Age 66, on July 6, 2013, of Churchill borough, at home surrounded by loving family members, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer. Beloved wife for 34 1/2 years to Stephen R. Bailey. Loving mother to Craig (Jackie), Bryan (Jaime) and Bradley (Rebekah); adoring grandmother of Bryce, Jordan, Bryanna, Brooklyn and Seth; daughter of the late Charles (Mike) and Lillian Dowler; cherished and caring "cousin" to Howard and Eleanor McCloy. Survived by Darlene Davies (sister) and Orrin Dowler (brother). Laurel graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1965. She received certification as an RN in November 1968 after graduating from the Presbyterian University Hospital School of Nursing in August, 1968. She cared for patients on the plastic surgery unit as Evening Charge Nurse - Unit 76, until 1975. She worked on the IV team from 1975 to 1976. She then worked as a Utilization Review Coordinator from 1976 to 1983. In August 1979 she was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She was Administrative Assistant in the orthopedic office of Stephen R. Bailey MD from 1983-2005. Laurel became certified as a nurse paralegal in 2002 with a specialty certificate in civil litigation and worked in the office of Myers Rosen Louik and Perry, P.C., from 2002 to 2006. Over the past four years she worked as a Nurse Case Reviewer for Tri Rivers Assessment. Laurel was always involved in various community organizations. She was general manager of the Churchill Area Baseball Association Slow Pitch League in 1979. A year later, she became the president and started the Intermediate League for nine and ten year olds. She remained an active part of the association until 1995. She was active in the Shady Side Academy Parents Association, where she served as president from 1994 to 1995. She was a long-time member of Beulah Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon as well as on several committees over the years. Laurel became interested in taekwondo in 1995 at the age of 48. She eventually attained the rank of fifth degree black belt with the American Taekwondo Association. She fulfilled a dream of instructing students in her own school when she opened Bailey's ATA Martial Arts in 2002. Between 2002 and 2012, she and her staff taught not only martial arts skills but also important life skills. During this time, she promoted over 50 students to First Degree Black Belt. She was admired and respected by her students and colleagues. Laurel had a profound selfless and nurturing spirit and was kind, encouraging and supporting to all whose lives she touched. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Special thanks for the professional and compassionate care Laurel received from Dr. Hyoung Kim and his team at UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC East, Oxford Drive; Dr. Stanley Marks and his team at Hillman Cancer Center and from Dr. Katie Nason and her team at Shadyside Hospital. Thanks to all of the nurses on 3 Main and 5 Main at Shadyside Hospital who provided so much comfort and caring. Finally, our deepest gratitude for the support and caring from all of the Forbes Hospice staff. Friends received at WOLFE MEMORIAL, INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pgh, PA, 15221, 412-731-5001, Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, 12-3 p.m., 6-8 p.m. Memorial service July 20, 2013, 11 a.m. , Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Rd., Pgh, PA 15235. Donations are suggested in Laurel's memory to the UPMC Cancer Center Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Center Ave, PGH, PA 15232, or Forbes hospice c/o Forbes Health Foundation, 2570 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 7 to July 9, 2013