Laura’s Story

Site created on January 28, 2021

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for visiting the CaringBridge site of our beloved Laura McDonough. For those of you who may not have known, Laura has been battling ovarian cancer for the last two years. Her struggle with the disease has been brave and aggressive, but the disease is more aggressive. Her ever-humorous, light-hearted, let’s-talk-about-YOU-not-me, wildly generous spirit remains intact, but after a series of failed chemotherapy treatments and a recent surgery she is in the process of making end-of-life decisions. 

Not one who has ever longed to be the center of attention, Laura has kept her diagnosis and ongoing treatment out of social media circles, preferring instead to nurture relationships in a more old-fashioned way, closer to home. But Covid-19 has had devastating impacts on our ability to communicate in person or say a personal goodbye. 

Because Laura will not be able to see all of us in person, or respond to the likely barrage of emails, text messages, and phone calls that would otherwise fill her various inboxes, this all-inclusive site has been created in her honor. Here you are welcome to blow Laura a big kiss, open your arms up for a big hug, post photos (maybe of you offering a kiss or a hug), and relate your personal messages, memories, or even your favorite jokes (Laura loves a good joke!). 

So chime in. Our deeply graceful, tender, magical-thinking, Laura is ready to feel your love ❤️ 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Michelle Meyer

The Laura McDonough Memorial Fund

It’s no surprise that after a full week without Laura’s physical presence in our lives, friends and family are experiencing a range of emotions. Deep sadness can give way to laughter when a funny memory pops up, and then that laughter can provoke tears. There’s also a “what now?” feeling.

How can we continue to share our lives with Laura? Where can we go to talk and connect with her? The answer, of course, is anywhere. Yet we earthlings really like to have a place, a destination, a special spot that is dedicated to the memory of the ones we’ve loved.

Laura found solace in the water. The grand body at our doorstep serves as a place to watch, listen, and just—be. So let’s meet Laura at the water.

A memorial fund in honor of our dear friend has been established to cover the cost of erecting a bench in Laura’s name at Covill Park in Red Wing, Minnesota. It will sit just where she’d like it to be, right next to the water.

As spring nears and we all run outside to breathe in the fresh air, this will be a place to sit with Laura and tell her about all the forbidden treats we are indulging in at her directive. To contribute to this forever Laura spot, please send a check to The Laura McDonough Memorial Fund, c/o Red Wing Credit Union, 3303 N. Service Dr., Red Wing, MN 55066. Any extra monies collected will be donated to a charitable cause dear to Laura’s heart.

Many thanks to Linda Flanders for conjuring up the idea, and to both her and Evan for bringing it to fruition. I plan to celebrate with cheese.


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