Laura E. Wilson, 41, of Aurora passed away unexpectedly on August 7, 2018. She was born on August 31, 1976 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Richard and Linda (Leonard) Wilson. She graduated from East Aurora High School in 1994. She was currently employed with At Revenue. Laura was a free spirit who was full of life. She had an infectious smile and enthusiasm for life and she set no limits, no walls and no boundaries on what she was capable of. She enjoyed belly dancing and singing as well as many other activities throughout her short life. Her quick witted sense of humor and her ability to make conversation’s interesting and never dull will be dearly missed by all. She is genuinely herself, no apologies or inhibitions attached. Above all else, Laura will be remembered for all the love, dedication, commitment and loyalty shown to family and friends. In keeping with Laura’s loving and generous spirit, it was her decision to donate life through the Gift of Hope so that others may live it.
She is survived by her father Richard Wilson, sisters, Lisa Wilson and Kimberly (Kevin) Yost, 3 nephews Brendon Wilson and Jeffrey and Justin Yost. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless dear friends.
The past year has been a year of change and growth. Laura moved through one of the most difficult phases of her life to find that she was stronger than she ever thought, smarter than she was given credit for and fearless beyond her perceived limitations.
Laura had cataracts that clouded her vision for most of her life removed and as she began to look at the world through new eyes she saw things that she had taken for granted in a new light. Mostly, she saw herself for the first time. She saw new color in her world. She saw the possibility and she moved past fear and did things that scared her, but she did them anyway.
We could all tell a million stories about her that would have tears rolling down your cheeks and laugher peeling through the room, but there is one story that I want to leave you with today.
Many of you know that I lost my life partner and my business partner last year. There were so many times that I thought I couldn’t possibly make it. I had my little girl to keep raising, my business to keep running and my soul that needed mending, and I wasn’t sure I could do any of it.
Laura began working with me and staying with me a few days a week last September. While I held it together for those that needed to see me as strong, in our space, the space we held for one another, Laura gave me the safety I needed to shred, scream, break…and she would pick me up every time. Her beautiful patience was the opposite of my need to have everything fixed already. She taught me what it was to love yourself when all the parts appeared broken. She held me when my legs failed me and gave me a place to take off the mask. I hope I did the same for her.
Laura’s driving passion was to love the people around her. In the past week, we have received letters of condolence from people that have met her once and those were blessed to spend time with her and they all said the same basic thing. That they felt loved by her. That they were lifted up by her. That she will not be forgotten.
As we leave this place tonight, and life starts moving again, as it so cruelly does after a tragedy like this, I ask you to remember this. If you remind yourself, even just once a week, to love life the way that Laura did, I promise you that your life will mean more, have more flavor and have more impact on those around you. Don’t let one person leave your presence without knowing exactly how much you love them. Tomorrow is not promised. Today is the biggest gift you will ever get. Don’t f*&# it up. Love life like Laura did. Live big.