Laundry, Patricia Alice

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Patricia (Patsy) Alice Laundry (nee Lariviere) on September 1, 2021, at the age of 91 at Health Sciences North in Sudbury. We hope she is finally at peace with her family and friends who have been waiting patiently for her to arrive. Patsy was born on December 5, 1929, on a small subsistence farm in Hanmer, Ontario, along with her much-loved twin sister Claire Ainsworth (predeceased). Patsy and Claire were the daughters of Agnes Lariviere (nee Quesnel) and Thomas Lariviere. Patsy was also predeceased by an older brother Benjamin Lariviere and a younger brother John Lariviere. Patsy was the last of the Lariviere siblings and her passing is the end of an era. Patsy and her son Jim (Jimmy Laundry) met Isaiah (Ike) Laundry in 1956 in Sudbury. Patsy and Ike were married in November 1956. They raised a beautiful family who they loved dearly. Along with Jim, they had their son Chris (Laurie Harris), and their daughters Lourdis and Dominique. Mom to her kids, Patsy was also Gramma to Jennifer Laundry, Tricia Sheridan (Newfeld) and William (Bill) Newfeld, as well as Elizabeth Allen and Liam Allen. Patsy was also great- grandmother to “the girls” - Vesper and Rhyah Sheridan. Despite the limitations of Covid, Patsy was surrounded by family in her last few months, easily becoming comfortable using FaceTime to visit with her family when we could not be there in person. Multi-talented and gifted, Patsy could do it all - knitting, sewing, quilting, crocheting, tatting, and she could magically make her way through almost any pattern. Even in her last few months, she was knitting socks and mittens, much to everyone’s surprise! She left the family with many beautiful pieces from her talented hands and heart. Patsy was also a great baker and, in her day, she would bake two dozen loaves of bread and a dozen pies at a time. Patsy had many friends, some for most of her life. We thank them for their visits over the years and especially in her last few months. She was blessed to have your friendship. Mom was a force of nature and despite (or because of) the early challenges of being a single mother, she faced her many challenges head-on and she was very protective of her children. We meant the world to her. Patsy was devastated when she lost her dear husband Ike in 2012 and further saddened with the sudden loss of Lourdis in May 2020 and the tragic loss of Jim in December 2020. The last year was not an easy one for Mom but she hung in there because, as she said, “God must have kept me here for a reason”. She can now rest in peace. We love you Mom, and we will miss you. We would like to thank her many caregivers, family, friends, and neighbours over the last few years when she was still in her home as well as the doctors, nurses and PSWs at Health Sciences North. Finally, the family would like to express our loving thanks to Jennifer who was dedicated to her grandmother and visited her almost every day when she was in care. For those who wish, donations in Patsy’s memory can be made to The Canadian Cancer Society.


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  1. Yes we will surely all miss our aunt Pat, my Mother’s (Clair) twin sister. The last if an endearing matriarch, our last link to our past history. Her home was always welcoming with an open door to greet anyone who dropped by, for a snack or just lend an ear to console your greaving heart. I’m sure we all wish you the best on the next leg of your journey.

    By: Ivan Ainsworth ( nephew )
    September 4, 2021

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