December 18, 2012
In early August a beloved, lifelong resident of Issaquah, Laura Erickson, passed away peacefully in her home with her daughters and granddaughter at her side, along with her beloved dog Cody.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband Rodney, whom she married after graduating from Issaquah High School in 1951. They were best friends and loved each other dearly for more than 50 years of marriage.
Laura was born in Issaquah on July 19, 1933, to parents Tom and Reada (Pickering) Lewis, and was sister to Ed (Ila) Lewis.
Laura grew up playing on the shores of Lake Sammamish with cousins and enjoying time at her family’s Pickering Dairy Farm. Laura’s great-grandfather, William Pickering Sr., appointed as territorial governor by Abraham Lincoln, acquired the land in 1867 and established the farm.
Growing up, Laura also spent time at Lewis Hardware, a store founded in 1903 by her grandfather J.J. Lewis. Her mother and father, Reada and Tom Lewis, operated the hardware store for decades. Rod and Laura then took on the legacy in 1970 and ran the business until their retirement.
From an early age, Laura had a love of animals, beginning with horses as a young girl and continuing throughout her life as she raised and cared for a multitude of critters. Over the years, Laura and Rod shared their love of music, beachcombing and boating. Laura enjoyed living on her small farm south of Issaquah, and took great pleasure in raising all kinds of animals, flowers, vegetables and plants of all types. She had an amazing green thumb. Laura was a very generous person with a heart of gold. Often described as “salt of the earth”, she was kind and respectful to everyone.
Laura is survived by her three daughters Renee R. (Ken) Kientz, of Whitefish, Mont., Roxann R. (Clint) Veach, of Clearlake, Wash., and Rebecca R. (Bill) Knowles, of Bellevue. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Tom (Aryn) and Lauren Kientz, Rhonda (Rudy) Giecek, Samantha (Jake) Roberts, Adam (Therese) Veach, Amanda (Greg) Hagedorn, and Nico and Eric Knowles. Her eight great-grandchildren are Coen Kientz, Raichel Giecek and her sister due in December, Korynn and Jennavieve Roberts, Crew and Cora Veach, and Adelyn and Charles Hagedorn.
A family memorial service was held and Laura was interred at Lower Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.
Our mother left us with a legacy of a love of the earth, nature and a deep love of animals. We miss her dearly. We love you, Grandma Lu Lu!