Louise Boyd Laurie

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2003

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 Chapel.

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