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LARSEN, Shawn

June 5, 1981 – Edmonton, Alberta
May 11, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

A beautiful light has too quickly and unexpectedly left our world. Shawn Larsen passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the age of 36.

Shawn walked this earth with grace, humour, beauty, and creativity. She deeply touched those privileged enough to share her journey.

For many years Shawn was a single mother, bearing the responsibility of two young boys solely on her shoulders and recently shared that responsibility with her loving partner, Bradley. Tiane and Noa Larsen, now 10 and 7 years old respectively, will face a world without their beautiful, caring, and fiercely loving mother.

Shawn leaves behind her heartbroken family, her two amazing sons Tiane and Noa; partner Bradley Turner; her mother, Laura Boyd and her husband Frank; her father Brian Larsen and his wife Sarah; her sister Breanna Larsen and fiancée Damien Kelly; her brother Nathan Larsen and his partner Emily Newman; her other two siblings Georgina and Nick; her loving grandmother Vivi-Ann Meyer; her grandfather Clifford Larsen; as well as numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

A gathering will be held at Deane House (806 9 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a special fund – Tiane & Noa c/o Valentina Sokolov, CIBC, Box 2585, 309 – 8th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 2P2.

In living memory of Shawn Larsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Meghan Young :

    My heart filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of Shawn’s passing. I will never forget Shawn’s kindness and warmth – her incredible gift to make connections with everyone she met. My tears are flowing for a beautiful soul. She will truly be missed and always remembered. My heartfelt condolences go out to your entire family.

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  2. Laura I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter… May you find peace in the days to come.

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  3. Jenn Reid Holtby :

    To Shawn’s kids, Family and loved ones,
    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Shawn was beautiful, her light was bright, she was a gorgeous person. I am simply unable to express how sad I am that she is no longer with us. My most sincere condolences to all of you, my thoughts are with you during this tragic time.
    With all my love,
    Jenn Reid Holtby (aka Jenny Reid – that’s what Shawn still called me)

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  4. All my love to Tiane and Noa. Shawn was an amazing mother and we all adored her.

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  5. Lonnie and Geoff Starling :

    My heart stopped when I heard about this terrible tragedy.
    We are all devastated by this loss and the impact on Noa and Tiane.
    Please accept our sincerest condolences.

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  6. Jude, Elliot, Liam and "Wheels" :

    Tiane and Noa,

    You both, along with your mom, have made our little street a better place. It was apparent from our initial encounter you were not just going to be new neighbours; but, great neighbours.

    Tiane, our many chats, spoken on-the-fly while you were investigating the neighbourhood; and Noa, your works of art left out front for our morning departures, are both gifts that will long be remembered. Thank you.

    Through your sadness please try to remember the fun times with your mom and know one thing: she loved you both, very much.

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  7. mike carpenter :

    My heart goes out to my good buddy Turnsy and the loss of his love. I’ve known Brad for 20 years and in that 20 he was always close with his heart. When he met Shawn my phone blew up. He fell in love with Shawn and her two boys Noa and Tiane. The excitement in his voice spending time with the boys and being a father figure: She made a good choice in Brad and from everything Brad spoke of Shawn I would say he made a good choice in return. I’m broken hearted for Brad and Shawn’s family for their loss. All I can say out of this tragedy is that the boys and the family will have a wonderful father figure in their circle of love. I love you buddy. Stay strong, you and the family willl be ok.

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  8. Heather Ross :

    Our hearts are filled with deep sorrow over Shawn’s passing. I will always remember Shawn’s beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, and warm hugs. The first time I met her I was struck by her warm friendly genuine ways and great sense of humour. I loved listening to her talk about her love of art (and all things creative) and most of all her stories filled with pride, joy, and love for her two amazing boys, Tiane and Noa.
    She will live forever in our hearts…Heather, Matt, and Blake (Huggy Blake, that’s what Shawn and Noa call our son)

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  9. A Beautiful lady, a wonderful mom, I will never forget her smile. Tiane and Noa. I am sending you both a huge hug. Know that so many are here for you, to listen, to chat, to just be there to help in any way.

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  10. Julie morstad :

    We are heartbroken. Shawn was a radiant, beautiful soul and we’re so terribly sorry for your tragic loss.
    Love Julie Morstad and Dean Long

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  11. Michael Norris :

    My heart aches for everyone that had the immense pleasure of knowing Shawn. I will always remember her smile and its ability to light up a room. Her boys were her world. May they grow up to be as kind and beautiful as their mother. My sincere condolences.

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  12. April Rice (Thompson) :

    Our deepest condolences for all of Shawn’s family and friends. This news came as a complete shock and has left us with beautiful memories of what a gorgeous soul Shawn was. Her light and infectious smile touched all of those around her. She was such a strong Mother to her boys and I hope they can remain strong through this difficult time. We wish we could attend the gathering and be there to support her loved ones. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    April, Todd, Calia & Jaiden Rice xo

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  13. Rebecca, Dana, Gabe and Vienna :

    Shawn was always to be seen on our little street with a beautiful smile and friendly wave. In any time we spent with her, she was both thankful and generous. It is barely possible to comprehend this tragic loss to Tiane and Noa and to all of your family. Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers.

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  14. Jodie Tilley & Ryan Pinder :

    Shawn was always such a breath of fresh air whenever she came into our home. Her energy filled you with joy whenever you were with her. Her thoughtfulness and kind heart shone so brightly always. Her love for her beautiful boys was the absolute strongest kind of love around. Words can’t describe the heart break that we feel today and beyond at the loss of this amazing woman, mother, daughter and friend. We will forever miss you Shawnie. The world will not the same place without you in it.

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  15. Tammy, Denny, Shayna and Blake Brooks :

    We are very sorry for your family loss and Shawn was a wonderful lady. Noa and Tiane my heart breaks for them as well. The boys and are always welcome to our home as always.

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  16. Ginny Buckley :

    A beautiful smile, a kind heart, a wonderful mother and truly interesting person- Shawn you are missed. Our deepest condolences to her loving family and partner, and biggest hugs for Tiane and Noa. Ginny and Jett

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  17. Donna Morrison :

    Laura and Frank and family, I just read about this. I’m so terribly sorry and heartbroken for you, there are no words. My heart is with you during this very difficult time. I pray for peace in your heart. Sending my love. xoxoxoxoxo

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  18. Stephanie Butler :

    Shawn. A beautiful light. I have been touched by her kindness, and loving heart. I am filled with sadness. My heart is with her beautiful boys, her whole family, and those who were touched by her life.

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  19. Nichola Evans :

    Laura and Frank,
    My heart goes out to you all…still in shock as I’m sure you are. I hope love surrounds you through this terrible time. We are always here for you, anything you need.
    We are all praying and sending our love your way.
    Love Always, Nichola, Jase, Payton and Paisley

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  20. Tara O'Donovan :

    Sending love and hugs to all the family and friends who are struggling to come to terms with the tragic and sudden departure of a lady who brought smiles to so many. Shawn was kind- beautiful inside and out – and she will be missed. I was lucky to meet her through the friendship Noa had with our girls Abby and Maggie. we are happy to help – please reach out if there is anything you need.

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  21. Lynn and Bill West :

    Our hearts go out to Laura, Frank and their families! Never easy saying good bye to a daughter, all too soon. May she Rest In Peace, and your carry her lovely memories in your hearts forever!

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  22. Fabiola Carranza and Jonah Gray :

    To the Larsen Family: We am deeply sorry for your loss. Shawn was an incredible friend. We are grateful for the time we shared together with her as students at Emily Carr and we will cherish our memories of our days as new parents at the Frontenac in Vancouver where Shawn’s grace and humour lightened our spirit. May you two boys, Tiane and Noa, always know how much she loved you and may you feel her love in your heart always. with warm sentiment,

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  23. Tabitha Osler :

    Shawn was a gift, a magical being of light and joy. Her eyes twinkled as she smiled. My heart goes out to her beautiful boys.

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  24. Ariana Brackenbury :

    Laura, Frank and family – My heart is aching. Such a beautiful soul departing to early. All my love as you process through the grief. Giant hugs and angels to soothe the boys and all of you. Ariana xoxo

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  25. Cash, Scout, Michelle and James :

    I think I am with everyone at our small school that we are shocked and saddened by this news. Shawn’s smile was captivating. We are here for your family and anything they may need along this new path. Lots of love to you Noa and Tiane.

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  26. Greg Lefebre :

    Dear Laura and Frank, just heard the news of Shawn’s passing. Our hearts go out to you, and all your families. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.. Greg and Dixie

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  27. I am so sorry for your loss. Shawn was a wonderful, lovely young woman and her courage and love for her boys were always at the center of her being. My heart breaks for you.

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  28. Yvonne and Graham Shaw :

    Anyone that had the privilege to know Shawn is a better person for it. Her beautiful smile, her twinkling eyes, her positive energy, her kind and giving nature, and her great sense of humor always made her a true pleasure to be around. My heart goes out to her loving family, her beautiful boys, her partner Brad, and to all her friends that love and adore her. I hope that you will be able to find the strength to make peace with this incredible loss.

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  29. My heart goes out to Tiane and Noa. Shawn was a beautiful human being inside and out. Her love for her boys shone through in everything she did. She will be sorely missed. Tiane and Noa, may you always cherish and remember your mom’s amazing heart. Lean on your amazing community, they will help to see you through. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

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  30. Jane Brokenshire :

    I met Shawn during her time in Fernie. She had such a wonderful energy. She had this special way of making you feel loved. It was an instant friendship. Our kids are exactly the same age give or take a week. We had a lot of fun in the time while she lived in Fernie with the boys. Looking after each others kids and making salads for the farmers market, spending lazy days at the lake with the kids or skiing at the hill. My son (Noa’s age) is someone who doesn’t give out hugs to many people. I have a big family here in Newfoundland and he is as stingy with his hugs as anything. When Shawn and I first started taking turns babysitting, the kids were 1 and 4. Cale (my son) didn’t like being away from me and the first day he was with Shawn he got pretty upset when I left. I called Shawn from work because I had the mom guilts and she reassured me, “Don’t worry Jane. He’s sleeping now.” Astonished, I asked her how she did it and she said, “I snuggled him up and held him in my arms and sang him a song.” That was unheard of for Cale to accept that type of affection from someone other than me. But it didn’t surprise me that Shawn made it happen. She snuggled you up and made you feel better. In my eyes she was a super mom. She taught me so much. She was amazing, talented, strong, caring, and loved her boys more than anything. Tiane and Noa, (although you might not remember those days very well) you have a whole other crew on the east coast of Canada if you ever need anything at all. We are here for you. A big warm hug during this hard time and any time. Jane, Ryan, Gwen and Cale

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  31. Natasha Gaynor :

    Shawn was one of the most amazing, genuine souls I ever met. We were able to share some intense deep conversations that I will forever hold close to my heart. She had an intense love for her family and was so passionate in her Art, it was an honour to talk with her. I am truly devastated by this tragedy and can only hold on to the thought she is at peace forever on. I am a better person for having known her.

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  32. Erica Stocking :

    Shawn was a friend whose beautiful, searching spirit has always stuck with us despite distances and years passed. We are so grateful to have known her and spent time with her in Vancouver. Our love and condolences to all the family she’s left behind, especially for you Tiane and Noa. Know that your mother lives on strongly in our memories. Love, Erica, Christian, Anabel and Margie

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  33. Kim, Atiye and Gabriel :

    Our little family was devastated to hear of the incredible loss suffered by Tiane and Noa and all those who love and were close to Shawn. Though we didn’t know Shawn well, we understood her to be gracious, sensitive, beautiful and bright. I wish I had had the chance to know her better. Now our hearts go out especially to her young boys. We hope they know how much love and support they have all around them, from family, friends and neighbours. May Shawn rest in peace knowing that her boys are supported and loved by so many. God bless.

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  34. Crosland Family :

    Dear Laura, Brian,Tiane, Noa, Breanna, Nathan, Frank and family,
    Our hearts go out to you as you deal with this overwhelming loss. Shawn always had a special place in our hearts and in our family. She was such a wonderful caring person and her passion for art and her creativity made her the exceptional person that she was. We will always remember her wonderful spirit and her truly compassionate nature.
    Love to you all,
    The Crosland Family

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  35. Laurie, Al and family :

    Dear Laura and Frank and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. The previous accounts give moving testimony to Shawn’s beautiful spirit, and Sally has told us how lovely Shawn was. Please know that you have truly been in our hearts and minds, and that we have prayed for strength for all of you as you come to terms with this terrible tragedy. We never really know what those we love are experiencing.

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  36. Dianne Smith :

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the entire family circle at this sad time.

    Dianne & Dominic Smith, Ireland.

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  37. Elizabeth Gouthro :

    Dear Laura , Brian and family
    I am deeply saddened to learn of Shawn’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Elizabeth Gouthro

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  38. Brianne & Jacob Varney :

    Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain. Our deepest condolences.

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  39. Hanna and Jeff Bracken :

    To the Larsen Family,
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Hanna and Jeff Bracken

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  40. Natalie Esposito (Collver) :

    Our deepest sympathies are with you at this tragic time. Shawn was a beautiful, charismatic, loving soul. Her kindness emanated from her and her smile brightened every room she entered. She will be missed by all those who had the fortune to experience her warmth. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerest condolences from the Esposito family.

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  41. Mark Gunther :

    I knew Shawnee some time ago, back when Tiane was born, before she went to the South Pacific. I lost touch as the years past but the news of her passing has brought me low. Her smile was a light to any room, and will be missed. It saddens me greatly to think of the boys without their mother and the life they now have to face without either of their parents.

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  42. Rowen, Nick and Aimee :

    Tiane, Noa and family. We are so sorry for your loss.

    -Rowen

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  43. Bonnie, Mike & Abigail Lang :

    Tiane, Noa, Laura, Frank and family,

    Shawn was beautiful. Her spirit, her smiley eyes and cute laugh, her generous hugs and very real, authentic giving of herself have left an incredible impact in our lives. We were next door neighbors, if only for a year, but Shawn impacted me – as a mom yet to be I looked up to her and her deep, natural love for her boys and style of parenting. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that she loved Tiane and Noa so very much. Upon hearing our news that we were pregnant, I think Shawn cried more tears for our miracle baby than I did! She was so happy, and followed that up with, “Don’t you move away now!” She intuitively knew we were moving, and we bought a house a few blocks away. Her death is a stark reminder to not take relationships for granted; it was so wonderful and easy being neighbors with such an incredible woman and little family, and I’m saddened that she never met my daughter, over whom she rejoiced so much before she was even born.

    We went to church together, laughed and cried together, had such good talks across the fence and while mowing the lawn. I can’t believe she’s gone, and while her death awakens us to the reality of pain and brokenness we all experience in life, it also speaks to hope, because brokenness does not equal hopelessness when our trust is in Jesus. The grief is thick and deep – just like Shawn’s love. We loved her back, love those boys so much, and grieve with your family in this hard, sad time. Praying for you as you walk these next few months and years together.

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  44. If I could hold you one more time I’d tell you that you are so loved, so cherished and so angelic. I’d make you know that Just being near you is a rare gift. To hear you laugh and tell a story again is my wish that only comes true in my memories now.
    To Shawn’ s wonderful family and circle of friends, I’m so deeply sorry that she’s left her earthly form. A Shawn hug was the very best hug. I hope, in time, you can have peace over such an unbelievable loss.
    Tiane and Noa, I will always be nearby for you. I look forward to telling you about how special your mama is to me.

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  45. Aly Chesson and Yossi Fixler :

    There are no words to accurately convey just how unbelievably sorry we are for your loss. Shawn was, and is, such a beautiful and generous soul. We will miss her…

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  46. Heartbroken. The last few days have been filled with wonderful memories of spending time with Shawn, and her beautiful boys. Shawn was one of the brightest lights I have ever met and I feel so lucky to have called her a friend. She was so vibrant and loving, and such a devoted mother. My heart goes out to your family.
    Love Aja + Reid, Fin + Lyla

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  47. I met Shawn in High School. I crossed paths with her frequently because of mutual friends, but developed a subtle and special bond with her through our 3 years together at Western. We both loved art (had the same art class) and laughed at the same jokes. I was struck by her beauty and her kindness. She had a special kindness that you appreciate immediately..the rare kind that only becomes rarer as you age and meet more people. I received the news of her passing, from our mutual friend, just now..a day too late to attend her Memorial and I feel shocked and heartbroken. I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling but you are so blessed that she was also your gain..a significant part of your life..which can never be replaced or forgotten. Her spirit, her smile, her pure LIGHT. I hope you find comfort and continued love in her memories. She is in my thoughts..and though she may be gone physically, I am certain she will continue to live with you in spirit. Much Love.

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  48. Laura
    My heart is breaking for you, I can’t imagine how much you are missing Shawn and the pain you are going through. Shawn impacted so many with her creative spirit, bright light, and beautiful soul. She was an amazing mom and I know she loved and appreciated you so much. There is no words. You are in my thoughts, and prayers. Sending you love.
    “We will never be the same as we were before this loss, but are ever so much better for having had something so great to lose.”

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  49. kathleen emde :

    Dear Canadian Cousins.

    I am so sorry for the loss of Shawn. I remember her as such a kind and caring person. I am so thankful that I was privileged to meet her and she was so kind to us on our visits. I pray that you all will find comfort as your move forward with your journey.
    sending you prayers.
    Your American Cousins

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  50. I am overwhelmed upon reading this. My thoughts, my heart, my love goes out to you at this time. Both Gary and I wish we could be there to offer a shoulder and arms to wrap around you. We are so very sad to read this. We send our love. Susan

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  51. Jeannine Lamoureux :

    Nate, My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang on to the wonderful memories you have.

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  52. Kelly Poole :

    The world lost a great human last week, and I’m so sad. Shawn was absolutely lovely When I was in grade 1, she walked me to school every day as our mom’s both had young kids at home. Sometimes she let me hold her hand… I think it’s cause I was walking too slow! It was a time before the Glencoe path was paved or any stairs were built, so we bush-wacked! Fast forward to our University days and Shawn attended my dream school… Emily Carr. She made time to meet me on campus and tour me around the facility when I decided to come and check it out. I was sold! During our time there together we’d often have coffee dates, and I always looked up to her as she was creative, talented, funny, and beautiful. I loved seeing her smiling face around campus – I can hear her voice so clearly. When Shawn became a mom she did it with such grace, and I only hoped to make it look as easy as she did. My deepest condolences go out to the Larsen family. I’ll miss you, Shawn.

    Xo
    Kelly Poole (Wilson)

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  53. Laura and Frank…John and I are thinking of you and hold you in our prayers…..we will be here for you when you return to AZ….all our love!❤️

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  54. Dear Laura and Frank,
    Jack and I send our love to you and your family in this time of heartbreak. Know that you have a strong community of caring friends you can lean on. We are all here for you.
    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences,
    Lisa and Jack

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  55. Jeanne Campanale :

    Laura and Frank. Our heavy hearts are filled with sadness for the untimely passing of your beautiful light. Please fill yours with the beautiful memories she must have made with you and the everlasting love you have for her and her boys. May you find peace within and the support you need from all of your friends here in Arizona

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  56. Stéphanie ROSE-ELOISE :

    I spent one week with Shawn at Mountain Trek in British Columbia. It was a short time but we bonded over similar stories and kids of the same age. She was a beautiful woman, strong ( and boy, did she walk fast!!). My heart goes to you and her lovely boys. May all the love she has attracted during her time among us get back to you and fill your hearts with comfort and hope.
    With love from Martinique

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