Laurine Wallace Vail

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Laurine Wallace Vail

Nashville, TN

Laurine Wallace Vail, known affectionately as LaLa, passed peacefully to her Lord on June 15, 2014, having recently celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Born May 7, 1912 at the Compton Family home on Abbott Martin Road, currently Abbotsford, she was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Margaret Compton and William Guy Wallace; grandparents, Kate Hardeman and William Ellis Wallace, Anna Ward and Henry W. Compton, all descendants of Nashville prominent pioneer families, the Compton's, Wallace's and Hardeman's.

Laurine has been the doyenne of Nashville's Wallace family since the passing of her brothers, William Guy Wallace, Jr. and Francis Compton "Doc" Wallace. That honor now passes to her cherished sister, Marguerite Kathleen Wallace McClure.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Laurine Vail Casey and her grandsons, Wallace Hanley Morgan and Gage Hughes Vail, and niece, Marguerite McClure Averett.

She is survived by her son, Samuel Wallace Vail (Heather) of Beaufort, SC and two daughters, Margaret Vail-Morgan and Sandra Vail McCaffrey; nine grandchildren, James Debow Casey (Kathy), Bronson Wallace Casey, Samuel Compton Casey, San Francisco, CA, Laurine Casey King (Greg), Christian English Casey (CeCe), Vail Morgan Gates (Alan), Memphis, TN, Wills Napier Morgan III (Lori), Breckenridge, CO, Samuel Wallace Vail, Jr. (Tanya), Roebling, NJ, and Nancy Bishop Vail-Archer (William), Bordentown, NJ. She had 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A witness to history, Laurine experienced the milestones of the 20th and early 21st centuries, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII and 9/11. She attended the Reed Elementary School, Ward Belmont and St. Bernard Academy, and was active in real estate for more than 50 years. She was devoted to her family, friends and pets. She enjoyed relating stories of early Nashville and riding her pony up Hillsboro Road when it was little more than a dirt path and Green Hills a rural, pastoral setting. At the center of her life were her faith and a deep and abiding love for God.

She had a warm personality and infectious smile that endeared her to everyone she met. Her generous heart, joy in life and compassionate nature led her to perform many acts of charity known only to her and the recipient of her thoughtfulness. Still dancing at her 90th birthday, Laurine's life was a celebration.

She was a member of the Junior League of Nashville, the Colonna Club, Vanderbilt Aid, Fannie Battle Day Home, Centennial Club, Hillwood Country Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and a communicant of Christ the King and St. Henry Church .

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 27th at 11 a.m., at Christ the King Church. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. A private burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nashville Humane Association or Alive Hospice.


Published in The Tennessean on June 22, 2014
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