OBITUARY

Laurie Yattaw Smith

November 15, 1950November 13, 2017

Laurie Yattaw Smith, age 66, of Hampton, Virginia passed away unexpectedly on November 13, 2017. Laurie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a resident of Hampton, Virginia for 43 years.

She attended Madison College and went on to become an educator for 25 years with Hampton City Schools. Laurie retired in 2013 to become a full time grandmother. She enjoyed outdoor activities such as golfing, biking, zip lining, and white water rafting. In recent years Laurie enjoyed family trips to places such as Smith Mountain Lake, Key West, and Myrtle Beach.

Laurie is survived by her husband, Chris Smith of 42 years; son, Cody Smith; daughters, Roberta Kiser (Bryce) and Erin Smith; and grandsons, William Kiser and Mason Kiser. She is also survived by her brother, Rick Yattaw (Sharon). Laurie is preceded by her father, Robert Yattaw; mother, Claire Yattaw; and brother, Ron Yattaw.

A Celebration of Laurie's Life will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:00 am at Parklawn Memorial Park mausoleum chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JDRF (jdrf.org) to continue the advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes, a cause Laurie became passionate about after her grandson, William Kiser, recently became diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolences with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, November 17, 2017

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Susan Booth

December 15, 2017

Dear Chris,
Just hearing the news.
She helped to make me the teacher I am today.
Thanks for all the two of you have done for all of us.

November 17, 2017

Laurie was always very professional and always came to my rescue whenever I needed her. She also offered warmth and smiles and a generosity of spirit. I so enjoyed her at Bethel and know of so many who treasured her including me. What a generous lady.

Helen Mitchell

November 17, 2017

Laurie was always very professional and always came to my rescue whenever I needed her. She also offered warmth and smiles and a generosity of spirit. I so enjoyed her at Bethel and know of so many who treasured her including me. What a generous lady.

Ruth Winslow

November 17, 2017

Chris what a nice service for Laurie. She would have approved. My love and sympathy to you and your family. I know it will be so hard for the grandchildren to understand why she is not here...but Chris, you will just have to be both Grandmother and Grand daddy from now on. Call on me if I can be of help in any way.
Ruth Winslow

Stephanie Harry

November 16, 2017

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Laurie. She was a wonderful educator and mentor. She was instrumental in helping me achieve my National Board Certification in Chemistry. She always had a smile and an encouraging word to share. My prayers are with you and your family.

Connie McFarland

November 16, 2017

Roberta, I am thinking of you so much and wanted you to know you and your entire family will be in my prayers.

November 16, 2017

My grief leaves an overwhelming hole, and so many questions....but I must remain steadfast knowing that our almighty Father has welcomed our dear Laurie and this is her beginning - not her end....I pray continued blessings for her family...
Pamela Hairston, Hampton, VA

Phil Smith

November 16, 2017

Sorry to hear this as she was always smiling and we had many great conversations over the years here at KHS. She will be surely missed by all. God Bless You and Your family

Rita Leonardi

November 16, 2017

Laurie was such a wonderful educator and co-worker. My heart is heavy at her passing. Please know how much she will be missed by many of us at Kecoughtan High School. I will hold her memory just a bit closer in the coming days.
R Leonardi

Tracey Blackshear

November 16, 2017

Although I never met Laurie in person, I know that she was a special lady. She was good friends with many here at Kecoughtan who have nothing but kind words to say about her. Laurie and her husband, Chris, showed true kindness and support to our mutual late friend, Dr. Lisa Auanger, by stepping in and taking care of Lisa's lawn during a time when Lisa's illness made this task impossible. Lisa was so grateful to both Laurie and Chris and always spoke very highly of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Laurie's children, grandchildren, and the numerous friends who loved her.

FROM THE FAMILY