BURTT—Laurie A. Burtt, 60, of Florence, died at home with her family on Jan. 2, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer.
Laurie was born in Houston, Texas, on May 26, 1953, to Jim and Betty Kaul. She was the fourth born of their six children. She grew up in the Midwest, in Texas and Nebraska, which is where she met her husband, Terry Burtt.
They had two children, Zachary and Angie Burtt.
After they divorced, Laurie began her great adventure in the Pacific Northwest. She supported her family as a waitress. She worked at Driftwood Shores, Lotus Seafood Palace, The Bridgewater and Bay St. Grille and some say she was the classiest waitress on Bay Street.
Laurie enjoyed creating beauty around her through gardening, bold interior design, art collecting and beachcombing for agates.
From 1999 to 2007, Laurie’s partner was Doug Salyards. Laurie helped care for him in the last year of his life. He died in 2007.
Laurie came into this world meeting a challenge which required her to have a tracheotomy for the first 18 months of her life. She handled it just like she has these last few months, with grace, sweetness and a great, wry sense of humor.
She was a fun-loving, happy person who met life’s difficulties with patience and acceptance. She raised two children by herself and always made sure they were surrounded by love, attention and guidance.
Laurie was a very sweet and giving person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Laurie is survived by her father, Jim Kaul; her children: Zac (Lindy) and Angie; her siblings: Caron, Sara, Mary, James and Krissy; her grandchildren: Owen, Arlo and Mollie; and her dogs, Fred and Penny.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Dunes Church in Florence, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at noon.
Bring a dish to share for the potluck in the church hall afterwards.
Arrangements by Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.
Remembrances in her name can be made to the Florence Area Humane Society.
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