Laara K. Maxwell
Nov. 27, 1944 – Sept. 24, 2023
Last updated 11/9/2023 at 2:10pm
Laara K Maxwell, died peacefully at her home in Vancouver, BC on September 24, 2023 after a short illness. She is survived by her husband and partner of 57 years, Saul Miller, and her son Garfield Lindsay Miller (wife Ana), her brother Joseph Wawrykow (wife Diane) and their son Nicholas, her sister in-law-Sharon Wolfe (husband Paul) and their children Lisa, David, and Mitchell.
Laara was born in Winnipeg, MB November 27, 1944. She was an exceptional student winning a coveted national high school scholarship at 15 then graduating from McGill University with honors at 19 years of age. Laara received an MA in psychology from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in social psychology from London School of Economics. She worked briefly as a futurist for CNRail, as a market researcher, and then shifted focus to lifestyle issues. Laara was a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, interested in movement, dance, T'ai Chi, Eurythmy, numerology, and nutritional issues. She co-authored the book Food for Thought: A New Look at Food and Behavior, and over the years edited many of her husband's books and her son's screenplays. As a younger woman Laara loved to travel. North American and European trips aside, her ultimate "on the road" experience was a two-year overland adventure with her husband driving from England to India.
Borrego Springs was a special place for Laara. She loved the peace and the natural beauty of the area. Her son Garfield was born at home here in Deep Well in December, 1976. Laara, enjoyed film and was a founding and 12-year committee member of the Borrego Springs Film Festival. A snowbird, it was always painful for Laara to leave Borrego in early June to head back to her winter home in Vancouver, Canada.
Laara's legacy is characterized by her pursuit of knowledge, her passion for wellness, and the love and memories she shared with her family and friends. Her spirit, wisdom and warmth will forever be remembered by those who knew her.