April 14, 1926 – July 1, 2019
Laura Dorothy Gooch passed away to be with our dad in the early morning of July 1, 2019. She was born in Dysart, Saskatchewan on April 14, 1926, the second child of 4 to Harry and Marion Thomas. Mom left school after grade nine to work as a nanny. She then went on to work for a Doctor to train as a nurse. Later moved to Regina to work for a Dentist. He always took his staff to the football games, this is how her lifelong passion for the Saskatchewan Roughriders started. She met Bruce Gooch at his brother, Bill Gooch’s wedding. They were married in 1957 and went on to have 3 children, Karen, Darlene & Kevin.
They owned three businesses in Tappen, Keremeos and Sicamous. Bruce and Laura were very involved with Square Dancing.
Laura is survived by Karen (Bill), Brett (Ashley), Sean (Jaimie), Morrey (Rosena); Darlene (Daryl), Jesse; Kevin (Arlene), Devin (Heather), Kayla and Landon; 2 great grandchildren, Kyle and Tatianna; and her sister, Marion Hendrix.
She was predeceased by our dad, Bruce, her brother Ken, and sister Lillian, her parents Harry and Marion Thomas.
Laura will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The funeral service will be held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Saturday morning, July 13th at 11 am with Jack Bowers and Pastor George Fleming officiating. A reception will follow at the Mountainside room at Bowers prior to interment in Mt. Ida Cemetery where Bruce and Laura will be TOGETHER FOREVER.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3
Online condolences can be sent to Laura’s obituary at www. bowersfuneralservice.com.
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