Lantzville is home to many wonderful young people. One who called this town home was Laura Negrave.
In 2005, Laura moved here from Grand Prairie, Alta., with her family: dad, Rod, mom, Louise, big sister Greta, little sister Inga and little brother, Carl.
Living next door, my family and I were the first to meet them as they moved into their new house. At 13 and just going into high school, Laura was the perfect age to babysit our children, then one and four, and it turned out we could not have had a better choice than our Laura.
Laura took on the world with her long legs and humoungous grin. She was a delight. The
kids loved her, and we loved and trusted her. Over the years she became part of us. She would come over to chat, paint the kids toenails on the driveway or join us to do the Polar Bear Swim at Harper Beach.
We were thrilled and proud to see her get her driver's licence, get her first job, go on adventures, graduate high school, go to college and follow dreams and goals. No matter what she did, she did it with her ever-present bright smile.
This past May, Laura Elizabeth Negrave, died in a tragic accident. She drowned.
She was working in the Valemount area, her summer job in 2013, and was by a river bank when it collapsed.
She was only 21. Rod, Louise, Greta, Inga and Carl, have lost their Laura and my heart breaks for them.
I cannot imagine the depth of their pain. We are all reeling from the loss -we miss that funny, kind, creative, quirky girl so very, very much.
Over the last few months, we have learned more about Laura. No surprises, people who knew Laura, loved Laura. She embraced everyone, everything and did it with such enthusiasm. Rod and Louise, should be proud of the girl they raised, the girl that made everyone feel so special, and the girl who had some mad skills when it came to baking. .. cake, cookies, cupcakes (and icing them).
The service for Negrave will be held on Sept. 29 at Costin Hall in Lantzville at 1 p.m. I am pretty sure that place will be packed with folks with Laura stories, telling of her love of drumming, nail polish, crafts, camping and just living a life of fun and adventure.
Speaking of fun, people attending are encouraged to do a funky hair colour and style, go wild on the nail polish colours, and this would be a great gathering to wear a tye-dyed outfit.
Laura will be missed and will remain in the hearts and minds of everyone who has ever met her.
" Kim Plumley writes about Lantzville
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