Louise Boyd Laurie
Soldotna resident Louise Boyd Laurie died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003,
at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.
She was 81.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Heritage Place.
Mrs. Laurie was born Aug. 19, 1922, in
Pittsburgh to James and Eleanor (Woodward) Boyd. After finishing high school in
Pittsburgh, she attended Lake Erie College. She moved to Phoenix toward the end
of the war where she met her husband, James Laurie, when he was rotated
stateside from the Pacific, and they were married in July 1945.
They lived for several years in Spokane, Wash.,
before embarking in 1952 on their great adventure, when they moved to
Mandeville, Jamaica. They transferred to Baton Rouge, La., in 1957 while their
children attended school, and returned to Jamaica in 1969. After reluctantly
leavingJamaica for the last time in 1975, they lived in Rome, N.Y., and
eventually retired to Sequim, Wash.
Mrs. Laurie moved to Alaska after the death of
her husband in 1988. Four and a half years ago, she joined the community of
staff and residents at Heritage Place in Soldotna.
Mrs. Laurie was an avid bridge player and loved
to read. She sang in community choirs for many years. She was a Cub Scout den
mother and volunteered countless hours with the Red Cross and the blood bank.
She was active with the Sequim Senior Center and later served many years on the
board of directors of the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.
Mrs. Laurie was preceded in death by her
husband of 43 years, James Laurie.
She is survived by her sister, Jane Boyd of
Madison, Wis.; son and daughter-in-law, James and Margaret Laurie of Colorado
Springs, Colo.; son, Alan Laurie of Cave Junction, Ore.; son and
daughter-in-law, Keith and Jeanne Laurie of Kasilof; son and daughter-in-law,
Bruce and Carol Laurie of Sterling; and daughter and son-in-law, LuAnn and Barry
Byrd of Baton Rouge; six grandchildren, Todd Laurie, Patrick Laurie, Duncan
Laurie, Brian Byrd, Bradley Byrd and David Laurie; and two great-grandchildren,
Robert Laurie and Anika Laurie.
Memorials contributions may be sent to the Eden
Project at Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial
Source: Peninsula Clarion,
December 7, 2003