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Laura LeMieux (Schmidt) Griffin

SALISBURY — Laura LeMieux (Schmidt) Griffin, 83, who lived in Sharon and Salisbury from 1958 to 1990, died Aug. 23, 2017, in North Florida Regional Hospital in  Gainesville, Fla., with her daughter and faithful caretaker, Laura Adams,  by her side.

Laura was born on Dec. 4, 1933, to Cecelia and Charles LeMieux of Staten Island, N.Y. 

She lived with immense feeling, love for her five children,  towering rages, ambition such as was unusual for a woman of her time, and a  heartbroken sense of loss and loneliness that translated to a concern for anyone who seemed to be left behind. 

She taught for two years at Sharon Central School and is still beloved by her students there. She then became executive producer at the Sharon Playhouse, before getting her Master’s Degree  in Nursing Home Management and becoming director of Greercrest Retirement Community in Millbrook.

Her humor, drama and chutzpah made her a vivid figure in any atmosphere. She carried off a wardrobe of hand-me-downs with an authority that could make an old bathrobe seem like Paris couture. Few pleasures were as great as a morning cup of coffee with her on a sunny stoop, embroidering stories to be passed on, pulling an occasional weed, and laughing, laughing  and laughing.

In 2006 she moved to Cedar Key, Fla., and she spent the last year of her life  cared for tenderly at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Fla.  

Galvanized as so many of us were by the 2016 election, she became a dedicated  member of the Resistance, although she was wheelchair bound.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Selah P. Griffin, and is survived by her five children from her first marriage, Heidi, Laura Ann, Willi, Martha  and John; eight grandchildren, Marisa Skillings, Jessica and Jordan Adams, Caely Hibbits, Willi Dean and Henry Schmidt, and Laura and Lucia Guidolin; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the NAACP would be very much appreciated. 

Any time you are kind to a child, you will be carrying her  legacy forward.