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1959 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sept. 6, 1959 to Dec. 26, 2017
A memorial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 for Laurie Olive Williams, a singer and journalist who had just started work as a peer support specialist in Riverside. She died Dec. 26 from surgical complications after she broke her leg in a fall. She was 58. The service will be at First United Methodist Church of Riverside, 4845 Brockton Ave.,where she was a longtime member.
Born in Germany, she grew up in Riverside and graduated from Poly High in 1977. She continued her musical studies at RCC, Chapman College and CSU Northridge, singing with each school's elite ensemble.
She spent 30 years as a writer and copy editor at The Press-Enterprise, a copy editor at The San Bernardino Sun, and a freelance writer at the Redlands Daily Facts. She worked as a paralegal before training to work with people who need mental health support. She joined Recovery International as a peer support specialist four weeks before her death.
She was an avid reader, especially of science fiction and mysteries. She wrote poetry and fiction, loved creating parody lyrics and alter egos. She was shy, witty and absolutely charming.
She sang professionally as a soloist and in church choirs. Among her many choirs: the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Raincross Master Chorale, and the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church choir. She was a soloist during High Holy Days at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert. She was in the nun's chorus in a 2011 Performance Riverside production of Sound of Music.
She is survived by her mother, Pat Williams; two sisters: Kris Lovekin (Stephen) and Valerie Othon (Michael); two nieces and two nephews: Nick, India and Kate Lovekin and Alex Othon. Laurie's father, Richard Williams, died 20 years ago. She has a large extended family and many devoted friends who appreciate her wit, her empathy, her knowledge and her kindness.
In lieu of flowers at the memorial, the family requests donations to the scholarship fund of the Raincross Master Chorale. Mail donations to PO Box 20324 Riverside, CA 92516. The group's Evensong concert on Feb. 25 will be dedicated to Laurie's memory.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 10, 2018
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