Laura Milley (Boutcher)

October 25, 1925 to November 13, 2021


To view the funeral service for Laura Milley on Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m., please follow the link below:


Laura Milley (Boutcher) was born on October 25, 1925 in Kingwell, Placentia Bay. Sadly, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 she passed peacefully away at Meadow Creek Retirement Home. She lived a long and fulfilling life, becoming Laura Milley as the wife of Doug, mother to Carolyn and Glenna, grandmother to 6, great-grandmother to 10.

Mom is predeceased by her parents, John and Bertha (Stacey) Boutcher, Husband Douglas James (1995), Sisters Sylvia Roach, Marcella Baker, infant sister Emily Boutcher; sisters-in-law Elva Rose (Bill), Doris Murray (Clinton), brothers-in-law Ron Milley (Clara), Chesley Milley (Betty), Reginald Milley (Lorraine).

Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are daughters Carolyn (Bill Hickey), Glenna (Ken Smith); Sister Ina (Joe McNally, deceased), Step-sister Linda Rodway. Grandchildren Joel Hickey (Karen Careen), Allan Hickey, Karla Walsh (Jenna Currie), Jaclyn (Grant Pitman), Julia (James LeBlanc), and Mark Smith (Vanessa Kearsey). Great-Grandchildren Nathan and Charlotte Hickey, Shannon and Madalyn Walsh, Lillian and Emily Pitman, Eleanor and Lucy LeBlanc, Scarlett Smith. Step- Great-Granddaughter Alana Careen.

We would like to thank the staff of Meadow Creek Retirement Home for providing a caring environment where mom could be as independent as she wanted to be. The loving care she has received over these past two weeks, after she became so very ill, so suddenly, is greatly appreciated.

We also want to thank Rev. Ian March -MacCuish of First United Church. We called Rev. Ian at 5:00 on Friday, and he was there with her at 6:00. Mom appreciated him interrupting his busy schedule, just to see her!

We would also like to thank Dr. Dennis O’Keefe and the staff of the Commonwealth Medical Clinic, Mom’s trusted family care provider for more than 30 years. Even though he ‘didn’t do house calls’, he visited her at Meadow Creek during the last week or two, and the relief on her face when she saw him was evident.  Dr. O’Keefe returned daily calls from us regarding questions about what was happening with her. We are most grateful for the care you and your staff provided for our Mom.

Mom was an independent, practical woman who enjoyed her 96 years, and when, in her words, her “number came up”, she was ready. She enjoyed great health up until recently and planned her parting with the same sensible attitude with which she lived her life. We will miss her quiet, dependable presence as we go about our daily lives without her.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home in St. John’s. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 16 from 3-5 and 7-9. Funeral will take place at Mt. Pearl First United Church on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 2pm, with interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest peacefully, with Dad.  The funeral service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person, with the link available above. Mt. Pearl First United Church requires all in attendance to produce their Vaccine Passports upon entry. 


Forever in our hearts. At home in Heaven.




3-5 p.m. on November 16, 2021

7-9 p.m. on November 16, 2021

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Wednesday November 17th

First United Church, Mt. Pearl

Interment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


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Hearts and thoughts are with you today. Sorry we are unable to attend the service.

Jaclyn, Glenna and family.

A Mother’s love is irreplaceable but the memories live on in your hearts forever. Hoping the long, healthy, beautiful life your Nan and Mom lived will help your hearts through this difficult time.

Thinking of Laura’s family and am sorry for your loss. We became friends when she and my Mom, Abbie, were next door friends in Meadowcreek . She was a joy to know with her pleasant smile and gentle manner.. I appreciated her many kindnesses to my Mom and her motherly concern for me too as Mom declined and in her passing. I’ve missed being able to go visit as I had hoped to continue. I hope she passed as gently as she lived. May your own happy memories bring you smiles as you hold her liove close

Bill & family
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

In thanksgiving for the life and legacy of Laura. I knew her first from CBS and then used to visit her at her Masonic home where we shared a few meals. Later it was Meadowcreek until the shutdown prevented visiting. Laura lived fully and she was a faithful servant of her Lord. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Glenna, Carolyn and Family,

We were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Deepest condolences,
Jada, John and Kerry Collins

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Larura…I will certainly miss my friend during our little conversations Meadowcreek….her presence of frienshilp was so meaningful….so happy our paths crossed..and the time we spent has been so meaningful and will never be forgotten.. with this year of Covid ..things have been so different so it was a true blessing to be able to have our chats most days. And remind ourselves how precious each day is..…rip dear friend. Laura Burry Meadowcreek Retirement…

Carolyn and Glenna. So sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. My condolences to you and your family.

Carolyn, Glenna & family members
My sincere condolences on the loss of your mom and to all the other family members, a grandmother, great- grandmother., sister & friend.
Mrs. Milley lived a long and productive life and that means you all have a lot more memories to cherish.
RIP Mrs. Milley
Wilfred Bartlett

Carolyn, Glenna & family, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace Mrs. Milley

Carolyn, Glenna & families
Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
I know she lived a long life but that only means you will miss her more.
She sure was a kind and gentle lady, who I was privileged to have known and will certainly be missed.
I know from being around her at Christmas time at Carolyn’s and at Joel’s, how much she cherished her grandchildren, great grandchildren & Alana. They all brought so much love in her life and they will miss her dearly.
Rest in Peace Laura
Margie Careen & Family

Carolyn and family,
So sorry to read about your mom’s passing. I have some memories of her at birthday parties when we were in primary school. How wonderful to have such a long life with so many family and friends.

Julia; Our condolences to you and your family in the loss of your grandmother. Tante Nancy/Mon Oncle Bernard

So sorry to read that your mom has passed away. It sounds like she lived a wonderful long life but I am sure her passing brings great sadness. Sincere condolences. Best wishes to you, Bill and your family.


Our sincere condolences to you Glenna,Ken & all your family on the sad passing of your Mom..Special hugs Jackie & Julia❤️❤️

Glenna and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
A long and wonderful life that was well lived.

Glenna, Ken & Family my deepest condolences.
I was reading the obituary and it’s easy to tell that she lived a long and happy life, you were lucky to enjoy it with her. Take Care & God Bless.

Our sincere condolences to all her family! Prayers and hugs to everyone! From Leon and Sally

We were saddened to hear of Aunt Laura’s passing. We enjoyed our quick visit with her in August 2019. Sending our love to all of you. Nanette and Jim