sandy originally travelled from Scotland and arrived in the Yukon by way of the Chilkoot Trail in 1898 to seek his fortune.
Sylvia loved growing up in Whitehorse and had great memories to share of when the town was quite different than today, life was less complicated and a little more care-free. She met and married Louis LaRocque in the mid-1950s and together they had 4 children. As a family many week-ends were spent at Tagish Lake fishing, playing cards, snowmobiling, and dodging the occasional bat that made its way into the cabin.
Sylvia later moved to Edmonton, AB and married Donald Pring who predeceased her 28 years ago. The Yukon, children and grandchildren eventually called her back and she spent the last 22 years in Whitehorse right where her roots began.
Sylvia’s sense of humour and determination to live life on her terms never wavered throughout her illness. She spent her last few weeks spending time with all those who loved her. Just as she wanted, she left on her next journey with a toast of Rum Chata, her 4 kids by her side, and the confidence her pie crust recipe would live on.
She will be missed so much by her children Lonnie (Jody), Lorne (Fran), Desiree (Rick), Derwyn; Roberta, Danny, Grandchildren Becky, Kelly, Alcina, Nicole, Robert, Tory, Samantha, Great- Grandchildren Madi, Sydney, Kyuss, Cohen, Otis, Koda, and many special friends.
The family would like to say a special thank-you to Dr. Himmelsbach, Dr. MacDonald, Teresa MacKenzie and every single nurse at WGH who cared for her, you looked after her so well – you were all her favourites.
No service will be held, as per Sylvia’s request.