Laurie Sylvester passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the age of 76 in Penticton, BC following a courageous battle with cancer.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ted Sylvester; sons: Scott (Shannon) of Kindersley, SK and their children, Grace & Eve; Craig (Robyn) of Penticton, BC and their children Sergio & Pippyn; siblings: Lynn Young (Art Krouse), Victoria, BC; Brian (Shari) Kinniburgh, Drumheller, AB; Donna (Robert) Wright, Coaldale, AB; Bill Kinniburgh, Purple Springs, AB; Connie (Craig) Stone, Strathmore, AB; Tom (Brenda) Kinniburgh, Taber, AB; Cam (Charlene) Kinniburgh, Cochrane, AB; brothers-in-law: Gerry Sylvester, Vancouver, BC; Bernard (Blanche) Sylvester, Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law: Olga Sylvester, Key West, FL; Sharon Sylvester, Kelowna, BC as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Laurie is predeceased by her parents: Scott & Lois Kinniburgh; mother-in-law: Marie Sylvester; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Adrienne (Sylvester) & Herman Vercoulen; Grant Sylvester; Barry Sylvester; Marion (McAstocker) Sylvester.
Zelda Laraine “Laurie” Sylvester (Kinniburgh) was born July 5, 1941 in Lethbridge, Alberta, the oldest child of Scott & Lois Kinniburgh. Growing up on the farm at Purple Springs, AB she learned a lot of valuable life lessons from the many aunts, uncles and cousins. She enjoyed trap shooting with her dad, big game hunting with her dad, uncles and cousins. And like them, she also played a mean game of crib.
After high school in Grassy Lake, AB, where she met a number of lifelong friends, Laurie left home to attend the Galt School of Nursing in Lethbridge, Alberta. Graduating with her degree in 1963, she took her first nursing job in Kamloops, BC. This is where she met the love of her life, Ted Sylvester. After a whirl wind courtship, and some sweet talking from Ted, they were married on November 21, 1964.
In 1965 they flipped a coin to decide their next move. Calgary won the toss, and with the help of Laurie’s parents, they loaded up two vehicles and a trailer and drove all night in the middle of winter to arrive in Calgary and begin the next chapter. Laurie began working at Foothills Hospital and Ted worked at Shaw GMC.
During their time in Calgary, they welcomed two sons: Edward Scott Sylvester in February 1967 and Donovan Craig Sylvester in November 1970.
It was time to move again, returning to Ted’s home town of Penticton, BC. Laurie and Ted settled into their current home, creating an oasis in their backyard, where they hosted many functions for friends and family to enjoy.
In 1974 Laurie continued her nursing career at Penticton Regional Hospital; she worked her way through various departments, spending her last 10 years as nursing supervisor.
During this time Laurie and Ted also ran Green Tree Plants, out of the backyard in a humungous greenhouse Ted built.
Never to shy away from a challenge, Laurie followed her entrepreneurial spirit by starting a financial planning company, Money Concepts, which she grew into a successful business from 1994, until she retired.
Laurie’s many interests included the Rotary Club, where she was a member and president elect, president of the Art Gallery of Southern Okanagan, member of the Hospice board, volunteering with Ted for the Iron Man, as well as being involved in many more community activities. Laurie’s biggest love was spending time with her family, and they went on several family trips. Laurie was so pleased that she was able to attend her 23rd annual sistah’s weekend this past May.
A Celebration of Laurie’s Life will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00a.m. at the Rose Garden on Riverside Drive, next to the
S.S. Sicamous on Okanagan Lake, Penticton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Moog & Friends
Hospice House or the BC Cancer Agency. Condolences
may be shared by visiting www.everdenrust.com