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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 Fri, 06/11/2021 - 04:47:AM


Angela Powell

I am very thankful for many happy times together with Laura. She will be dearly missed. A beautiful, loving, generous and compassionate person. My deepest condolences. Hugs.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 04:54:AM



It was such a gift to have known Laura and experienced all the kindness, love and caring she gave to everyone she knew.
It was such an honour to call her a friend.
She will be missed everyday by all whose lives she touched. Your beautiful smile and laugh will always live on in our hearts ❤️❤️

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/11/2021 - 11:49:PM


Uncle Dick

I'm going to miss you kid, especially your unconditional love.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 05:36:AM



It is difficult to pass along a hug via digital format. Our thoughts go out to all of us who loved and new Laura as family, friends and those in her community. Laura, I hope you and your dad are out there somewhere together again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 07:44:AM


Sylvie and Dana Carter

Our sincere condolences to the family. Treasure the happy moments, they will help you get through this very difficult time.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 08:06:AM


Mike and Paulyn Clairoux(Meilleur)

Thoughts and Prayers sent to all family and friends during such a difficult time. Laura was such a beautiful person inside and out, always smiling.
All Our Love

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 11:53:AM


Daryl and Marilyn Logan

It just isn't fair that such a happy, loving, and generous soul should be taken well before her time. Sincerest condolences to all the family and friends. May you treasure Laura's memory forever.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 12:40:PM


Christopher Cleator

Sending love and strength to the whole family. Laura was a wonderful human being taken far too soon. Our thoughts are with you all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 12:49:PM


Merril Osers

My sincerest sympathies for your loss, a life taken much too soon. I will always remember Laura's joyful spirit. Love to the whole family.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/12/2021 - 01:13:PM


Carol and Bob Urchison

Laura is a sparking jewel in the family crown and now she is a glowing star in our sky. So much love surrounded her. Love to Dawn, Robin, Diane, Travis and Corey and the grandchildren plus the rest of the family clan that cherish our memories of fun times with Laura at the helm. ?

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