Let the memory of Lauren be with us forever.
  • 58 years old
  • Born on June 6, 1960 in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States.
  • Passed away on August 31, 2018 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lauren Clemons 58 years old , born on June 6, 1960 and passed away on August 31, 2018. We will remember her forever.

Beloved wife and mother of our miracle son Jason. An avid Boston Red Sox and Miami Dolphins fan. She went to many Boston home games, including the one where Coco Crisp crawled out from under a bench clearing pile of players. Attended as a season ticket holder in Miami for two seasons cheering them on with myself, an avid New England Patriots fan.

I knew Laurie when we were kids in grammar school and was introduced to her in 1980 by my friend Wayne Brown, who was dating her best friend Lynn. She was attending Salve Regina University in Newport, RI working on her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. We had many good times in Newport including seeing the Americas Cup Race, Christmas in Newport, and many of Salve's parties, some that were given in the Mansions of Newport. 

She worked in the Region 16 School District as a kindergarten aid, special ed aid at Laurel Ledge and as a substitute teacher at Long River Middle School. She also taught Quilting and Scrapbooking classes for Adult Ed because she was very craft savvy. She touched many of the students lives in school, especially her special ed child who learned a lot from her. The middle school classes she taught got to respect her because she pulled no punches when it came to discipline. All she had to do was ask them to settle down and wait, and they did, with very few exceptions. She was well respected by teachers, and students alike.

We visited many international destinations either on vacation or with my work at Sikorsky Aircraft, including the Paris Air Show in 1999 and taking in many famous places, including The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Holocaust Museum, found by accident behind the Cathedral, The Omaha Beach Memorial Cemetery, Sacre Cour, Versailles, and many other memorable sites in France.

Visiting friends in Australia for two weeks in 1988 taking in many sites in Sydney, Canberra, and the Worlds Fair in Brisbane. Australia was an awe inspiring place to visit. The Sydney Opera House with its many acoustic theaters where you could her a pin drop on the stage all the way in the back of the theater. Holding a Koala Bear in a zoo in Brisbane  And waking up to  snow in August, which is their Winter. Upon leaving Australia we crossed the dateline and lived the same day twice, once in Australia and then again in Hawaii. When we returned we found out she was pregnant with Jason, who we call our miracle child because of complications during his birth. 

A 12 day cruise from Hawaii to Tahiti for our 20th anniversary. Visited 5 of the Hawaiian islands, Christmas Island on Easter Sunday, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. It was a relaxing 12 days of fun and sun and all of the pampering we could need or want.There are many other adventures taken that are too many to mention, but we had the time of our lives while traveling the US and Canada also, enjoying every minute of it. But as life goes, it was fun while it lasted.

Everything came to a halt when Laurie first got sick in March 2015 and was not able to get around anymore. I was her chief cook and maid, giving her sponge baths and attending to her needs as best as I could while working at Home Depot part time and then full time. We would occasionally take walks around the neighborhood using her scooter and Archer just to get her out of the house and into some fresh air, even if it was hot and muggy at times. It made her feel better just to get out of the house. Her last illness was sudden and unexpected and she passed quietly with friends nearby.

She was the love of my life and I will miss her dearly. 

Posted by Daisy A Gmitter on 26th November 2018
To the sweetest most loving person if have known. I’m sorry I can’t be there, but you know how much your loved. How much your missed, how you made a difference in the years I have had the pleasure of knowing you. I pray you are finally at peace. I will never forget you darling friend... Fly, Sore, Rest Easy.
Posted by Eileen Geriak on 25th November 2018
Laurie, you were an important part of our family. Loved sitting around the table with you and all the rest of the crew....it's been a long time since those crazy family gatherings and the Clemons clan just isn't the same without you. Miss you very much... Hugs Jay, Eileen <3
Posted by Deb Cam on 7th September 2018
In 1994, I finally had some time to explore my family genealogy. I called my aunt Ella to start with her branch of the family. She quickly told me to contact my cousin Laurie. She stated that Laurie had done extensive work on the family tree previously. She gave me Laurie's phone number and I made the call. Although we only lived two towns apart growing up, we never really connected. Laurie was 3 years younger than me. Well, connect we did. Laurie told me that just the day before she had been cleaning out a closet and picked up the family genealogy to throw it away. For whatever reason, she didn't. We soon met in person at the Waterbury city hall to start digging up the family skeletons. And boy did we did and we even found skeletons. We often excitedly rushed home to tell our families what we uncovered in the archives only to be told " we already knew that!" But we continued digging and met so many new cousins, in state and out of state. We spent hours at the LDS libraries reading through old microfiche until we couldn't focus our eyes anymore and we both ended up with headaches. LAurie was instrumental in organizing the Cooper family reunion and putting together the Cooper family cookbook! I finally had met someone who was as passionate about my new hobby as I was! Laurie was talented in so many other ways that I had never even dreamt of. She showed me a table runner that she had sewn and described how she did it. She had a true creative eye and talent for crafting. With her guidance, I made my first quilted table runner and then began quilting in earnest, all with her guidance. Then came scrapbooks and so many other crafty projects. There was no end to her talent. She was always eager to teach me and share her knowledge. Laurie truly had a heart of gold. At the darkest moments of my life, she was there for me. She always listened and offfered advice, prefacing it with "Can I just tell you something?" She told me I was "her person". She was my Meredith and I was her Cristina (Grey's anatomy). The last three years have been difficult for Laurie and Jay. Her health declined and she was bedridden. I hope that I offered her as much support that she needed. I hope she has reunited with her beloved parents and brother, Gerry, whom she loved dearly. I know she is no longer in pain, but I will miss her terribly.
Posted by Daisy A Gmitter on 1st September 2018
I first met Laurie & Jay whilst living in Australia through Marv & Louise Farrell whom Frankie & I adored. When we returned to the United States living at the Farrell home on Burton Rd until we purchased our home on Laurie Lane. 12 yrs later moving to Quail Hollow Ct just past the Clemmons. The Farrell’s the the Coopers were best friends, adding a younger generation to the Clemmons, The Gmitter’s and so on.... The years of scrapbooking & other fun times... I stopped in to visit with Laurie & The Jay’s in Port St Lucie a few times. On Thursday I sat holding Laurie’s hand talking about Stuff. It was a beautiful late afternoon evening. I asked the nurse if we can move her bed closer to the pocket doors overlooking the beautiful palm trees, listen to the birds & squirrels scurrying about. Laurie smiled and said yes pls... the warmth of the breeze made her smile her beautiful smile. I played Mediation music for us to enjoy & relax, she napped a bit, when she awoke Laurie lifted her head and said to me “What are you Eating?” I smiled and said “Sweetish Fish want some? She smiled & said Yes! So we ate Sweetish Fish together. She smiled & said you are beautiful Daisy, I'm so happy you came to see me. I Combed her hair, she asked, are they here yet, I said they’ll be here soon, she smiled napped, woke, asked again. I knew she was waiting for the most important man in her life to return, the man that selflessly took care of her for all their years together, most especially the last 3 yrs, I know because she told me all of that & more. For her best friend Pricilla to walk through the door, Sue & Ed f Archer, the huge smile & love she had for them. She talked about her handsome son how proud she was of him. We sat together knowing. I will forever keep this Beautiful Loving Caring Womem in my Heart. I’m grateful to have had her in my life. When my time comes, I hope, I’m as brave as she was. Rest In Peace Beautiful Lady!
Posted by Joe Nuzzo on 1st September 2018
I got to know Laurie when she began subbing at LRMS and I was the assistant principal. Laurie was a friendly person with a contagious laugh. We would spend time joking around and talking. Later she taught quilting classes for me in the adult ed program. I always enjoyed seeing Laurie in the morning and we would always tease each other! I am so sorry to hear of her passing so young. Though I never met her husband she always spoke of him with the highest regards. Her son Jason who went through LRMS when I was there was her joy! To both of you, please know I share your grief. Laurie was a special person who will not be forgotten by those who got to know her.
Posted by Joy Adamaitis on 1st September 2018
THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME God looked around his garden And found an empty place, He then looked down upon the earth And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never Get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids And whispered, ‘Peace be Thine’. It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you The day God called you home.
Posted by Sue Gionet on 1st September 2018
Laurie you will surely be missed. I know this is a recent memory but one that will stay with me. On Thursday Ed and I came to visit with Jay, Archer, Priscilla and Daisy. Archer was so excited to see you and love on you but a little upset that he could not kiss your face. You said "Archer now you had better just calm down" he didn't really listen much but he heard you. When I leaned over to give you a kiss for the night some of my hair fell on your face and you giggled as it tickled you. I apologized for tickling you and you giggled again. That same giggle I have heard several times before. I love you Laurie.
Posted by Gina Galullo on 1st September 2018
I’ve very sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. She used to come to my mom’s ceramic classes in the 1990s and in the recent years we’ve kept in touch on Facebook, sharing a love of Disney and reading. I had a lot of fun sharing books with her and chatting about what we liked and didn’t like about them. As a kid, I wasn’t allowed downstairs during ceramic classes, but like lots of kids I remember always trying to find a reason to go downstairs, or try to listen to the ladies talking. I would always know Laurie was there because I could hear her fun laugh. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Laurie!

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