Sept. 19, 1925 - June 13, 2014
Resident of Hayward
Diana Lorene "Laurie" Wilson passed away after a tough battle with cancer at the age of 88. Laurie resided in the east bay cities of Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, and finally Fremont during her 60 years plus years in California.
Laurie was born September 19, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Diana and Lorin Kramer. She is survived by her son, William Wilson, resident of Oakland, and her youngest sister, Juniata Hopkins of Tooele, Utah, along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Laurie was predeceased by her daughter, Sabra Jones, brothers, Charles Kramer, George Kramer, Lorin Kramer Jr, and sisters, Madeliene Goicoechea, and Elizabeth Bogle.
Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Laurie learned many lessons of life, surrounded by six brothers and sisters. She graduated from high school in Tooele, Utah in 1943, and earned her teaching credential from the University of Utah in 1950. Soon after college, Laurie traveled to Northern California with three friends and was employed as an administrative assistant at the University of California, Berkeley. She ultimately returned to her passion in life, teaching elementary school children in the San Lorenzo School District. After two abbreviated marriages, she courageously raised two beautiful children as a single mother and devoted her life to her children.
Laurie was an avid bridge player, loved to swim, read fiction, enjoyed the outdoors, and liked to travel. Laurie taught many children over her 29 years in school and will always be remembered as kind, sweet and patient person. She will surely be missed by her family, friends, and bridge partners.
A memorial service to celebrate Laurie's wonderful life will be held at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in Oakland on Friday June 27 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 21, 2014