Memorial services will be today at Crestwood Funeral Home for Laura Catherine Chandler, 28, of Glencoe, who died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at her home. The Rev. Rodney McInnis and the Rev. Joe Lancaster will officiate.
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Laura was born November 13, 1985, in Gadsden, Ala. She graduated in 2004 from Glencoe High School. While in high school, she began working at K-Mart Pharmacy in East Gadsden. She worked there for five years. Her dream of becoming a pharmacist was encouraged by Charlene McCoy, a special teacher in her life, and her "adopted dad," Dave, the special pharmacist she worked with, as well as her cousin, Tyler Croft, a nuclear pharmacist in Mobile, Ala. She was in her third year of studies at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in North Carolina when she had to take a medical leave of absence.
Laura enjoyed reading books, watching movies and playing board games. She loved butterflies, hummingbirds, miniature horses, Alabama football and her special, spoiled dogs Bonnie and Cricket. Laura helped plant and maintain her mawmaw Starnes' prized lilies and loved flowers of all kinds.
Laura was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl Chandler Sr., H.B. and Mazie Starnes; cousin, Kevin Wampler; and her uncle, Bobby Chandler.
She is survived by her parents, Damon and Cathy Chandler; and her brother, Logan Chandler of Glencoe. In Alabama: Laura is survived by her aunts and uncles, Sally and Bobby Croft, Myra Briand, John Starnes, and great-aunt Kearnie Starnes. Laura's special cousins, Tyler and Danya Croft, Alyson Godfrey, Ginger Hayes, Josh and Wesley Starnes and her very special cousin, Savannah Hayes. She had many Baker cousins from Albertville: Judy, Brenda, Renee, Ken, Rodney Baker and families; Charley, Gail and Frank Baker and families. Her Virginia family: Laura is survived by her very special Grandma (Ola Chandler); aunts and uncles, Annete Chandler, Carl and Helen Chandler; Vera Faw (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and family, Reba and Jack Crawford, Elaine Chandler; and special cousins, Ezma Lee and Rick Stevens; Rob, Kayla and Kaylem Chandler, John Chandler, Brian and Jan Chandler and family; Laurie and Randy Moye and family, Scott and Karen Chandler; Frank and her special shopping buddy, Lois Ott; Scott Wampler and family; Janis Agee and family; Brenda Delbridge and family; Whitten Davis and family; Arnold Davis and family; Jamie Hatcher and family; Jenny and Lance Greer and family; Michael Chandler; Christine Patterson and family; and Jennifer Manning and Karen Newsome and families; and Jamie Ousley as well as many other cousins. She is also survived by her friends at Dublin Baptist Church, where she attended with her grandmother Chandler. Her North Carolina family: Virginia Rumley; Jimmy Rumley and family; Betty Thornburg and family; Brenda Holcome and family; and many other cousins. Her adopted mother, Trudy Eudy, and adopted sisters, Emily Eudy and Lindsey Birmingham, in Monroe, N.C., where she attended pharmacy school, and their families who treated Laura as one of them.
Laura loved all past and present friends, and had abundant love for all people. Please honor her by being patient with and loving one another.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Etowah County Humane Society;
in Memphis, TN; Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL; the
; Traumatic Brain Injury research; or to Dystonia research.
Special thanks to the 911 operators, Glencoe Fire and Rescue departments and the Glencoe City Police, Renee Lancaster, Charlene McCoy and family and friends of Laura.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today with service following and a release of balloons.
Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home - Gadsden
2209 East Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times from June 17 to June 18, 2014