It is with profound sadness and such great sorrow, that the family of Shayanne Marie Holden, announce her sudden passing on the morning of Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario.
Shayanne was born on March 1, 1993, in Fort Frances, Ontario, to Greg Holden and Janet Cain of Nestor Falls, Ontario, where they resided for the first year of Shayanne’s life, later moving to Fort Frances.
Shayanne is survived and lovingly remembered by her parents Greg Holden (Maureen Maguire) and Janet Holden (Larry Bragg); sister Shelby Holden (Michael Hutchinson); brother Ty Holden; grandparents Gary and Judy Holden, Linda Guimond and Ken Wilson, and Dana Cain; uncles Jason and Brad Holden (Natalie), and Clayton Cain (Jennifer); aunts Tracy Cain (Terry), Amanda Guimond (Les), Jill Foran (Shaun), and Whitney Guimond (Charles); along with great-uncles, great-aunts, numerous cousins.
Shayanne is predeceased and was welcomed into the spirit world by her grandfather Robert Lynn “Papa” Cain; great-grandparents Herman and Trudy Guimond, Nell Holden, Leon Wells, Stella and Oscar Odahl; special aunt Jeannie (Odahl) Dustin and “Gramma Marie” Willis.
As a little girl, Shayanne enjoyed spending time with family at “The Farm” or at the lake, especially those pyjama parties at Nana and Papa Cain’s with Shelby and cousins Ashley and Liz. Many memories of family shin-digs out at Grandma Guimond’s were special to Shay. Here she would entertain family with performances alongside her little cousins, fun and laughter being her main objective. Shay had a natural connection and deep love of the outdoors. Being up at the Trapper Shack with Grandma and Ken, hunting, fishing and trapping while learning so much about the bush brought Shay profound fulfillment and joy. Although she often played the role of a little princess, Shay was never afraid to get her hands dirty gutting a deer, cleaning fish or partridge, or checking traps alongside Ken. Spending time in Nestor Falls with Grandma and Grandpa Holden played an important part of Shayanne’s life. Not only was it like a second home to her, but it was here that she felt that strong sense of community while meeting many lifelong friends whom she considered family.
Shayanne had always loved playing sports growing up, but her true passion lay in music. The therapeutic experience of singing and playing the guitar brought Shay comfort and enjoyment while allowing her the freedom of self-expression. This outlet was shared by many along her travels in life and will always be a constant reminder to us all of her genuine spirit and natural talent.
Shayanne graduated high school in Fort Frances, and completed the Pre-Health Sciences program at Confederation College at the Rainy River district campus. Shayanne spent many years working at various establishments in the restaurant and hospitality field from Fort Frances, to Nestor Falls, Sioux Narrows and as far as the West Kootenays in B.C. Her friendly, personable demeanour and hard work ethic was sure to leave a lasting impression on many of her co-workers and customers alike. Shayanne was proud of her more recent accomplishment of driving haul truck for New Gold in Blackhawk. She enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to learn and gain new skills there.
Shayanne had a kind, caring heart, an authentic, genuine soul, an infectious laugh, and a signature “Grandma Judy smile” that has left a lasting impression on all of those that knew and loved her. Shay had a humble spirit, never thinking she was better than anyone, as she met all that crossed her path with an outpouring of love and compassion, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
A come-and-go celebration of life will be held in honour of Shay on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at La Place Rendez-vous from noon to 2:00 p.m. In memoriam donations, if so desired, may be forwarded to Riverside Foundation or charity of your choice.
She’s in the sun,
the wind, the rain,
she’s in the air you
breathe with every
breath you take.
She sings a song
of hope and cheer,
there’s no more pain,
no more fear.
You’ll see her
in the clouds above
hear her whisper
words of love,
you’ll be together
before long, until then
listen for her song.
Our dear, sweet Shay, thank you for sharing your love and light with all of us that knew and loved you. We will continue to remember, honour, and hold a special place in our hearts knowing that you are at peace, you deserve nothing less.
Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home Ltd., Emo, Ontario.