Gail Laferriere Obituary - Brandon, Manitoba | Memories Chapel


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Obituary for Gail Diane Laferriere

Gail Diane  Laferriere
With sadness we announce the passing of Gail Diane Laferriere (nee Coxe) on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at 70 years of age. Gail was born on September 12, 1945 in Minnedosa, MB to Aylsworth and Dorothy Coxe. Remaining to cherish the memory of Gail are her loving husband of 49 years, Claude; children Pam Phillips (Murray) and Wanda Borschawa (Peter); grandchildren Lance (Jas), Ryan (Elena), Dustin and Shelby; siblings Ray, Yvonne (Shaw), Norinne (Young), and Clare (Donna) and numerous extended family. Gail grew up on the family farm and went to elementary school at Roseneath in the RM of Odanah, graduating from Minnedosa Collegiate. After graduation she attended the Manitoba Vocational Center in Brandon, Manitoba and then worked in a bank in Winnipeg until she married Claude, October 15, 1966. Together they farmed in the Roseneath District until their retirement in 2001. Gail was very active in the farming operation, running equipment, gardening, and working with the animals. They continued to live in the farmyard until 2015. The lights of her life, Pam and Wanda were born while on the farm. She ensured that they were ready to face the world by modeling how to run a house, work hard, and love their husbands. After the girls were grown she celebrated their marriages and the births of their children. She adored each of the grandchildren, celebrated their accomplishments, and encouraged them to always do their best. Even when spoiling them she still required accountability. She always wanted to know what and how they were doing. She enjoyed having the grandchildren come to stay, even being known to ask when the parents were leaving them. Gail enjoyed sports especially curling and ball; music, 4-H, and singing in the choir for special events. Gail and Claude became snowbirds and spent many winters in Florida where they made many lifelong friends. In their retirement years she took up shuffleboard, winning many tournaments and representing Manitoba at the Canadian Senior Games, and Canada in the World Senior Games. Gail was a community girl who pitched in for all events. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone and saw the potential in everyone. She was predeceased by her parents Aylsworth and Dorothy (nee Neabel) Coxe. A Celebration of Gail’s life took place at Memories Chapel on Thursday, February 11, 2016 with Pastor Gary Jennings officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Gail may be made to a charity of choice.
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