Steamboat Springs resident Laura M. Kirk died peacefully July 5, 2007, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 93.
She was born Laura Melissa Snow on Sept. 7, 1913, in Lynn, Mass. She graduated from Salem Normal School with a diploma to teach elementary education.
She married Edward L. Kirk in 1933, and they moved to the coastal town of Rye, N.H., where she was engaged in many community activities and enjoyed acting in summer stock productions at the local playhouse. She always loved the outdoors, tending her flowers and gardening. She had a large Victory Garden during World War II, which was considered the patriotic thing to do to help the war effort by growing your own vegetables for your family.
Laura and Eddie always enjoyed ballroom dancing, and when courting, they had always danced with friends at the dance ballroom at Nahant Beach on summer evenings. They also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and were avid golfers well into their 80s during their retirement years in Fort Meyers, Fla.
A few years after Eddie's death, Laura moved to Steamboat Springs in 2001 to be closer to her daughter. She loved the mountains of Colorado, having picnics at Dumont Lake, doing her crossword puzzles, discussing politics and sitting on her patio with her much-loved little dog, Sweetie.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Gail, and Gail's husband, Derek Heins, of Steamboat Springs; a granddaughter, Laverne H. Emmons, and her husband, Larry, who currently are residing in Moscow; and a great-granddaughter, Erica C. Emmons, who is attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
In memory of Laura, contributions may be made to the Yampa Valley Medical Center.