Laurie Caldwell of Mount Shasta passed away on February 5, 2019 after an 18 month fight with ovarian cancer. Laurie was 57 years young.
Laurie was born to Jack and Jackie Smith in Walnut Creek, Ca. Laurie grew up in Concord and was a happy, kind, and beautiful young lady. Laurie and her two sisters once rescued an orphaned baby robin chick and raised it in the home until it was old enough to take care of itself and fly away. Laurie swam competitively for the Gehringer Gators Swim team and won many awards and ribbons.
When Laurie and future husband Eldon met she was taking scuba diving lessons. They took vacations to Cozumel Mexico and Maui just for the sole purpose of going on dives together. Later on, after moving to Mt. Shasta, she would regularly swim across Lake Siskiyou. Laurie was an avid runner and hiker. While still living in Antioch she would jog with her beloved Jack Russell, Scout. They would run for miles and both come back with smiles. In 1999 Laurie completed the Summit Winery Marathon in Napa. Years later she summited Mt. Shasta with several of her girlfriends.
Becoming tired of the hectic Bay Area lifestyle, Laurie, husband Eldon and son Evan moved to Mt. Shasta in 1999. After being here for only about a month she said, “We should have done this 5 years ago”. Laurie loved living in Mt. Shasta. She soon went to work as a natural resource representative for the County Office of Education. She taught school children about everything from fish to flowers, and loved it. She found her true calling when she became the school librarian at Mt. Shasta Elementary. She loved that job with all her heart and found so much joy in opening up the world through reading for the children. Several years ago when there were school budget problems she said she’d just volunteer her hours in order to help keep the library open. She strongly believed in the power of education and volunteered many hours to the Mount Shasta Education Foundation.
Laurie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Shasta and truly loved her Lord Jesus Christ. She taught children’s church and volunteered to help in the nursery. She loved her Bible study and the wonderful friends within those classes.
Laurie was a beautiful, wonderful wife, mother and member of this community. She was truly one in a million.
Laurie is survived by her husband Eldon of 26 years and her adoring son Evan. Laurie was preceded in death by her father, Jack. Laurie also leaves behind her mother Jackie, sisters Sue and Jennifer, brother Steve and their families.
The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice in Mount Shasta for their kind, professional, and compassionate help. The family would also like to give special thanks and love to lifelong best friend and “Soul Sister” Nanette Eshom and sister Jennifer for their loving assistance during Laurie’s last few days.
A memorial service will be held on February 16th at 11am at First Baptist Church, Mt. Shasta. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to the Mount Shasta Elementary Library, 595 E. Alma St. Mt. Shasta or to Mercy Hospice Mount Shasta, 914 Pine St. Mt. Shasta, Ca. 96067.