I grew up with Laurie's son in Los Angeles. I knew her as a very kind and loving mother. I moved away and lost contact with her son many years before it happened. But when I found out that she was a victim of 9/11 I was taken back. I didn't want to believe it. I have to say that it is comforting, but also expected, to see how many people who have reached out and expressed what a wonderful human being she was. I recently drove by their old house and thought about the wonderful times I had with their family. I hope her children are doing well and I wish them nothing but the best.
I didn't know if this was still up for you, Laurie. Glad Rita wrote. I think of you every day, my dear coworker. I put a fresh sign remembering you yesterday so all could see. I pray for you, Francesca, Michael and all family. God bless you all. You all are not forgotten.
I miss you Laurie. But I am blessed with your loving memories as a friend and former co-worker.
God Bless You!
I lit a candle at church and offered Holy Communion like I do every year for this woman that I do not know but share her last name. We don't have many Neira's that is why it moved me. I don't know here, but I always light a candle here in Miami on September 11.
To the family and friends of Laurie Ann Neira:
Laurie will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Laurie and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers as we remember all who lost on 09/11/01 on the upcoming 10th anniversary
To all the Neira Family, once again I have placed a fresh memorial to your beloved mother, grandmother, wife, friend, Laurie, and keep you all in my prayers as I sit here typing these hospital reports still. My little boy stood next to me that horrific day - he held me as I cried - He is now 21 and 3 hrs in the USCG protecting our nation with pride. I will never forget your mother, and thank God I was able to go back to NYC while my son, 19 then, was stationed in NJ to take Laurie flowers. God bless you all and give your hearts peace.
I am signing this blog for my grandfather Henry Neira Gutierrez
I didn't know you but I will never forget you. Tomorrow, I will be praying for you and those who love you.
Dear Laurie, I felt a kinship to you. The day I went to Ground Zero, and saw your name, and the countless others, my heart just aches for your family. I can only wish your sweet grandaughter still had her grandma. Rest in Peace, and we'll never forget.
Dear Laurie, thinking of you today. I also worked for YOG at the main office, and remembered walking into the office on the evening of 9/12/01, looking up at the remote employee status board and seeing someone had written "Laurie Neira RIP" with the date and a sad face. I am so sorry that I also worked "with" you but did not know you. I took a photograph of your name at the Museum in 2007 when we went to Manhattan. Godspeed and peace to you and your family.
I am now in the Bay area but grew up in first LA County then Orange County - I still work for the same transcription company that Laurie did when she was killed. And every year I put a hand-made sticker on the back of my car and though I never knew her, I can't explain how deeply I feel for her and her family. So with my deepest feelings, I send her family prayers and love and know that I for one who worked "with" her but never knew her will always remember her. And all of those from that day and that day forward. I finally got to go to NYC as my only child is in the Coast Guard in NJ as I write this, and when I went to visit him this Feb. 2009, we took flowers to the site for her, but I could only leave them at the Blessed Mother's statue at Trinity Church. At least I could do that. Michael, and all of Laurie's family, God bless all of you.
Today like every September 11, I prayed for Laurie Ann Neira, a person that I did not know but who had the same last name as I did and could have been a possible long lost relative. I prayed for all the other victims of 911, but this one in particular hit close to home, because there are not many Neira's in the US, as it is basically a Spanish last name. I give my condolences to the family and want them to know that every September 11 either a mass or a rosary is offered in the name of Laurie Ann Neira by Margarita Francisca Neira of Miami.
Laurie and I were best friends when we were teenagers. We both lived in Rowley at the time. We went back and forth to New York City until we moved there when we were 18. I have special memories of our time spent together. I am so sad to hear of the tragic senseless passing of my dear friend Laurie.
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
My heart breaks still after all this time. I pray for all of you daily, and that your family can find the strength to carry on. Bless you.
Dear Neira Family,
I never had the chance to say how sorry I was to hear of Laurie's passing. I was with Laurie's sister on September 11th at the Hilton Hotel. We stayed together during that horrible day while the minutes slowly passed. We cried together, made small talk, all while sitting and waiting to see what was going to happen next. During our conversation we discovered that Laurie and her sister babysat my exhusband on Plum Island years ago. Such a small world. I just wanted you to know how very connected to your family I've felt since 9/11 and I will always hold a special place in my heart for your family.
God Bless You.
Dear Neira Family, friends, and guests...
I work for Boardwalk Realty in Culver City, California, and just recently learned about Laurie's tragedy via word of mouth. I am very familiar with the area where Laurie lived because that is where I work. Although I did not know Laurie personally, I always take a moment to pause and give my blessings whenever I pass by the house where she once lived. You have my deepest condolences and my thoughts are always with you. I know God will take great care of you in your new life Laurie...
It's all so sad. We lived four houses away in Rowley. I know I woke Laura (she was 17)up banging around the house with Jon and Peter. We need to find the good.
Our small town has a church that is sponsoring a memorial to all the 9-11-01 victims. It is beautiful, with a field of white crosses, each cross bearing a victim's name. Altho my family had no personal connection to any of the victims, I have chosen a few victims to pray for and grieve over. I have printed a photo of Nicole and it hangs on her cross in our memorial field. I chose Laurie because she is my age, and I look forward to my daugthter's wedding also. My heart goes out to Laurie's family and friends. May God Bless.
I did not know you Laurie, but am pleased and honored to be part of an effort that will plant a White Spruce for you and every immencely missed American who lost their life on September 11, 2001. To you and your family, please know that this tree will be planted on Saturday, September 7, 2002 in your memory. A plaque will be placed by the tree which indicates the following:
This tree honors the life of Laurie Ann Neiral who died aboard AA Flight 11 a victim of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on America.
To your family, please know that the loss of Laurie’s life will always be remembered as this tree grows and that I consider it an honor to care for this tree in her memory.
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN..LAURIE ANN NEIRA AND MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS.GOD BLESS HER LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.GOD BLESS AMERICA ..AMEN
I did not know Laurie Neira although we share a wonderful niece, Sarah in common. I also know Sarah's equally wonderful sister's Lana and Alison. So to Laurie's family, my thoughts continue to be with you. May your memories of Laurie give you strength and peace. May Laurie's life give you pause for happiness and hope.
May God be with you, family of Laurie Ann Neira. My heart is broken by your pain and I hope that in the not too distant future you will be able to begin to accept and begin to heal. Remember to capture all the good times and share them with your daughter, then your mama will remain with you and with her through out your lifetimes.
I never knew what an impact that you had on my families life. There is an increadible void left where you were. As Franny stated not a day goes by that I don't think about you as well. It is hard not to think about you being part of Amanda's life, not to see her grow up and most important not to see what kind of person she will become from what she learned from you in the short time that she was able to spend with you. I know that you are in Heaven with our God and I feel your presance in many ways. Amanda still talks about you as if you are still here. She said she saw you the other night wearing black pants, who knows maybe you were here. Amanda's Angel. I know some day we will meet again and be a family once again.
I Love and Miss you Laurie.
Your "son" Michael
I still miss you so very much. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I still am in so much pain and sorrow. I guess I am grieving for all of the things we will never get to do together. Everyday that I look at Amanda I think of the special bond that only you two shared together. It makes me sad to know that she will only remember you from pictures and stories that I tell her about you.
I know that we didnt always say I love you, but I think it was something we just knew, and it was just understood. I hope you are ok.
I Love you Mom.
I continue to pray for the family of Laurie Ann, a fellow transcriptionist. May God keep you all in his loving arms.
I Felt compelled to sign your mother's guest book. I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your mother. The reson I felt I should write is because my mother is the exact same age as yours. I can't began to imagine the pain you are going through without your mom and best friend. Your mother's picture with your daughter, as well as what you wrote to her touched my heart.
Know that you are in my prayers.
I know we are strangers but please don't hesitate to e-mail me if you need anything or have any special prayer requests
Today, February 3, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Laurie Ann & all the family, friends and loved ones she left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not greive alone.
Laurie, may you rest in peace and kow that you will not be forgotten.
I am Laurie's cousin Tracy from New Jersey. I just found out about this website and had to write. Laurie lived on the West Coast and I haven't seen her for approximately 30 years (since I was 12!) I have learned more about her and thought more about her in the past 4 1/2 months than in the past 30years. Yearly I go up to New England and visit with her Mother (my Aunt Ginny) and sister, but our visits never coincided. We have prayed for Laurie and her family everyday in New Jersey. The tragic events of 9/11 have made me view life as evermore precious.
To the family of Laurie Ann Neira:
recently I purchased a sterling silver B.A.N.D (Bearing Anothers Name Daily). These simple beautiful bands are to be worn around the wrist in memory of those who died on September 11. For some reason I chose a band with Laurie Neira's name on it. I wasn't sure of the reason why but it was the first bracelet I picked up and felt for sure Mrs. Neira was a very special person. Please know that I wear her name every day in honor of her and her family.
Laurie was my aunt, my mother's sister, and although I saw her very rarely because my family and I live on the east coast, when I did see her she was always warm and friendly and talked to me as if we chatted all the time together. I cannot imagine the grief that Gilberto, Fran, Christopher and Michael must be experiencing. My heart also goes out to Laurie's mum, who I know as my Gramma-Ginny or Gamma-Gamma, and to Laurie's siblings, my aunt and uncles and Mother.
Love and peace to all.
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Fran, Michael & Amanda,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I never met your mother, Laurie, but I met Fran in 1990 when we worked together. We hit it off immediately and became friends. We lost contact through the years and by me accidently walking in the wrong door at W.E. O'Neil, I found her again. I know your mother was something very special by what a neat, kind and caring person you are Fran. I wish I knew words to comfort you. Please know that I am here for you and your family. God is taking care of her. That I am sure of. Your friend, Kerri
I am also a co-worker/friend of Fran and Fran is a wonderful person.(If there was anything Fran could help you with she would!!)There's one thing I want to mention I only met Mrs. Neira one time but I remember when she would call work for Fran she asked is "Frannie there if she not busy???" I could tell in voice she was a wonderful person. Fran my heart and prayers go out to YOU and your FAMILY.
To Fran and Family
I never met Mrs. Neira, but I have had the pleasure of working with Fran and she is a wonderful person and friend. She is also always caring and helpfull to me and others. And I truely beleive she must of got these wounderful qualities from her mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family always.
Rosa Dorado and Family
Dear Francisca, Michael and Amanda,
My heart broke when I read your stories. It is so sad that a family could be so torn apart by such a senseless act. I know losing your mother is one of the worst losses that you will face but I also know that you will never really lose her. She will be forever in heaven looking, watching and cheering you on as your family grows. My family's prayers and sympathy are with you.
Laurie was my Mother-In-Law. But she was more than that to me. She was like another mother to me. How many people can say that they have two mothers? Well I can. In the 5 plus years that I was privledged to know and love her I never heard her say one negative word about anybody. She had a very special relationship with my daughter Amanda. She was her NANA. I will never hear that word said again without thinking about Laurie. I too am like my wife Francisca I have an empty place where Laurie used to be. I know that Laurie is in a better place now but we were not ready to lose her just yet. I want everybody who reads this to do something for me please hug your family and tell them how much you love them as you never know when you can lose them.
Thank you Laurie for all of the love that you have given my Family. I will miss you.
You've touched us with wings strong and bright
You've given us strength and new found sight
With a heart so pure and hands of light
You've given our souls new cause for flight
The lesson you teach is soft and clear
Put away our grudges Let go of our fears
Manifest love everyday; in every way
In all we do; In all we say.
Here at home, and far away.
This is what we practice.
This is what we pray.
Don't wait till tommorrow.
Through times of sorrow.
Through times of play.
you. You are here for me. In
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
LAURIE MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
My deepest sympathies go out to Fran and her family. I never met Mrs. Neira but I know that she must have been a wonderful and kind person to bring up a daughter who is so thoughtful and beautiful herself. I too recently lost someone unexpectedly, and I believe the hardest part is that our children will grow up not knowing what great people they were. But I believe God had a much more important job for them and has asked them to be their "guardian angels". A job that is much needed in a world that can cause so much pain. I am touched that Fran considers me a friend and has allowed me the opportunity to honor her mother.
Laurie joined our family--along with her husband, Gilberto, and her son, Christopher--when my brother Michael married Francisca, Laurie's daughter, in 1997. Although I live on the East Coast and do not get to see the rest of the family as often as I would like, I have come to know the Neira side of the family over the years and feel so blessed that I have had that pleasure and honor. Laurie was one of the kindest people I have ever known. Most of us try to be nice people, but in all that time I never heard Laurie say a single negative word about anyone. Who among us can say that? The world is a little less kind and gentle now that Laurie has been taken away, and I grieve for my sister-in-law and the rest of Laurie's family. It gives me tremendous sadness that such a lovely person has been taken away, and that Amanda will no longer be able to spend time with her beloved Nana.
I met Fran a couple years ago through work and although I only met her Mother a handfull of times I felt as though I knew her. Fran I have a lot of similarities in our lives and we are constantly talking about our families. I know how close Fran was to her Mom and how much she meant to her. When I first heard of these horrific attacks all I could think of was Fran and Laurie. My heart aches for them and their family.
I am a co-worker to Francisca Wester and I also consider myself to be a friend. I never personally met Mrs. Laurie Nera, but I am aware of the beautiful relationship that was shared between herself and her daughter Fran. I at this time just want to offer my most sincerest heart-felt condolances.
By a strange twist of fate, my Mother was horrifically taken from me and my family. She was everything to us. She brought so much happiness to my life and the life of everyone she knew. We were true best friends. We shared everything together. She even helped take care of my daughter a couple of days a week because the cost of child care is so outrageous. She was the glue that held my family together. I can not even begin to express the tremendous sense of grief and loss that I am feeling now. I have a huge gaping hole where my heart used to be that will never be filled again.
Both my Mother and I were leaving that fateful day to catch separate flights back home to Los Angeles, after spending a few days with my Grandmother, Virginia Olsen in Rowley, MA. My flight left 15 minutes after hers. The reason why were not flying together was because my father is a retired American Airlines Mechanic, so my Mother had a pass to fly for free. My husband works for Delta Airlines so I also have a pass to fly for free. If either one of us wanted to fly on the other airline it would have cost about 200.00 round trip. So we just decided that it was best to fly separately and just meet there. If only I could have paid the extra money to have her fly with me she would still be here today.
She was born 12/8/52 in Amesbury, MA. She lived in Rowley, MA until whe was 18. She then moved to NY where she met my father. When I was 3 years old, we moved to Los Angeles so my father could look for work. My Mother always had her heart in New England, even though she moved away so long ago.
She was only 48 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 30 years, Gilberto Neira, their 2 children- Francisca, 29 Christopher, 20-- and Granddaughter Amanda, 2.