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Born: Oct 17, 1959

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2022

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DYER: Shortly after celebrating her 63rd birthday, Lorrie Adelle Dyer peacefully passed away while surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Assiniboine Centre. Left to treasure her memory is her loving husband Ian, daughters Danielle Laferriere (Jeremy) and Taryn Claeys (Cam), and grandsons Brixon and Kohler Claeys. She also leaves to mourn her mother-in-law, Flora Dyer, and many relatives and friends. Lorrie was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Vona Cochrane, her father-in-law, Leslie Dyer, and special pet, Rascal. Born in Souris on October 17, 1959 in the year of the "Blue Snow'', Lorrie was the youngest daughter to Ken and Vona Cochrane. She grew up on the family farm south of Elgin where her love for animals and appreciation for the land began. She enjoyed the activities that accompanied being raised in the country, as well as music, skating and playing fastball. Upon graduation from high school, Lorrie moved to Winnipeg to take post-secondary education at the Red River Community College to become a Dental Assistant. While working in Winnipeg she met Ian and formed many lifelong friendships. Lorrie then relocated to Brandon, and worked for a dentist, Dr. Brian Minaker. Later, Lorrie went on to become a hairdresser working from home and then an Educational Assistant at the Rivers schools. Lorrie and Ian married on July 11, 1981. They spent 41 wonderful years together raising their family, building their beautiful home and yard and farming on the Dyer Homestead near Rivers. One of Lorrie's greatest joys was watching her girls develop their talents and supporting them in pursuit of their dreams. Over the years, attending events, concerts and watching various sports teams remained a constant. Lorrie was well-known for her active involvement in her community; she served various roles, and was frequently called upon for her creativity and attention to detail. She had a way that drew people to her and was blessed to have a large circle of friends whom she loved dearly.Everything Lorrie aspired to do, she did wholeheartedly. Her hard work and dedication earned her awards and recognitions throughout her lifetime; some of which included: Best All Around Female (Hartney Collegiate), Sportsmanship Award (Brandon Ladies Fastball), Best Farmyard Grounds (S.W. Manitoba) and Runner-up to the Best Dressed Woman in Westman (Brandon Sun). Lorrie leaves a hole in the hearts of many who admired her bright smile, generosity, adventurous spirit and quick wit. She truly brought life to the party. As Lorrie would say: wear the lipstick, buy the shoes, eat the dessert, use the fancy dishes, and dress to impress. Life's too short. A private interment and celebration of Lorrie's life has been held. Memorial donations can be sent to Rivers and Area Community Foundation, Box 714, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or email

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As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • We just learned of Lorrie’s passing this morning. Our deepest condolences to Ian and his family. Lorrie was such a kind positive person who always had a smile on her face. She will no doubt be dearly missed. - Posted by: Brenda & Jim Porter (Friend) on: May 08, 2023

  • I’m in shock to hear of Lorrie’s passing. She was far too young. She was such a classy lady. Sending sympathy to Ian and his family during this sad time. I’m sure Lorrie will be so missed by them as well as her entire community. Donna (Andrew) McGregor - Posted by: Donna Mcgregor (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Shirley Stewart (cousin of Ken) on: Nov 20, 2022

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