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Aug '12

Laura Swanson


I must take the time to say goodbye to one of my long-time friends, unfortunately she passed away earlier this year and I was very saddened to hear this.  I met Laura when I worked at Feather River Hospital back in 2000, we worked together for about 4 years and we became fast friends.  She was so funny, I can remember so many things about her and her vivacious personality.

We spent a lot of time together back then and even after I moved to Australia in 2005, she and I kept in contact. We chatted online a lot, and I helped her out with her dog breeding website here and there.  I visited with her on every trip home and she always made an effort to come out and see me – even if she didn’t really like leaving the haven of her home.  What I know about Laura was that she was a kind and loving friend, mother, and grandmother.  She loved the ocean, her dogs, and she loved her daughters like no-one I have ever known.  She was proud and stood up for what she thought was right. An injury left her in quite a bit of pain and unfortunately left her in a state that dramatically effected her life for years to come.

At a dinner in 2007, in Chico, Laura came down to spend time with me and Rod – with a group of friends – I was grateful to see her, on our 2010 visit I made it up to her place to see her and unfortunately it was the last time I would see her.  I think of Laura when I think of good rock music, tie dye, the love for animals, and loyal friendship.

I know I’ve said this a million times before, but you never know when someone is going to suddenly leave your life.  You must take advantage of the time you have with your loved ones. Losing my father has had a dramatic impact on my life and my heart is full of sorrow for Laura’s daughters, and grand-daughter, that she will not be there to share the rest of their lives with her.  I only hope that they are able to stay strong and carry her memory on with them through life.

Laura, I will miss you. Your daughters miss you so much. I’ve seen a lot of old pictures pop up on your Facebook page in the last few months – everyone is sharing their memories of you.  It makes me happy to see your face and it is a reminder to me of the friend that I cared for so much.  I hope that you are in a happy place and that someday our paths will cross again. And I hope and pray that your children will heal and only remember the best memories of you as they make their own journey through life.

I love you.  RIP.

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