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Leila Joy Spiers (Nee Laurila)

January 8, 1975 — April 18, 2022

January 8, 1975-April 18, 2022

It is with deep sadness that the family announce the passing of Leila Joy Spiers at the age of 47. She was handed off to the angels by the love of her life, who never left her side, at 3:15 a.m.

Leila will be watching over her loving husband: James Spiers, her beautiful children: Austin (Tiara), Declan (Nevada), and Tannon, mother: Liz Laurila, mother-in-law & father-in-law: James Sr. & Mary Spiers, brother: Lyle Laurila (Wendy), nephews: Hunter & Colton, childhood friends: Tammy, Richard & family, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends from Canada, United States, and United Kingdom.

Leila will be reuniting with her father, Melvin Laurila, grandparents, Margaret McCurry & Hugh McCurry and Lillian Laurila, and godparents Uncle Kenny & Aunty Del Pasaluko.

She came into this world with a zest for life. Always wanting to learn and master new things. From Highland dancing, to figure skating, to ballet; she loved the arts. Leila also loved scoring points on her little brother, Lyle. To the very end those two were still teasing one other.

While in her late teens, Leila met and fell in love with her soul mate, James. They went on to marry and were planning to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this August. With all of the adventures they had throughout their marriage, their biggest and most memorable were having their three boys; Austin, Declan, and Tannon. Leila beamed with pride for her children as her and James taught them to be the most amazing young men who tended to their mother throughout this difficult time. She also had a tender heart for her nephews; Hunter and Colton.

Aside from loving her family, Leila’s other love was teaching. She attended Brandon University and received her Bachelor of Education and went on to share her passion at Sagkeeng Junior High School. She treated her students like her own. Her greatest joy was finding information and resources that would help someone.

Leila was a fierce loving mother, beautiful wife, wild-hearted daughter, protective big sister, fun-loving aunty, amazing teacher, caring friend, and one bad-ass tough cookie who will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

In honor of Leila, please do something she would do…laugh out loud, dance like no one’s watching, volunteer in the community, and hug your kids with all your heart.

A huge thank you to Dr. Bruneau, nurses, and staff at the Pinawa Hospital. Your support and compassion went above and beyond all expectations.

Another big thank you to Principal Henry Grant and staff at Sagkeeng Junior High School.

Leila’s students meant the world to her. She considered them like her own kiddos. Leila felt so very honored to receive her Ojibwe name, Niigaani Binesi Ikwe, meaning Leading Thunderbird Woman.

The family could not have gotten through this without the support of the staff at École Communautaire Saint-George and are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate towards Leila’s Lilies. This fund has been set up in Leila’s honor which will provide a bursary for a student attending École Communautaire Saint-Georges. Cheques are payable to << Organisme de bienfaisance – DSFM >>, 1263 Dawson Road, Lorette,  MB R5K 0S1, with reference to Leila’s Lilies.

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