Laurel Toole Smith, our beloved “Laurie,” passed away Monday, September 29, 2014. Born July 16, 1956, she was the first child of Katie and William Bell Toole, III. Raised in Raleigh, Laurie was graduated in 1974 from Needham B. Broughton High School, where she was co-president of her senior class. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978. At the time of her passing, she served as Vice President and Director of Customer Experience for Solutions Advisors, a consulting company servicing the senior housing industry. She had a true gift of connecting with people, both the seniors she served as well as their families. She was particularly influential to a community in Pennsylvania, Spring Meadows, which will honor her by naming its new memory care wing “Laurel Meadows,” a constant reminder of her dedicated service and compassion. She is survived by (in her own words) her “greatest accomplishments,” her two loving children, Jillian Smith Dodson and Jordan Smith, who were so proud of her; devoted mother Katie Toole; loving brother Billy Toole; son in law Joshua Dodson and granddaughter Ansley Rose Dodson, who brought her great joy and delight as her “Lali”; sister in law Cindy Toole and niece and nephew Laura and William J (BJ) Toole; dear family friends Bettie Sousa and Mary McKay; cousin and friend Trudy Durham; and countless others, too numerous to list, who were close to her heart. No challenge was too great, no soul too lost, no day too dark, that Laurel would not pour her heart into to save. To know her was to witness a rare blend of kindness, strength, independence, humor and love. She will be remembered every day. A service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh on Friday, October 3rd at 10 a.m. The family will receive guests following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc., 880 Martin Luther King Blvd., CB #7565, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2600 in honor of Laurel Smith with special thanks to Dr. Paul Hayashi. Heaven welcomed a new angel on Monday when our mom, surrounded by family, joined her father, our Poppy. We love you so and will miss you always. “Goodnight sweet princess, and may flights of angels send thee to thy rest.”
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