Laura Alma Prout
May 10, 1926 – January 6, 2006
Laura (Erickson) Prout born in Mapes BC, the only daughter of four children of Henry Simon Erickson and Alma Lage from Brookings South Dakota. Laura lived her youthful years in the Mapes district attending public school at Meadowdale – her first teacher being Mrs. Grace (McIntosh) Pebernat and high school at Vanderhoof. After marrying Reginald Prout in 1956 she then lived the rest of her years in Vanderhoof, BC. Laura had numerous jobs throughout the years, In 1947 her first work experience was on the River Ranch for two of the well known colourful figures of our community Rich and Gloria Hobson. From there she worked in Vanderhoof at the Silver Grill, A&M Grocery, Home Support Services, Royal Bank and last was an employee of the Vanderhoof Post Office for 20 years, finishing her career in 1977. Laura was well known for giving a great deal of her time volunteering for the Vanderhoof community. She was a lifetime member of OPEO (Women of the Royal Purple), lifetime member of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Vanderhoof Fireman, as well she was also a member of the Sinkut Womens Institute up until just before her passing. Laura’s interests were varied. A new adventure to Alaska, Tumbler Ridge, Idaho or just a jaunt in the country side of this area with her friends was a real passion of hers. In her later years driving around with her best companion of all “Skipper” as her mascot touring the back roads or to visit friends was an everyday occurrence. She loved animals and always was giving free handouts to any strays that would wander her direction, – be it crows, dogs or cats as in her words “they were all God’s creations” – Laura was an avid supporter of the SPCA. Laura had a vast knowledge of the Vanderhoof and surrounding area, she loved to tell stories of yester-years, sing little ditties, tell jokes or spin out little rhymes. She enjoyed fishing, dabbled in painting, knitted slippers for many, and had an amazing gusto for yard sales. Laura will be missed by all who knew her and will always be remembered for her most admirable characteristics of generosity, kindness and wholehearted love of friends, children and of course that spot of honey in the tea!