Eunice Laycraft of Chatham passed away peacefully at Riverview Gardens on Saturday April 6, 2019. She is the loving daughter of the late Annie (Powell) and Harold Gardiner. Beloved wife of the late Norman Laycraft (1983). She will be remembered always by her step sons Bruce, Gordon and Ross. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Marilyn Gardiner, Kathryn Gardiner, 4 nieces and a nephew. Predeceased by brothers Glenn (Edith) Gardiner, Max (Kaye) Gardiner, Murray Gardiner, John (Donelda) Gardiner and Ross Gardiner.
Eunice always loved to write and at age 12 she had her first bylines in the Family Herald and Star Weekly. From 1946-1956 she was the news editor for CFCO Radio in Chatham and for the next two years worked as a broadcaster and news writer for CFPL Radio in London. In 1958 she moved to a position as morning commentator for CBC Radio in Ottawa and from there moved to print media becoming the Women’s Editor for the Ottawa Journal until 1967. She freelanced and remained with the Ottawa Journal as a columnist until her retirement in 1979.
In keeping with Eunice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Internment of her ashes will take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Parry and the staff of 3 West at Riverview Gardens for their kind and compassionate care.
Friends wishing to remember Eunice with a memorial donation are asked to consider Friends of the New Animal Shelter.