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Lauretta (Laurie) Florence Pauline Quirt (Rayner)

March 3, 1929 - September 9, 2021


Mom was predeceased by her Mother Florence Minnie Clara Gladwish (1931) and her Father Sydney Arthur Rayner (1938). From whom all she ever desired was to have a photo to be able to see their faces. Also predeceased by her husband, Francis (Frank) Arthur Quirt, her son, George Arthur Quirt, and eldest daughter, Lauretta Louise Zawalsky.

She is survived by her daughters; Pamela (Curtis) O’Brien, Lynn aka Rosie Crosby (Art), granddaughters Jennifer (Tim), Mianne, and grandsons Ryan and Keifer, and extended family in Winnipeg.

She was a career secretary prior to marrying, and worked off and on as her family grew.  But her family and home fast became what was most important in her life.  Mom was the best parent a child could ever want. She was a resilient women who was not only an amazing homemaker, wife, mother, sister in law, and friend, she was a supportive, loving, and generous women to many of her children’s friends.  She instilled in us a strong moral compass, encouraged us to follow our dreams, always made time for us, and gave advice without judgements. She was the huge proponent in raising us to be independent self reliant individuals.

She had an amazing sense of humour, was very well read, and loved to try new recipes. She would recount memories of her life that would enthrall us. She appreciated all genres of music, and enjoyed the arts. If she didn’t know how to do something she always said you can find a book and learn for yourself.

She loved each of her children intensely but I believe that she loved her “baby” Lynn the most deeply. They become constant companions in adulthood, lived together for a time after Dad died, travelled together, and were best friends. They were always each other’s advocate.

Mom beat cancer twice, had both knees replaced and one hip, but was able to die of old age, with Pam and Lynn holding her hands, supporting her in her last few breaths.

We love you Mom, thanks so much for being you, but most especially for being our Mom.

In lieu of any main stream form of tribute we ask that you please be there for our elderly.  Visit as often as you are able, send cards, phone, attend their milestones, and include them in your lives. Finally, just as importantly, be their advocate for when they are unable.


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From: Sandi Mazur (Quirt)
Relation: She was my Aunt

I have so, so many wonderful memories of my Auntie Laurie, Uncle Frank and my cousins. From the time I was a little girl, my Auntie treated me like one of her own & I was always welcome. Memories of their house on Dorchester in Winnipeg, the giant Christmas tree decorated with angel hair a gingerbread men for the picking. I visited Auntie Laurie when I could and she will be dearly missed. Her kindness and gentle voice will stay with me forever. I love you Auntie Laurie xoxoxo

From: Pam O'Brien
Relation: My Mother

I aspire to be a Mom as special as you were. Thank-you for teaching me all you knew on how to raise, love, and nurture my kids. Love you forever!

From: Christine Sackrison

Its been forever since I last saw her, but when I’ve seen pictures of her over the years, I always remember the sweetest smile and most raucous laughter not to forget a beautiful voice too.

From: Sandy Sawatzky
Relation: Friend of Family

Lynn and Pam, That was a beautiful Tribute 🤗
She was a very special lady and have many good memories from living in Winnipeg. She treated us kids like we were her own and I was very greatful for that. Loved her💕and so sorry to you Pam, Art and family for your loss..
R.I.P. Mrs. Quirt💔💕

From: Kim fraser
Relation: Through Rosie

Condolences to you and family. I was very lucky to have met this kind lady. Her blue sparkling eyes that would look at you and say your beautiful. Then kiss your hand and smile. Beautiful soul, may your mom RIP and know she is always watching over you all❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

From: Linda Berry
Relation: Family friend

Hey you guys I was so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I spent many years at the Quirt’s on Coleridge Park drive in Winnipeg. Your parents were a second set of parents to me. I remember your mom always smiling and enjoying our company. Lynn and I spent many Saturday nights in their family room watching Saturday Night Live, ping pong in the basement with big sister Loretta, big brother George and beautiful sister Pam. Your mom mothered all of us and made motherhood look easy. I strove to have my home feel like your home when my kids were teens. I think of those years fondly. Love, Linda

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