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Submitted by katrina on Wed, 06/09/2021 - 03:49:PM

Surrounded by the love of family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Laura Diane Duke, 61, Monday, June 7, 2021. She fought valiantly in her crusade against pancreatic cancer, but it was not to be.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, she was the youngest daughter of Dawn (Cleator) and the late Donald Duke. She is survived by her loving partner Mark Powell, daughters Robin Cole (Patrick), Diane Cole (Kevin), sons Travis Cole (Ariane), Corey Duke-Laplante (Jamie-Lee); grandchildren Beatrix, Jackson, Lukas, and Charleston; mother Dawn, sister Wendy Meilleur (Len); extended family and friends. Laura was predeceased by her husband of 19 years, Fernand (Fern) Laplante, who passed away in 2015.

Laura was the most courageous, loving, insightful, and compassionate soul who is now, and forever will be, missed by all. She was the best Mom, Grandma, wife, partner, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. In addition to that, she was an accomplished editor, librarian, master organizer and wellness ambassador. She touched so many in her life and we know she cherished all those she met.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to the entire medical team, palliative hospice support team, and medical professionals that allowed us to have a little more time with her. And thank you to all for the support, communication, pictures and kind thoughts offered throughout her battle: Laura received it all and will continue to be cherished by her loved ones.

In view of the current COVID-19 restrictions, no public funeral is planned. In terms of flowers, we ask that you choose to keep them in your home, in her memory. Laura loved her flowers, but more importantly, her caring nature enjoyed sharing them with all those that she loved. If a donation is to be made in Laura’s name, the charity Pancreatic Cancer Canada could be considered.

The kiss of the Sun for Pardon,
The songs of the birds for Mirth, 
One nearer Laura’s heart in a garden, 
Then anywhere else on earth.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/09/2021 - 07:01:PM


Marilyn Miller

Beautiful words for a beautiful person. Peace to all...

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Carolyn Green

We are so very sorry for your loss. Laura was such a kindhearted and giving person. She had love for everyone and will be truly missed. Sending you our deepest love,
Carolyn and Family

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/10/2021 - 07:28:AM



One of the most caring loving beautiful woman I had the privilege to get to know. Always a smile on her face that made you feel loved. We will all miss her here but her soul will carry on her journey in life. ??

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Charisa Gerow

My deepest condolences to your family, and may you be reunited with her one day again.


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Cynthia Cleator

My heart goes out to all her family and I send love a light to everyone that was close to this amazing soul! My cousin has the biggest smile, such kindness, soooo kind and such a beautiful soul taken too early!!! I will miss you my dear cousin may we meet again and laugh in heaven together! So many hugs to you all I can’t truly express how much love I am sending!!!!!!! ??

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Claudette Lalonde

My sincere condolences Mark, Dawn, Wendy, Robin, Diane, Travis, Corey and to all your family. My heart goes out to you in these difficult times. May cherish memories bring moments of comfort. Laura will be missed so much I am so grateful that she was my sister-in-law and that we share so many families gathering. Laura was an amazing person whom I love, respect and enjoyed her company. RIP Laura you will be in my thoughts, in my life always. Big hugs to all your family.

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Elisabeth powell

Forever thankful for her memories.

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Jonas Abromaitis

Laura was a bright light and kind heart in her neighbourhood. She is missed. Condolences and prayers to all who loved her.

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Dawn Duke

I thank the Lord for such a wonderful human being, and that I had the privilege of being her Mom.

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Steven and Rachel Gerow

Our heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort and peace in the grace of God as you grieve for the loss of Laura.
Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me.

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