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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Honoring Laura's Life and Passing

Information about Laura’s Memorial Service is posted below this story.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 our beloved Laura left this life. She was en-route home from receiving cancer treatments in Mexico and while flying high at 39,000 feet in a private plane with Judy and a private RN by her side, Laura passed away just minutes from landing at her home county airport. Judy brought Laura home to the Meadow House, which was filled with candlelight, firelight, and a group of loving friends. You were all with us here as we welcomed her home and placed her on her bed with a view of the meadow. As soon as she was placed on the bed, a smile appeared and stayed. Dozens of roses in pinks, yellows, reds and oranges surrounded her among the Stargazer lilies, and Gerbera daisies in a riot of fragrance and color. She rested on her favorite comforter of pink roses on a background of white. Rose petals sprinkled her pillow and pillars of candles burned, and are still burning.

We never left her alone as each of us sat with her, thinking our thoughts, sharing our tears and our laughter as we told stories and remembered her presence and impact on our lives. Present at her bedside and in the home were Laura and Judy’s families, members of the A Team and friends living close by.

The evening was sweet. Even though we only had a few hours, it was a gift to receive her here and say our goodbyes. Each of you in her community were very present last evening as we had the Blog up and alive all evening as we continued to read your sweet wishes, thoughts and words, and felt your prayers of support. For Judy the Blog has been, and will continue to be, a source of comfort, tears and laughter as she hears your stories about how Laura impacted your life.

When it was time for Laura to leave, we surrounded her and sang “Amazing Grace”, read her two favorite prayers, kissed her goodbye. She was wrapped in her rose quilt, a teddy bear tucked in her arms, with a bouquet of roses. We walked her out under the bright moon, stars twinkling and waved her goodbye and sang spontaneously “Happy Trails”.

Please continue to post to the Blog in the section below, titled "Personal Notes to Laura and Judy." We will continue to use the top portion of the blog as a way of communicating with you regarding plans for a memorial service which we are thinking will be Saturday, April 7. Please hold the date.

We wanted to share with you that although she was flying at 39,000 feet when she took her last deep breaths, Judy did in fact, bring her home to the Meadow House.

Just as the A Team and all the celebrants sang and danced to her at her 59th birthday celebration in October, “Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no river deep enough, to keep us from getting to you Babe . . . “

With love,
The A Team and Isha


Please send condolences to

Judy Pike
& Laura's Family
321 South Main Street

PMB #542
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Donation checks should be made out to "Judy Pike, For Laura's Scholarship Fund"


Laura's Memorial

A memorial to honor Laura’s life and passing will be held:

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 2pm
Peacock Gap Country Club
San Rafael, CA.
(415) 453-3111


Hwy 101 heading south

  • Take the Central San Rafael exit
  • Turn Left on 2nd Street. 2nd Street eventually changes name to San Pedro Rd.
  • Continue approximately 5 miles (you’ll be driving along the waterfront)
  • Look for landmark: McNear’s Beach
  • Take the second Left: Biscayne Blvd
  • Follow about 1/4 mile and Peacock Gap is on left.
  • Park in upper parking lot.
  • Enter through the blue awning

Hwy 101 heading north

  • Take the Central San Rafael exit
  • Turn Right on 2nd Street
  • Follow directions as above

Laura's Two Favorite Prayers

Holy Spirit Prayer
Holy spirit, everywhere present,
I behold love in me,
and share it with all life,
and all humanity.

Carol Ruth Knox

Fenelon Prayer
Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee;

Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better
than I know how to love myself. O Father, give to Thy
child that which he himself knows not how to ask.
I dare not ask either for crosses or for consolations;
I simply present myself before Thee,
I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs
which I know not myself; see and do according to
Thy tender mercy. Smite, or heal; depress me,
or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without
knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in
sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee; I would have
no other desire than to accomplish Thy will.
Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me. AMEN.

Francois de Salignac Fenelon
Archbishop of Cambray. 1651-1715 A.D.

Personal Notes for Laura and Judy

Please use the space to share your thoughts, wishes, and reflections for Laura and Judy.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dearest Dear Friends,

Our beloved Laura left this life today on her plane ride home with Judy by her side.

This is all I seem to be able to say at this overwhelmingly sad moment.

We welcome your continued postings on this blog as we've all become such a family together through Laura's journey.

We'll let you know about a memorial service sometime after this next week passes.


How to Post to this Blog

Hi Everyone,

Here are a few helpful hints regarding how to post comments to this blog.

How to Post Comments to the Blog
  1. At the end of each topic, click on the link to the right of the time stamp (e.g., 3 comments).
  2. You'll have the option to "choose an identity." To post, select "other" if you wish to include your name with your posting; or select "anonymous" if you prefer.
  3. If you have any trouble posting...please reach out to Stacy Parson (sparson@deloitte.com) or Harper Mann (harper.mann@comcast.net)
Posting Personal Notes to Laura
If you'd like to post a personal note to Laura, please post to the topic titled: Personal Notes to Laura

Thanks for being here.
Love, Stacy