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AHERN, Laurel She "ran with perseverance the race marked out before her" throughout her life - whether on a marathon course, working her career in medical imaging sales, or battling through ovarian cancer for the past two years. Laurel Ahern went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 30. She was surrounded by her two precious children and immediate family members at the home she loved in Sandy Springs, GA. In her 59-plus years here on earth she blessed the lives of many with her love, light and grace. Her radiant smile and deep compassion will be forever imprinted on the hearts of her loved ones. Ever the coach, teacher and caregiver, Laurel loved well and was well loved as mother, daughter, sister and friend. One could always count on Laurel to be the first to get the dancing started whether at an event with her many colleagues during her years as a thriving sales rep or out on a race course with her running sisters. Laurel regularly volunteered at Spalding Drive Elementary School, Sandy Springs Middle School, and North Springs High School throughout the years that her children attended, always ready to lend a hand. She was involved in middle school ministry at North Point Community Church from 2006-2009. A sports lover, she was a loyal Braves fan and enjoyed college football; most of all, though, she loved cheering for her children on the lacrosse field and helping out in many capacities from score keeping to team mom. Through her final days Laurel continued to focus on others first - she was a joy-giver even as she suffered. Laurel Ahern was born on September 2, 1953 in Middletown, CT. She is survived by her children, Raphael Ford Smith V and Sarah Reeve Smith, her mother Jacqueline Moody Ahern, step father Cleo Audette and loving sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her father David Jay Ahern. Donations in her memory can be made to the LAUREL AHERN MEMORIAL FUND, Fidelity Bank, 225 Sandy Springs Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 A memorial service will be held at North Point Community Church on Friday, April 5 at 11:30 with family visitation from 10:00 to 11:00. Please express condolences at www.southcare.us. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta. (678) 735-5500.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 4, 2013
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