The world lost a beautiful spirit on Dec. 6, 2018, with the passing of Laura Lynn Green in a windsurfing accident on the Columbia River.
Born on Oct. 12, 1958, in Rochester, Minn., she was raised in South Bend, Ind., and attended John Adams High School and St. Mary’s College. She moved to Colorado in 1978 to finish her degree at Colorado State University. She spent the last 30 years of her life in Washington and the last 20 with her husband, John Hadley, in Lyle in the Columbia River Gorge.
Laura’s passion was the outdoors. She was a consummate kayaker, windsurfer, kiter, and backcountry skier. She was an expert in avalanche safety, snow science, and a weather and avalanche forecaster. She kayaked in North and South America and recently completed her fifth trip kayaking through the Grand Canyon, where she celebrated her 60th birthday.
Laura loved music and dance and created beautiful art. Laura was a voracious gardener and raised most of the food she and John ate. Laura was a healer, her gifted hands and feet massaging others to keep them doing what they loved.
Laura could frequently be found on Mt. Hood in the morning laying down fresh tracks as the sun rose, be suited up on the water as the wind picked up in the afternoon on the Columbia, and end the evening laughing and dancing in the arms of her friends and husband, John, as the sunset.
Laura shared a profound intimacy and nurturing life with her beloved John. She was a devoted stepmother to John’s son Kyle and daughter Chelsea. She cared for the animals on the 20-acre ranch they called home. She especially loved her dogs. She fostered several who became her permanent companions.
Laura had a deep love for her childhood family, most of whom are in the Midwest. She especially cherished spending time at her parent’s cottage on Birch Lake in southern Michigan, where she learned to waterski and sail.
She leaves behind her mother, Barbara Green; her sisters, Sandy (Geoff Lamb) and Kathy (Jim Pawlak); her brother, David (Diana); her nieces and nephews; her twin aunts, Jo Knoop and Su Parshall; and many cousins. Her father, George Richard Green, MD, preceded her in death.
Laura shared these words with her family after her father’s passing last year. “The Great Spirit of God is there to see, in each other’s eyes, and felt through each other’s hearts. May we continue to feel and share these blessings with all beings, compassionate to all as we walk together through life’s changes. Let’s offer our hands and hearts, we can help make a better world. Whatever the question, let love be the answer.” We will try to follow your lead, Laura, but we will miss your guiding light.
A memorial service will be held at Spring House Cellars, 13 Railroad St. Hood River, Ore., at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2019. We plan to get together afterward for a casual gathering at a local venue to be determined. More information, including a short list of suggested potential donations in Laura’s memory, will follow soon.
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