Laura Elizabeth McAdams
13 July, 1988 – 21 March, 2021
After a courageous battle with cancer, Laura Elizabeth McAdams, also known by her friends as Lala, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital on Sunday, the 21st of March 2021, with her family members by her side. Her family, along with the many, many friends she cherished, will miss her dearly. She had great strength, compassion, a loving heart, and a true sense of humor and fun.
Laura was born in Lima, Peru, the 13th of July 1988. She was adopted as a toddler by Anne and Don McAdams and grew up happily in Bellaire, attending school and enjoying the numerous activities available for little girls—sports, dance, amazing birthday parties, scouts, and Indian Princesses. She enjoyed playing the piano. Laura graduated from Alexander Smith Academy in 2007 and from the Houston Community College Police Cadet Academy in 2015.
Laura worked in a number of jobs, including dog groomer, bail bond agent, and micro-blading artist. Her interest, however, eventually gravitated to the tattoo business, and she discovered that she had a flair for art and marketing. She enjoyed traveling to tattoo shows in major American cities, and in 2017 became manager of the Bloodline Tattoo Salon in South Houston. Her amazing ability to overcome adversity was evident when she rapidly reopened Bloodline after the salon was burned by an arsonist and her home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey in the space of one week. Later she established her own tattoo salon in South Houston, Ink Hou Tattoo. In 2020 she opened the Blue Rose Tattoo Salon on Westheimer.
Laura brought joy everywhere she went. She made close friends out of nearly everyone she met. But it was not just her personality and laugh that attracted others, it was the genuine respect, deep love, and bottomless generosity she gave to all. Any time, day or night, no matter what she was doing, Laura would drop everything to help a friend. Her friends were legion, and any of them would do the same for her. She was an animal lover who collected strays. One of her long-term aspirations was to open an animal rescue facility out in the countryside. She loved travel and new experiences and was always planning the next trip.
In addition to her parents, Laura is survived by her beloved twelve-year-old daughter Lea Garcia, sister Hanna McAdams, brothers Shaun McAdams and Danny McAdams, grandparents J and Joyce Pace, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. Family was so important to Laura, and she was never happier than when she was on a family vacation or at a family event.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Laura from twelve o’clock noon until two o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 11th of April, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to Friends of the Bellaire Pound, 5104 Pocahontas St., Bellaire, TX, 77401-4912.
Friends of the Bellaire Pound
5104 Pocahontas St., Bellaire, Texas 77401-4912
Gathering and Sharing of Remembrance
Sunday, 11 April , 2021
Laura Elizabeth McAdams
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10 April 2021
Laura! Divine intervention, life brought us together same group, H group, same sassy attitude and same motivation to run LOL. seriously the times there I remember are ones laughing so hard where we almost Peed our pants or glorifying our awesome lives. when we had our come to Jesus meeting where everyone admitted they Peed in the shower LOL. After that I got to come see you in Texas living your best life. I was so thankful my dad lived here. Our last LA trip together before you discovered you were sick was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. We ate so much food I think we almost exploded. I thought you were eating at the end just to be polite. Anywho big highlight for sure. My last memories with you sleeping in bed we’re a little sad but honestly I’m so grateful I got to have those special moments with you. I just love you so much. I promise I will be here for you and Leah forever.
Love you always,
7 April 2021
I will always remember you for your spirit. You always had a sweet soul and amazing energy. You loved to have fun with your friends. Never a dull moment when You came around. I remember being in school with you. You were so supportive of your friends. I remember one time we were late to class and you decided someone should pull the fire alarm. Before I could even say anything, you pulled it! The whole school had to be evacuated. I'll always remember all the times I went to your house for your 15 practices. I was so happy to be part of your life. You even helped me find my confidence after I had my children. You would tell me that I should come to your events and model. I did, and it was the best feeling in the world. To have you see my beauty when I didn't see it in myself. You helped me in so many ways. I will always cherish our friendship. All the late night rides through the city. Just listening to music. I could always be myself around you. From acting like kitties to being professionals. You always had a way of making everything fun. You really helped so many people in your life. I'm so grateful to had known you for 18 years. I wish the last time I saw you, I got to hug you a longer. I'll never forget you. I miss you, I love you, and I'll continue to share the love you gave me.
Joan Oshman Silberman
7 April 2021
Dear Anne, Don, Hanna and Lea,
I was so, so saddened to hear about Laura's passing. Anne, I truly remember when you brought them home on Third Street and how little both Laura and Hanna were. We have wonderful memories of the kids playing outside and having our block party with the pinata in your front yard. Laura was a beautiful soul and will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Ben Silberman & Anna Silberman
3 April 2021
Laura I will always miss and remember you for ever, I will cherish those 19 amazing unforgettable years of friendship we had. I will always remember our nights and posole on sundays mornings. Especially the moments I lived with you for those 2 years as your roomie.
God looked around his garden and found an empty space.then he looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face.He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful. He only takes the best .
1 April 2021
To my beautiful big sister, just know I feel so lost and broken without you. I know you’d want me to be strong. I’ve always been the strong one but in truth you were stronger than anyone thought possible. I never fully appreciated your strength more than seeing you battle cancer. You never complained and you bravely fought for as long as you could. Cancer was the thief that tore apart our family. You were truly the heart of our little family and not a day will go by that I won’t think of you. There are too many memories to name This last year you so proudly introduced me as your little sister whether people wanted to know or not. Now that you are no longer here I am extra proud to let people know you are my sister, and I am going to work hard to uphold your name and legacy. To put it simply having you as my big sister is my favorite memory that will be carried with me for the rest of your life. I love you forever.
Your little sister, Hanna
28 March 2021
My dear friend, you taught me so much in the little time I’ve known you. I met you on Facebook cause you saw I started tattooing and you reached out to me with an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. You told me to come work with you and you’ll teach me whatever I need to know. You took the time to teach me so much and brought comfort in me when i was dealing with hard times, major anxiety and panic attacks. I couldn’t walk into a lot of places cause of it, but on the first day I walked into your shop, I automatically felt welcomed and comfortable with my surroundings. I walked in and went straight to work without any worry, it was like if that place was my medicine. You welcomed me with open arms and properly introduced me to the crew. You then always made sure I was good no matter if I was at the shop or not. I also saw you made sure not just me but everybody was okay in life before you moved on to the next step. You gave me so much great advice and opportunity’s that no one in this world would do for free. Girl you are my idol, You taught me true friendship isn’t all the years you put in, it’s the character and effort you put into caring for others. You Are the Definition of Amazing! Lord knows how much I Love you for who you were. You can’t find real no where these days. I wish I could of told you more on how much I was thankful for your friendship, but I pray everyday and I know your hearing so I’ll keep telling you over and over again , Thank you Beautiful for everything you’ve done for me. God needed you so I can’t be selfish 🥺. Rest in Heaven Mama.🙏🏻
27 March 2021
A favorite and clear memory for me is of Laura's quinceanera - and all the dance lessons that led up to it! She was beautiful, of course, and the whole event was a festive celebration of her. Another favorite memory for me is Don describing her - he would pause and say, "she is really beautiful." Don is not often at a loss for words! And yet it seemed her beauty was deep and interesting in a way that gave even our garrulous Don pause. My heart goes to you all, McAdams Family.
26 March 2021
MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND 😔..IM SITTING HERE AND STILL CANT BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED. .IM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN YOU..I ADMIRE THE LOVING,CARING,GIVING,AND SPONTANEOUS WOMAN YOU WERE..YOU WERE SO EASY TO LOVE AND TO BE AROUND..YOU WERE SO POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING..WE WERE FRIENDS FOR A FEW YEARS AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY YOU SHOWED UP IN EVERYTHING IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE..YOU WERE THERE SUPPORTING MY LIL SIDE HUSTLES..YOU WERE THERE WHEN I HAD MY BRAIN ANEURYSM..MY BIRTHDAYS..AND ALSO WHEN MY SON DIED..I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU..THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN AMAZING FRIEND TO ME 💜💙❤..
26 March 2021
11 years ago I met Lala on her birthday 713. I was waiting in line to get into an event. I saw her standing by the front door alone just looking at everyone going inside. I felt like a famous movie star was standing there. I was her friend on Facebook but had never met her in person. I got so excited that I went up to her and called out her name so loud “Lala” she looked at me and with a big smile said “Hey girl what’s up?” I said to her “Oh you don’t know me” her response was “Oh” then started laughing. She told me it was her birthday and the person she had invited never showed up. I told her I would be honored to hang out with her and the rest was history. She was always there for me when I needed her. ALWAYS! I remember I had posted on Facebook once that I had found baby raccoons in my attic and she was the first one to come over to my house to bottle feed them and she made sure that their momma came back. I could go on and on with memories about her. I love you Lala and Im truly going to miss you. This still feels unreal. May you rest in paradise Fresh Princess Of Bellaire 💜
26 March 2021
I’m so sad to hear about this, laura wanted nothing but the best for the people she loved. I was fortunate to meet her about two years ago and I really was lucky to know her. She is a beautiful, gifted artist and such a force on every level. She really enjoyed helping people and woman who own small businesses. She will be missed! I will miss her so. She always brought a smile to my Face., and had such a strong positive presence about her. I haven’t known anyone like her. She loved her family and friends so much, much love ALYSSA Abramson
26 March 2021
Well I still remember the last time we talk and you was at Whataburger and you got my favorite burger makes me laugh cause it was the little things that u did to make me smile or the time you called me late at night when you was stuck flooded and I came to rescue you, you was like your my hero lol even now that your In heaven you making smile.... you will be missed but you will always be in my heart Laura aka Lala love you always your friend Freddy 🌹🌹🌹🌹
25 March 2021
It was devastating to know that someone so kind and caring like you would have to go through what you went through. If anyone deserved life, it was you Laura. You loved us with all your heart and you took care of us, your family through it all. My heart breaks to pieces now that I have to say goodbye. You leave us with beautiful memories we will cherish forever, for that I thank you. I always told you how much I loved you and I’ll say it forevermore. Until we meet again...