Laurie Frangos

Obituary of Laurie Elizabeth Frangos

FRANGOS, Laurie Elizabeth (nee Green) Ta Ta Creek, British Columbia December 6, 1959 - January 2, 2020 "Grief is the price we pay for love." - Queen Elizabeth II It is with broken hearts that the family announces the passing of Laurie Elizabeth Frangos in the early morning hours of January 2, 2020. After enduring a fall, Laurie succumbed to subsequent complications while wrapped in the arms of George, her partner and beloved husband of 36 years. Proud of her "army-brat" upbringing, Laurie was "made in Texas and born in Ottawa" after the family's return from their posting at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Calling many cities home, Laurie would eventually meet her soul mate while attending Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. After graduating from the Travel and Tourism Program (1981), they would soon marry and migrate west to pursue their land of hope and dreams. As a proud Canadian, following in the footsteps of family generations past, Laurie pursued a rewarding career as a public servant with the Government of Canada. Her bounty of politeness and charm left indelible prints on the special friendships she made and nurtured throughout life. This was also evident with the friendships forged while working at Veteran's Affairs Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. Laurie was a sports enthusiast at heart who enjoyed watching and playing baseball, basketball, curling and golf. Garnering trophies in curling and golf, her last achievement included sharing first place honours in 2016 at the Annual Ta Ta Creek Golf Tournament in BC. And if Trivial Pursuit were a sport, the mantle would have grown a lot more crowded. Laurie also commanded a knowledge of geography second to none which complemented her passion for travel. Laurie and her sister Cathie were kindred spirits who, upon retirement a few years ago, spent much time together enjoying common interests and the Rocky Mountain scenery in the East Kootenays. She also enjoyed spending quality time with her sister-in-law, being the "sister" Marianne never had. Laurie's daily To-Do List was short and sweet: treat others with kindness, always say "Thank You", and spread as much love as possible to the animals that surround us. The family wishes to express gratitude to the routine caregivers throughout her life (Dr. Ken Cody, Calgary, AB; Dr. Ryan Lunge & Dr. Remington, Kimberley, BC) as well as First Responders who honoured their duty on New Year's Eve morning and New Year's Day. Special thanks to Levi Leyenhorst (and his colleagues) of the High Acuity Response Team in Cranbrook, BC. Laurie lived her life with grace, gentleness, fairness, integrity, and generosity of the heart. Those were the qualities instilled in her by her parents, LCol Edward "Ted" Green, MD (d: June 1990) and Elizabeth Green (d: May 2013) and witnessed by her father-in-law Philip Frangos (d: Feb 2007). It is also in those ways that she will be fondly remembered by: her sister Cathie White (Bryant) and niece Shannon Key; her mother-in-law Georgina Frangos; her brother-in-law John Frangos (Radmila), nephew Phil Frangos, niece Sonya Rizzo (Phil), grandniece Alexa Rizzo and grandnephew Chase Rizzo; her sister-in-law Marianne Hansen and niece Beth Hansen. There are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, members of the extended family and friends throughout Canada and the US who were also touched by Laurie's grace. A memorial service will be held in London, Ontario on March 15, 2020. If friends so desire, donations may be made to your local SPCA. "Life is a mixture of pain and love, matched only by the resilience of its visitors." - George Frangos
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