Laurie McMahon Iverson

Laurie McMahon Iverson

Laurie McMahon Iverson experienced a full lifetime of joy, passion and creative energy in her short 48 years. Her indomitable will to live led us all to believe she had more time. Despite her heroic effort, Laurie lost her 7 year battle with cancer. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, her optimism and spirit enriched the lives of everyone she met.

Laurie was born and raised in Seattle. She attended Lakeside and Garfield High Schools where she competed in basketball, volleyball and crew. She attended the University of Hawaii, Washington State University and rowed crew at the University of Washington. Laurie coached middle school and high school basketball and volleyball in both Seattle and Portland. She was an inspiration to young women and a loving and strong role model to her players and colleagues.

After moving to Portland, she was active in her children's schools where she inspired students to create truly unique works promoting fund raising efforts to sustain arts education programs. Laurie was instrumental in the creation of a fitness program to support a study at OHSU on the benefits of exercise for those in treatment of cancer. She also established a Portland branch of Team Survivor, through which women with breast cancer could participate in a variety of fitness activities.

Laurie is survived by her loving husband Tom and two beautiful children, Emma and Tate; her parents, Bill and Gene McMahon; sister Becky McMahon (Tim McDonald), and her pets Leon, Thor and Cuban. Laurie has a large extended family with whom she kept in close contact, including: Aunts Mikel Witte (Joe) of New York, NY, Elizabeth Dadi (Iftikhar) of Ithaca, NY, Lucy Gentry (Richard Meltzer)of Olympia, WA, Mary Schneidler (David) of Mt. Vernon, WA, Ann Ricker (Scott Abbot) of Quilcene, WA, Judy Ricker (Bill Nelson) of Santa Barbara, CA; Uncles Brian McMahon ( Yueli Zhang) of Port Townsend, WA, Pat McMahon of Seattle, WA, Tim McMahon (Cynthia Montagne) of Suquamish, WA, Scott Ricker of Truckee, CA; Cousins Ryan, John, Morgan, Abby, Drew, Josie, Brandon, Connor, Sydney, Rehan, Jake, Ben and Nora. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at Compass Oncology for their ongoing care and friendship.

There will be a service in Portland at Trinity Episcopal Church, 147 NW 19th at 1:30 PM, Saturday, October 13, 2012. A wake will follow at the Cider Mill Pub in Hillsdale. Remembrances to the cancer research initiative of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 7, 2012