Hayleigh Noel O’Brien (Connell)
December 12, 1985 – December 16, 2017
It is with great sadness and many tears that we announce the passing of our dear sweet girl, after a long and brave battle with ovarian cancer. Hayleigh was born December 12, 1985 in Kamloops, BC. She grew up in Rayleigh, where she lived her entire life, eventually purchasing her first home right next door to her parents.
Hayleigh was an exemplary student. From her elementary days at Rayleigh Elementary, to high school at Norkam Secondary, which eventually brought her to Thompson Rivers University, where she attained her Bachelors Degree in Social Work. It was Hayleigh’s Social Work degree that led her to work in Mental Health and Addictions with Interior Health, where her positivity and caring nature brought her into the lives of so many people.
Hayleigh was a natural at everything she did. Piano, dance and various sports, Hayleigh excelled at anything she tried. Her favourite though, was soft-ball and she was a force to be reckoned with on the diamonds.
Hayleigh loved to travel and had been to some amazing places. From Egypt with her Dad, Paris with her Mom, to travelling the US with her Uncle Roy, Auntie Wendy and Sheri, Hayles loved a good trip! She loved to explore with her dad or Keith, going on hiking and kayaking adventures and enjoying the views.
Hayleigh is survived by the love of her life Keith, her fur-baby Liam, parents Richard and Holly, sister Stephanie (Jerrad), her favourite “Mc Nugget”, nephew Quinn, maternal grandparents Louis and Oddny and many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom she loved with all her heart. Family was the most important thing to Hayleigh. Hayleigh is predeceased by her brother Michael James and paternal grandparents Yvonne Wawryk and George Connell.
The family would like to thank Hayleigh’s medical team, the staff and volunteers at The Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, Drake Cremation & Funeral Services and all of those who followed Hayles through her journey, offering love and support.
As per Hayleigh’s wishes, a cremation was performed at Drake Cremation & Funeral Services.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Heffley Creek Hall on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 2:00PM. It was Hayleigh’s wish that this be a celebration, full of love and joy. Hayleigh’s family asks that anyone who wishes to bring stories and memories to share, please do so.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada or to The Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in Hayleigh’s name would be appreciated.Print This Obituary & Condolences