Larissa Ann Kooi

February 20, 2021 23 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Larissa Ann Kooi, age 32, on February 11, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta we had to say goodbye to a wonderful life.

Larissa is survived by her daughter Trinitee-Rose Fortin age; 13 as well as her loving mother Kimberly Butterfield (Darryel) and brother Tyler Kooi (Vivian), and father Harold Kooi.

She also leaves behind her maternal grandparents Sharon VanDerKamer and Dave Butterfield. Her paternal grandparents Mary and Wilf Sklar. As well as her aunts and uncles. Jeanette Brown (Rick), Ann and Glen Folland, Barb Kooi (Ambrose), Dave Kooi (Melanie). Along with her cousins Mia Murillo, Christopher and Melanie Knudson (Nick and Josh), Greg Lutgen (Mikayla)  (Davin, Brayden, Sophia), Weston and Bailey Koroluk (Carter and Austin), Ambrose Denty (Ambrose Jr. and Jada-Lin) and John and Danielle Denty (Tony and Mackenzie). Last but not least the family furbabies Angel and Mr. B.

She is now an angel in heaven joining her cousin Khyanna Butterfield, grandfather Ben Kooi and step grandfather John VanDerKamer.

Larissa was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She was very close with her extended family growing up. Always making lifetime friends throughout all of her life. In her later teenage years moving to Calgary with her mom and brother. In 2006 she was married for a short time to Blaise Fortin then later on giving birth to her daughter Trinitee in 2007. Larissa faced many hardships in her life, with every one of them she came back stronger. Her most treasured and happiest moments are with her remarkable, beautiful daughter, she loved being a mother.

Larissa was very private, independent and strong, and so incredibly beautiful inside and out. She lit up rooms, Larissa was truly a person you would never forget.

There was always a missing link in her life, she met that missing line in 2004 where she met her biological father Bill Smith. In 2017 she met her half sister Adella Candice Hopkinson (son Azriel), which made her life a little more complete.

When she was at her best she could do anything. Her motivation was inspirable. She wasn’t scared of anything and would run laps and stairs around everyone, literally. Exercise was one of her coping methods through her hardships. A woman of many talents, she made a mark whether at work or just simple meetings, it is hard for people to forget her name once they learned it.

Larissa will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. With that the family would like to thank Trinity Funeral homes for their compassion and kindness while letting our beloved Larissa rest in peace.

Due to restrictions, a Celebration of Larissa’s Life will be held at a later date.


  1. You were my best friend , my true love,my queen,my world,my everything,and most of all you were mine and I was your’s and when you left me and went to heaven you took my heart with you my love you can take it cause I know nobody will ever be able to replace you ,you had wondering what imma do with my life but I know now what I’m going to do and I will do what we planned to do together baby ,except start a family cause I dont know if I can do that anymore you were special to me,I will always have the memories of your laugh and your smile cause they were one of a kind and you cant be replaced by anyone on this earth so I’ll wait til i see you again up in heaven to see that beautiful face and just be with you again i miss you larissa you were my world and I just miss you like crazy💋💔

    • Thank you Dustin. I hope you find peace in your life and be the best person you can possibly be.

  2. I will, miss you dearly my sweet Lulu. I’m so happy you were part of my life, you brought me such joy and you always had time to talk and listen to me. I will, always love you, and you will be missed my dear. May you Rest in Peace.

    • Thank you Martha , I apologize for the delay in response but it’s so difficult to do anything. Larissa loved you to the moon, as I do.

  3. Dear Kim, I was so saddened to hear of this news and wanted to wish you my sincere condolences. Please take care during this time. Best wishes to you and Trinitee. May love comfort you both at this difficult time.

    • Thank you so much Heather, I appreciate your kindness.

  4. Rest in Paradise my beautiful friend. I will always think of you and pray for your journey on the other side. 💕

  5. We have felt the loss of a child. Our worlds felt as if it had come to an end. Each person travels the grief path different. Not one is correct The pain makes it seem impossible. When people tell you it gets better in time. That is a lie. It only gets different. Just when life seems bearable a trigger will happen. Eg. birthday. And boom it all floods back. My only advice after losing both of our children is, travel the path that makes you comfortable. No advice is going to make it better.
    Always love to the fullest. Because tomorrow it can change forever.
    Love ❤️ Don,Dalane,Brady and Rowan

    • Thank you Don I appreciate your kindness and words of wisdom, means so much to me

  6. Sincere and deepest condolences to u Kim n ur family . Many hugs n prayers for u all.

  7. I’m send love too all affected. Including the tears that roll down my cheeks. I’ll remember the great times we had. God bless you my friend.

  8. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Hold tight to your memories for comfort and your friends and family for support. Losing a child regardless of their age just never seems right.

    Love to you all,
    Vicky & Weylin

    • Thank you kindly for your condolences, means the world to me

  9. Kim and Trinitee my heart felt sorrow on your loss of a daughter, mother and friend. Larissa was a strong young women and it was wonderful to watch her grow and blossom during that time that I knew her. No words are ever enough to fill the void that now exists, she will be forever missed and cherished. Peace be with you all.

    • Thank you

    • Thank you for the kind words, Larissa appreciated you and your expertise, as I do. May she Rest In Peace and May we find peace. Take care my friend

  10. I guess what they say is true friends come and go , But I never thought that would apply to you . Losing my best friend is like hearing every goodbye every said to me all at once . The hardest part of losing you isn’t having to say goodbye but rather learning to live without you . I’m now always trying to fill the void , having to find my way in life now without you has me feeling empty inside . I will always have our memories and your love will always live on – in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurture while you were still here .. I promise you I will always remember you and know you are in my thoughts but you have to promise to be waiting at the pearly gates cause I will be looking for my best friend. Love you for always xoxo

    • Thank you Tawni .. take care

  11. I can’t believe it. I’m so sorry to the entire family for your loss. We were good friends as kids.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Larissa as a child and remember her sweet nature. Rest in peace.

    • Thank you for the kind words

  13. I never pictured my life without you in it, some days are so hard and I can’t breathe. I hope you are finally at peace, I love and miss so very much and I hope I find peace . I’m not scared of heaven knowing you and Khyanna are there.

    Michelle from Trinity Funeral Home, I’m so thankful for you and your compassion. I wouldn’t have made it through any of the arrangements without you. My family and I are so very great full for the assistance.
    I thank everyone for the kindness, hugs, flowers, food, money and concern for the entire family. I appreciate all of you.

  14. this year has been even more hared on me not having you here with me , I’m so lost even on this day the most , if I could just take that night back and not late you walk out just think you would be still here. life doesn’t feel like things are ever going to be the same only cause your gone and I miss you more everyday . hope soon I find meaning in all this and why i feel so much hurt and alone , I’m having my baby # 2 and its a boy I’m going on name him Winter and the day i have a girl ill name her larissa .miss you love you always

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