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LAVANA GENTRAY (SOROKOWSKI)
Born: Apr 10, 1927
Date of Passing: Jul 16, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
April 10, 1927 - July 16, 2021
Survived by her daughter Linda Williams; grandchildren, Michael, Shawnne, Shyloe, Robyn and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Jasper and Kaydence; along with sisters, Lois and Charlotte.
She was predeceased by her first husband Edward Williams; recent husband Edward; son Anthony; daughter Rio; five sisters and two brothers.
Lavana served in the Second World War Army with the Canadian Women's Army Corp as a performer on horseback in Canada and England. Her passion was singing, playing mandolin (self-taught), guitar and harmonica and later the organ. Lavana studied, practiced and was a proud teacher of Transcendental Meditation for many years. Lavana was a very unique lady with too many accomplishments to list.
Lavana married twice before finding the love of her life Edward. They spent many happy years together raising their family and travelling, enjoying fellowships at the Senior Centres in Transcona, participating in Remembrance Day services at the Elmwood Legion - of which she was a member. There were fun times at the cottage at Falcon Lake and meeting family at many different restaurants to enjoy a meal and quality time together.
In accordance with Lavana's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
To Linda and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Auntie Lavana was such an amazing woman. A real firecracker, filled with unapologetic strong opinions that she was not afraid to voice - truly an amazing feminist role model. My mom, Iva, would tell me stories of your mom with such fondness. Iva was so proud of Lavana and her service to Canada. I know they had such a special relationship. My hopes are that they are together in another place, catching up "in person", lots of hugs and laughter. xo Shelley - Posted by: Shelley Smith (Niece) on: Jul 28, 2021
I first met Lavana at my introduction to Transcendental Meditation. I still remember her powerful presence and her conviction. And also I’ll never forget her white mink coat she was wearing. She had a flare about her. I love her so much. - Posted by: Elizabeth Innes (Student and friend ) on: Jul 25, 2021
Lavana was a seeker and in my opinion, exemplified those very human qualities of strength of character, courage and resilience in the face of at times extremely challenging circumstances in her life. Lavana was a good friend to many and we all wish her great happiness and fulfilment in her continuing journey. Much love always, Lavana. - Posted by: David Wilken (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2021
I met Lavana years ago as I work at Kildonan Place shopping center. She and Ed would come in and walk and enjoy people watching. After Ed passed she would come and use one of our electric scooters. She and I developed quite a close relationship. She would tell me stories of her life that were absolutely fascinating! We had a few deep conversations about “men” and would give each other advice. LOL! She was a unique individual absolute pleasure to have met in my lifetime. Obviously I have not seen her in the last two years, And now I’m saddened to hear she has passed. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family, please know she made a lasting impact on me and I’m sure on all she met. Xoxo - Posted by: Lori Hickey (Friend ) on: Jul 24, 2021
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