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Laurie Elaine Adams

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 14, 2016 @ 4:02 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 31 Comments

DURHAM: Laurie Elaine Adams, 51, died unexpectedly at home Thursday. She was born November 14, 1964 in Durham to Marvin W. and Eleanor Wells Adams. Laurie graduated from Jordan High School, and was a graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a double major in accounting and business management. Following graduation, she began her career with the EPA as an auditor for the Inspector General, a position she proudly held until her death.

Laurie was an ardent Duke Blue Devil’s fan, who rarely ever missed watching a game since childhood. She had a great flair for adventure with a love for travel, especially internationally. Laurie was fiercely loyal as a mother, daughter and friend. She was perceptive to those in need, generously giving of herself to others.

Laurie is survived by her daughter, Cassidy Adams; her parents Eleanor and Marvin Adams of Durham; and loyal canine companion, Freckles.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday from Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit 4-6 PM Saturday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Gifts in Laurie’s memory may be made to the Youth Group of Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church, 4430 S. Alston Ave. Durham 27713. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com

Condolences for the family of “Laurie Elaine Adams”

Condolence from Tim and Stace Baumgarten on January 14th, 2016 4:42 pm

Laurie was a blazing bright star in a world full of darkness. She brought so much life and joy to everyone around her. It was so clear that she was such an awesome Mom, and lived Cassidy with everything she had. I can attest that Laurie was a truly awesome and loyal friend. She is much loved by my wife and I; I don’t think I have words to describe how we both feel about her. I pray that comfort, healing and peace is given to each of you during this beyond difficult time. In whatever capacity we can serve your family you need only express the need. With much love,
Tim and Stace Baumgarten

Condolence from Amy Smith and Family on January 14th, 2016 5:14 pm

So sorry for your loss. Cannot Comprehend what you all must be feeling right now. Let God’s Peace and Understanding wash over you!

Condolence from Jim Remington (Tira’s dad) on January 14th, 2016 5:54 pm

Cassidy, Mr. & Mrs. Adams, I am so sorry for your loss. Laurie always seemed to have an endless source of energy getting the most out of each day. Always looking for the next adventure. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Condolence from Marilyn Grady on January 14th, 2016 6:30 pm

The premature loss of someone with such a huge heart is hard to understand. Praying for peace and strength for your family.

Condolence from Julie on January 14th, 2016 7:14 pm

Sending prayers for your family.

Condolence from Eddie and Kim Fuller on January 14th, 2016 7:33 pm

We are so very sorry to hear this. Lauri was such a special woman and a dear friend . She will be missed greatly. You are all in our prayers. Please let us know if we can do anything at all.
Kim, Eddie, Nic and Zac Fuller

Condolence from Leanne Laettner on January 14th, 2016 7:34 pm

I am so sorry. Laurie was an amazing person, always. Please accept me deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Becca Bradford on January 14th, 2016 7:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, we will keep you all in our prayers.

Condolence from Margaret Love on January 14th, 2016 7:53 pm

You will be remembered by many. Your pictures on Facebook and sharing your kindness everywhere.i know your angel wings were ready to watch over Cassidy and your parents. No to mention you precious dog. God bless your family in there loss.

Condolence from Christy Tapp on January 14th, 2016 9:00 pm

So sorry for your lost. Praying for your healing.

Condolence from Jay Williams on January 14th, 2016 9:19 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Adams, it is truly sad about Laurie dying at too young an age. Prayers from my family are headed your way. Take Care And God Bless.

Condolence from Sheila Whitmeyer on January 14th, 2016 9:32 pm

Dear Cassidy, Eleanor and Marvin, and family,
I am so sorry about Laurie and you are all in my thoughts and prayers…..Love to you all.
Sheila Whitmeyer

Condolence from Debbie McKnight on January 14th, 2016 9:47 pm

Cassidy, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful woman. While I only recently got to meet the two of you, you both have special places in my heart. Please know that you will continue to be in my prayers and if I can help you at all, please let me know.

Debbie McKnight

Condolence from Barry Overcash on January 14th, 2016 10:19 pm

I am so sorry for your sudden loss. All the family is in my prayers. I was blessed to know her for many years thru the friendship of her and my sister Kim.

Condolence from Maryann Pirkey on January 14th, 2016 11:37 pm

Marvin, Eleanor and Cassidy,
I am shocked and saddened by the devastating loss of Laurie and send my deepest sympathies and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you — cry with you;, pray with you– celebrate Lauri’s amazing life with you — I am here for you.
Maryann Pirkey

Condolence from Lorri Casner on January 15th, 2016 3:25 am

On behalf of the Casner family we would like to send our Prayers that God would Comfort the family at this Time. God Bless and know that when you Love Jesus, it is Never Good-Bye, only ” see ya later”

Condolence from Donna Tamayo Backshall on January 15th, 2016 10:00 am

Mr. and Mrs. Adams, and Cassidy,

Growing up with Laurie was an honor and a privilege I will always treasure. Her playfulness defined her being — forever a kid at heart — and the laughter she brought with her will ring on, holding a special place within each of us. While I cannot imagine your grief, I do hope you find peace with the loss, and stay strong in your faith that you will all join her one day to be a family again.

My love to all of you,

Condolence from Amy Grady Wingfield on January 15th, 2016 11:41 am

Mr and Mrs Adams and Cassidy, I am shocked and saddened. Laurie will always be remembered as a devoted friend whom truly lived life. I will cherish memories of her.
Thinking of you with a heavy heart.

Condolence from Elaine Laws on January 15th, 2016 12:18 pm

To Cassidy: Words cannot express how I am feeling today. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom as she was one of my favorite “moms” who would frequent the office just to check on you. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

If there is anything you need or I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me at DSA. Take care of yourself! I will be praying for God’s peace and your understanding at this difficult time.

Condolence from David Dickson, Jordan High Class of 1982 on January 15th, 2016 2:52 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Laurie and I were in high school together. She was a very special friend and person that everyone loved to be around. Her kind heart and world class sense of humor were inspirational to all those who knew her. I have not seen her since our high school days but was deeply saddened to hear of her premature and unexpected passing. I am sorry we did not stay in better touch but wish to send condolences to her parents and daughter and to let you all know what a wonderful person she was and how much her bright light will surely be missed.

Condolence from The Schofield Family on January 15th, 2016 3:21 pm

Cassidy, Mr. and Mrs. Adams,
Words can not express the sorrow and heavy heart we all feel. I think back to all the great times Laurie and I had, whether in New York City, Boston, Washington or Durham. She truly was a fun, generous, loving, and adventurous person. I always enjoyed hearing about her many adventures or details of her Cris Angel encounters. Those memories provide some measure of comfort and I pray that they are providing some measure of comfort to all of you. Laurie is smiling down from heaven. I feel very blessed that she came into my life. I miss my dear friend. Love you girl!
With deepest sympathy.
Shannon Schofield, Bridgewater MA

Condolence from Sharyn Teasley-Hall (Blalock) on January 15th, 2016 3:58 pm

Laurie’s passing has left a massive void in many lives, especially for her Dad, Mom and Cassidy. There was never any doubt that she loved Marvin and Eleanor whether they were traveling and cruising or watching Duke playing basketball! Her heart had no boundaries in her love for Cassidy and there is no doubt she was the bright star in Laurie’s life. She also loved her friends deeply and was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call her “Friend”.

I’ve spend the last 24 hours remembering our childhood, the fun times we had at her home, swimming, playing with her dog “Pepi” whom I thought was the smartest dog in the universe. Laurie was an avid athlete and loved to argue with me over the rivalry between Duke or Carolina (we all know she was DUKE blue to her very core). I also remember traveling to Carolina Beach with Marvin and Laurie in his pickup truck (had to be in 78/79) and he teaching us what the ‘flashing of the lights’ meant to on-coming traffic on a dark country road and how ‘cool’ we thought that was. It never mattered what we were doing, she approached it all with tenacity, a wicked sense of humor and made us all better people for having known and loved her.

So, my dear friend, go do God’s work now and we will see you when we get to Heaven.

Condolence from Cathie Grant on January 15th, 2016 4:21 pm

Dear Cassidy and Mr. and Mrs. Adams,
I am so truly sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing and have you all in my prayers. Love you, Cassidy. Laurie loved you so much and you have incredible memories of many adventures together.

Condolence from Derek Eubanks on January 15th, 2016 7:59 pm

Prayers for Laurie’s family especially Cassidy as I loss my mother as a teenager as well . May the Lord bless you all and guide you through the days to come . I first met Laurie at Lowes Grove Middle School many years ago and I was always happy to see her at Duke games . She was a kind and wonderful person

Condolence from Hazel B. Viola on January 15th, 2016 8:40 pm

Cassidy, Eleanor and Marvin,

I am very sorry about the death of Laurie, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.


Hazel Viola

Condolence from Marci Blake Tucker on January 15th, 2016 10:11 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Laurie’s family during this sad time. May God hold you close and comfort you during this difficult time. Marci Blake Tucker

Condolence from Lauretta Joseph on January 16th, 2016 10:10 am

A mentor and friend since my first day at the EPA. Cheers my friend. You have fought the good fight and finished the race.

Condolence from josefa king (jo) on January 16th, 2016 11:46 am

I am sorry to hear of your loss,with many thoughts and deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Elizabeth Miller on January 16th, 2016 12:31 pm

Was very sorry to hear about Laurie’s passing. Remember talking to her many times while I was working for EPA’s Audit Office in Atlanta, GA. She was always a bright spot in the day. Know that everyone will miss her.

Blessings to her family.

Condolence from Donna Blalock on January 16th, 2016 3:15 pm

Eleanor, Marvin, & Cassidy,,

To say that my heart breaks for you just isn’t enough, but then, nothing could possibly be adequate. My prayer for you is that in your grief God’s Grace will shine on you through the multitude of friends & family as they offer love & comfort, through precious memories, and “The Eternal God who is your refuge…” Deut. 33:27

Donna Blalock

Condolence from Tim on January 20th, 2016 11:01 am

I’m so sorry for Marvin, Eleanor and young Cassidy’s loss. I wanted to share a memory I have of Laurie. She once lived with us in Wilmington while she was going to college. Marvin is an excellent carpenter and he rebuild our garage into a lovely room for Laurie, I was 12/13 at the time and unknown to her I would sneak into her “grown up” room and look at her cool records. My very favorite was Prince “Purple Rain” an amazing album that will live on forever and I will always remember Laurie and her record collection when I hear it. God bless, Laurie.

your cousin

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