Ms. Lesley Larrea | PANOW
Lesley Anne Buchanan Larrea
January 16, 1972 – November 8, 2021
I was born on Sunday January 16, 1972 in Powell River, British Columbia, to my mother Gertrud (née Schreiber) and my father David Allan Buchanan. I was an only child. (I’m sure it was because of my sheer perfection and my parents unwilling to have another child who could never live up to me. I guess we’ll never know.)
After completing high school and developing many longtime friends, I left Powell River for the life of a big city in Vancouver, British Columbia, where I attended the University of British Columbia. British, where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Spurred on by my father, I moved to Halifax in the summer of 1996 to complete my graduate degree, a Masters in Health Services Administration at Dalhousie University in 1998.
After graduating from Dalhousie, I had the honor of working for the Association of Nova Scotia Health Organizations (NSAHO) in Bedford, Nova Scotia. As a new healthcare professional, this opportunity would cement both my passion and my willingness to serve in long term care. Moving to Prince Albert in 2001 gave me the gift of working in long term care again with the Prince Albert Health District. In 2009, I followed my heart to the Mont St-Joseph house, where I worked until the untimely accident that put an end to all my joys. To say I liked my job was an understatement. Never in my wildest dreams could I have worked with, for or among better human beings. It was my second home and a second family, not only for me, but also for my children. I have never forgotten the gifts of compassion and kindness that were given to me and my family throughout my tenure, and especially during my absence after the accident.
I ask you to consider a donation to the Mont Saint-Joseph Foundation not in memory of me, but because the incredible residents who live there deserve the world.
My life changed in August 2003 when my oldest son Ethan introduced me to motherhood. Born three weeks early and rather stubborn, his entry into the world was going to change me forever. 2 and a half years later, in March 2006, my beautiful daughter Ella arrived alongside a pretty demanding princess royal.
On June 24, 2008, we said hello and goodbye to our angel Sera Anne Nycole who was born already wrapped in the loving arms of God. In August 2010, Sennett, otherwise known as Ginja Ninja, completed the clan when he was finally kicked from my premises, almost two weeks late, with a head full of bright orange hair. At that moment, my most precious gifts, my children, made me complete.
“Some people wait their whole lives to find their inspiration. I gave birth to mine. (Unknown author).
As the daughter of two extremely hardworking parents, I learned the values of tenacity and dedication to the things that are important in life.
Growing up, it was the piano, the voice and for a short time, the flute. My love for the piano began when my mother bought the Yamaha piano which remains in our home today, and traveled across Canada and back again to be by my side, no matter where I lived. The gift of music has been shared with each of my children, especially Ethan, who continues to show off his innate talent for soul playing.
As a gregarious party planner, my mother taught me the art of cooking a good feast, always making sure to prepare at least twice as much food as needed. She incorporated into my genetics her love for party planning, cooking and baking, and some well-kept secret family recipes that would become some of my family’s favorites. Not being the type to be outdone, I liked to take party planning to the next level and enjoyed not enough children’s birthday parties and special events.
And in true genetic form, Ella is meant to party even me. I am incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to so many places in my life, my favorite being Hawaii. Sennett and I shared a special bond with turtles in Hawaii; you will always be my honu baby. I am also grateful to the many friends that I hold dear in Powell River, the Maritimes, and of course the dear friends who have supported my heart and soul in Prince Albert, across Saskatchewan and around the world.
Predeceased by my daughter Sera, my parents, my grandparents, all aunts and uncles on both sides, and many special people who are close to my heart. I finally find my first fur baby, Taffi. I leave behind my three most beloved treasures, my children Ethan, Ella and Sennett, and their father, Fernando. I also leave behind many cousins, including my dear Karen (Everett) and their son James. My special puppy Molly and her little brother Theodore will always be with me.
No service on request. Instead, hug your kids, enjoy a hot cup of coffee with Bailey’s, and do all you can to preserve the dignity of those in pain. And please advocate for changes in our legal system to ensure that those guilty of driving offenses receive the punishment they deserve, as there can be no other earthly justice when someone is. killed – whether at the scene or out of heartache afterwards. My real date of death is the date of my accident, October 19, 2019; the day my world ended.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been made at Gray’s Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.