In Memory of

Coriene

Greenlaw

Obituary for Coriene Greenlaw



It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Coriene Frances Greenlaw on February 21st, 2024, at the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo.

Coriene was born to Frances and Roy Collier in Flatbush, Alberta, on April 3rd, 1938. The family re-located to the Lardeau Valley when Coriene and her sister Carole were young children, coming in by stern wheeler before the road was built, and settling in Howser. The family lived and worked in several logging camps in the area before opening a coffee shop and general store in Lardeau. Coriene and Carole had to walk several miles to school in Howser and finished their elementary school years in Meadow Creek. As Coriene was finishing high school in Kaslo, her sister Merle was born and Coriene went off to business college in Trail, BC.  In 1957, she married Lawrence Greenlaw and moved to the banks of Duncan Lake at Howser where they opened their first store out of a room in their house. Their children, Ron and Dolores, were born shortly after. When the Duncan Dam was built, they were forced to move, and settled in Meadow Creek, where they built a store with a house in the back. They operated Cory Service for many years.  Upon retirement, they moved up to their new home where they enjoyed the view of the mountains and valley with visiting family and friends.

Coriene was a great mother, managing her family and their business together with Larry. Her children knew they could always count on her, and she encouraged them to be whatever they wanted to be. Friends and neighbors were always welcome in their home, with tea and goodies at the ready. Coriene was very alert and loved a good joke or prank; her one-liners are legendary in the family, and we will always remember the twinkle in her bright blue eyes. She and Larry had many friends and adventures, enjoying both the Lardeau Valley and travelling. Coriene also loved the outdoors. During the summers she could often be found in the water at Glacier Creek clearing driftwood, wind surfing in her earlier days, or out on the lake fishing and water skiing. She also loved working in her yard, preferably with a fire on the go. Winters were a time for fun too, and the kids all knew that they could get her on-side for their adventures, like chasing down a bush trail on the ski hill.

We were so blessed that Coriene’s last days were spent in the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo, where she received the ultimate in care. Our thanks go out to the staff and doctors.

Coriene was predeceased by her husband Larry and survived by her sisters Carole Eftoda(husband Don, deceased) and Merle Dyck(Darrell); her children, Ron Greenlaw(Marlene), Dolores Greenlaw(Rhoalle and his son Rholrie), her grandson Colin Greenlaw, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all her family and many friends.

Please join us in a celebration of Coriene’s life to be held at the Lardeau Valley Hall at 1:00 pm, June 8th, 2024.