Laura S Coyle passed away on December 3rd lovingly surrounded by her family after a three year battle with cancer. Laura was born in Camden, New Jersey and lived a wonderful childhood in Pitman, New Jersey. She attended Gloucester County Community College and Elon University before joining the healthcare world as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Laura eventually took on her greatest love – raising her beloved children, Evan (26) and McKenna (23).
For those who knew her, Laura lit up the room with her laughter, smile, and her constant positivity and kindness. She was an incredibly caring person, who took care of those around her, always found the good in any situation, and brought out the best in all of us.
Beyond her family and friends, Laura had many passions in life; music, not cooking, her “associates” Duke, Sadie, and Barkley, her beloved tennis “Rafa” – and most consistently, sports of all kind. She never missed an Eagles game with her father – always debriefing on each half. She was a devoted fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team and had a closet to prove it… And most importantly – spent her life playing and following the world of tennis. Her love of tennis defined much of her life; creating lasting friendships, show-casing her fierce competitive spirit, and offering many wonderful experiences – attending Wimbledon, the US Open, the US Davis Cup, and playing in many tournaments herself.
Laura’s radiant embrace of life carries on in those around her who promised to “smile, sparkle and shine” – her lifelong mindset. She passionately believed that you choose happiness each day; and always encouraged others to live their lives that way. Laura leaves behind her husband of 31 years, Ken, her two children, McKenna and Evan (and his wife, Laura), as well as her parents, Steve and Janet Simmerman, and her siblings, Steve Simmerman Jr. and Lorna Charnock (and her husband, Jason Charnock). The family plans a celebration of Laura’s life on Saturday December 21st at the Hartefeld National Golf Club from 12 to 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to fund clinical research focused specifically on the ROS-1 genetic cancer mutation that she battled for three years. Send donations to the following: https://www.supportalcf.org/ros1/LaurasFund