Laura Grace Thomaes (nee Watson), aged 73, passed away on October 18, 2023, at Marshall Gowland Manor. She had been lovingly cared for by her family and compassionate caregivers. Laura was preceded in death by her husband Peter in 2021. She will be deeply missed as a treasured mother by Rob (Bethany) Thomaes and as a devoted and loving grandma by Eve and Van. Laura’s parents Grant (2006) and Ethel (1983) Watson also preceded her in death. She was a beloved sister to Owen (MaryAnn) Watson, Karen (David) DeRooy, and Roger (Darcy) Watson. Laura was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Jean Watson. She was an aunt to Cathy, Janice, Ronnie, Kim, Jody, David, Jennifer, Adam, Ashleigh, Nicholas, Joseph, and their families. Laura was also dearly loved by the Thomaes family.
During her career, Laura worked as a customer service and logistics manager for several companies, including CIL, ICI, Chinook Chemicals, and Traveller’s Transportation. Later in life, she pursued her passion for caring for others by becoming a PSW (Personal Support Worker). Laura excelled in athletics and was an All-Ontario fastball champion, a talented broom ball player, and an avid golfer. She also enjoyed downhill skiing. In 1998, Laura found solace and meaning in her faith in Jesus Christ. She lived a life filled with His mercy, grace, and love, and dedicated herself to helping others experience His healing grace, particularly those who had endured childhood or adolescent struggles.
The family is immensely grateful for the support they have received during this difficult time. They extend special appreciation to the caregivers at Bluewater Health, Marshall Gowland Manor, and Home Instead. Laura’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service. For those unable to attend in person, the funeral service will be live-streamed on the Smith Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to U-Turn Ministries, Operation Smile, or the Alzheimer Society. Condolences and memories can be shared online at the Smith Funeral Home website, http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca.