February 4, 1975-June 9, 2012
During the eight and a half years she lived with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, Laura became an “expert” on her illness, collaborated closely with her oncologist, and was a strong advocate in her care. Always hopeful and proactive, she raised over $175,000 in an effort to find a cure for multiple myeloma. She lived many years beyond expected outcomes.
She could find humor in the darkest details of her illness on her blog www.cancerclique.com. Old and new friends “gathered” here and created a strong community of supporters.
Everyone who knew Laura drew energy from her giving nature, strength, wit, tenacity and courage. As one friend says, “Laura made some of the best times in my life even better, the harder times easier, and the sad times funnier--a beautiful and brilliant friend.”
Born in San Jose, Laura spent her childhood growing up in San Jose, Germany and Japan. She attended Presentation High School and went on to earn a B,S. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her home was in Sunnyvale.
Laura followed her passions, some of which included theater, television, and connecting with people. She had careers in public accounting, television production, educational theater outreach, corporate philanthropy, and design. Most recently, she became a marriage and family therapist.
She is survived by her parents Walter and Elizabeth Wilson of Los Altos Hills and her sister and brother-in-law Melissa Wilson and Erik Stuart of San Mateo. Laura leaves behind her boyfriend Guillermo Alvarez and their kitties Gatsby and Griffin. Laura was a 6th generation Californian and a member of the pioneering Bubb family.
A celebration of Laura’s life will be on Saturday, June 23rd, at 2:00, at Dinah’s Garden Hotel, 4261 El Camino, Palo Alto.
Contributions to Laura’s memory may be made to The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), P,O, Box 335, Mountain View, CA 94041 (www.chacmv.org) or to Stanford University Office of Development, in Memory of Laura Wilson, Attention: Julia Hartung, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford CA 94305 (This donation will benefit Ram’s Head Theatrical Society.)