Laurie Lynne Atkins Kanis

September 13, 1959 ‒ November 01, 2017

Ontario, Ohio

Ontario: Laurie Kanis never met a garage sale she didn’t love! A card-carrying member of the “Garage Sale Club of America” she just couldn’t resist a good find. It was a natural extension of her generosity and big heart: most of her finds became gifts to people she knew with needs.

Remembered for her unconditional love, Laurie passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday evening November 1, 2017 from Avita Ontario Hospital following an apparent heart attack. She was 58.

Born Laurie Lynne Atkins in Mansfield September 13, 1959 to Charles H. and Mary Anna (Jeffrey) Atkins, she was graduated from Madison High School in 1978. After a short time as a home health aide, she worked 18 years with GTE/Verizon/Frontier with customer service. Recently, she began cleaning Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church.

Even in the face of adversity, Laurie maintained a positive attitude, though she couldn’t maintain a schedule: Laurie was always running late!

She was a gifted crafter, who excelled in beading, making necklaces and sewing: Laurie quilted projects for many family members. An excellent cook and baker, she was renowned for her deviled eggs, sweet tea, gobs (moon pies) and ginger cream cookies.

She was a member of Woodville Grace Brethren Church and more recently attended Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church.

She is survived by her husband Leslie, whom she married April 28, 2002 in Las Vegas in the Little White Chapel before Elvis!

Also surviving are her son Aaron (Lorelei Wynn) Finley of Mansfield; stepdaughter Melissa (Jason) Snow of Ashland; grandchildren Mercedes (Anthony Davis) Ayers, Kaleb Finley, Aaryanna Hicks, Christopher Hoffman and Brock Wood; great grandson Brantley Davis; her mother Mary Anna Atkins of Burbank; siblings the Rev. Dr. David (Joyce) Atkins of Wooster, Daniel (Lori) Atkins of Lexington, Jane Atkins Hicks (fiancé Bruce Morrison) of Smithville, and Luke (Sherry) Wheeler of Saluda, SC; cherished friends Jan & Carl Bryan of Aiken, SC; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Angela Weirick on February 28, 2014; and her father on August 5, 2011.

The Kanis family will receive friends Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Her brother David will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions to Starfish Project of Richland County, may be made at the funeral home.

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  • We are so very sorry to hear about Laurie, she was a wonderful person with a big heart. She will be missed in many ways, rest in peace my friend.

    Gary and Julie Craft Jr.

  • I am so sorry for all of your loss of a daughter, sister, mom and grandma. Will never forget every time you would run into Hurley he would tell the story of the “three” Laurie’s he had in youth group and what we stirred up. So sad the trio is down to a duo. She was a good friend and beautiful person.

  • So very saddened to hear of Laurie’s passing. We grew up in Mansfield/Lexington together along with our friend Laura Arehart Carter. We all attended church together and were pretty much known as the 3 L trouble makers. I remember spending many overnights at her house when I was so very young. I moved away to Florida but we caught up on Facebook several years later and I learned of her daughter’s death, my husband had the same issues as Angie and also passed away, we bonded over shared heartbreak. Now a whole new heartbreak. May you all be at peace knowing she is back with her daughter and other loved ones celebrating a new life with our Savior. Until we meet again sweet soul, play in Heaven ~ <3 ~

  • We are sadden to learn of your Loved One passing. Knowing she is in the presence of Jesus makes it easier . We will pray for you as you go through this time of grief and loss.

    Your Woodville Friends , Bob and Shirley Wise

  • We are so sorry for the loss of such a kind and beautiful person. We are praying for your family.,

  • Laurie always has treated me as a daughter I am still just shocked over this. When we lost my mom in 2014 Laurie said to me she had lost her daughter and I had lost mom and she felt we were brought closer to help each other through the losses. Laurie and my mom were so close Aaron called them the odd couple. I am forever blessed that I have had Laurie in my life she was and will always be mama to me. She was an amazing grandmother not just to the 2 children I have with her son Aaron she treated and loved my youngest son kamdin as her grandson and he adored grandma Laurie. Kaleb is devastated as we all are right now. I take comfort knowing Angie and mom are with her in heaven! Mama I love you and I miss you so much you were my rock and my guidence in being a mother I love you. Please watch over the kids and I rest in peace mama Laurie!😢😢

  • I’m sorry for your family’s loss.
    Laurie went home to the Lord to be with Angie and she is happy now with no more grief or pain. This whole family is in my thoughts and prayers especially the grandchildren.

  • Recently re-acquainted with Laurie and Les, Laurie is one of the beautiful children that was raised by a godly mother that, through the early years of our marriage, was an example of a ” Proverbs 31″ woman. Recent visits, at church, with Laurie and Les, reached on a loving and genuine feeling level, the emotions and hurt regarding the death of a child. Her love and care for “you” and for that pain of loss was very comforting. That person had a name other than “your daughter”. The ability for this comfort and care will be missed by many. Thank you Laurie and Les.

    Our prayers for your whole family will be that others will give you that special love that had been given to us through this couple and through God. Ed and Marilyn Taylor

  • I will always be thankful for our Cousin Picnic last August. Little did we know that this would be the last time we would have Laurie with us!

    We love you, Laurie!! Your kind heart was so evident to all of us! My sisters and our families send our prayers to Les, and to the Atkins family!!!

    We will miss you!