It is with shattered hearts that we announce the passing of Lori Yawney, on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at 61 years old, while surrounded by her family. Loving wife and partner of Lorne Newell for 45 years, adored mother of Leanne Newell (Morgan Bowles) and Elise Newell (Erik Wachman), and cherished daughter of Nancy Jacyk and the late Peter Yawney.
From a young age Lori had an affinity and aptitude for art in all forms, and this passion was omnipresent in every aspect of her life. Following high-school Lori pursued an education and career in Graphic Design, before starting a family. As a full-time mother, she built a magical childhood for her daughters filled with family traditions, crafts and learning at every turn, and most importantly unconditional love. Lori returned to post-secondary studies as a mature student - balancing family and education to complete her BA with Distinction and BEd at the University of Toronto, and began her second career as a teacher, where the artist in her ensured her students always benefited from the most creative activities. While Lori enjoyed spending her free time painting in water-colours, sewing, baking, or creating in the pottery studio, her number one focus was always her family. She was selfless, devoted, and tireless in doing all the big and small things to take care of and put first those she loved. Lori will be immeasurably missed, but the love she shared was so absolute that it will be felt forever.