Potampa, Laura Ellen January 11, 1967 - September 11, 2008 Beloved and beautiful daughter and sister, she passed away suddenly while on holiday. Born in Torrance, she was a lifelong resident of Palos Verdes Estates. A graduate of Palos Verdes High, she attended Harbor Community College. She was an assistant buyer for the gift shop at the Begonia Farm, traveled the world as a Delta Airlines flight attendant, an executive assistant for AOL and Levi Strauss, customer service manager for Ducatti Motorcycles, marketing at Sketchers Shoes, office operations for various south bay engineering and dental firms and specialized cosmetology work in the styling industry. She is survived by her parents Richard and Elaine, her brothers Mark (Suzann), Christopher; her sisters Robin (Tom), Suzanne (Nicholas) and nephews Alexander and Nicholas, and her devoted Jack Russell "Skipper". A sweet personality and passionate motorcyclist, Laura's sparkling spirit of the life touched all who knew her. Laura will remain in our hearts forever and will never be forgotten because she is the sunshine of our lives A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 pm at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA.

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  1. Please accept our deepest and sincerest sympathies. I hope at this time you can take time in your sadness to celebrate Laura’s life with all those that were touched by it. Love, Scott and Lisa

  2. I love you Laura! you always conveyed the light of sunshine everytime we were together! Your spirit is still with me, your sweet smile, our laughs and the short time we were friends. Rest peacefully dear Laura, I will miss you so much! So, please make sure and share all those beautiful smiles with the angels whom you are now with! ‘Bella’ Tina

  3. Dear Family of Laura… I send my deepest of sympathy to all of you right now in this very difficult time. To lose such a bright ray of sunshine such as Laura so early is so sad. I am sorry for your loss. Laura was a friend of mine only a short while (as I started doing her hair last year, and some facial treatments as her Esthetician friend), I learned to love her glowing spirit and friendly nature towards people and her passions for wanting to ride her Ducati across the country! I thought what an adventurous spirit and soul she is when she told me that! I loved Laura for the many things she shared with me about herself and her loving family that loved her so much; and I love Laura for the many things I had yet to learn about her as we talked about many a time to go bike riding on the Strand as I am an avid outdoorsmen and bike rider on my beach cruiser. Well, Laura… I love you, and I still feel your loving spirit with me and I send that Love to your family now. Rest Peacefully. Loving sympathy for your loss, ‘Bella’ Tina Marino

  4. Dear Family, We are saddened by Laura’s passing and deeply sorry for your loss. We know that losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent. We also know that Laura’s siblings must be crushed by her loss. We wish we had known her better and spent more time with her. I (Dan) have fond memories of playing with her as a child, when my parents and I would visit for Christmas and other holidays. Doreen and I were also touched by some beautiful letters she wrote us a few years ago–extending friendship and kind words out of the blue. She had a great heart. All our love to all of you. Godspeed Laura! Dan, Doreen, and Maya

  5. Laura, you rode with us and we’ll never forget you and those late nights having supper in san francisco talking about everything. we will all miss you so much. XOXOXO

  6. I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of Laura. I remember her smiling face during my days at Malaga Cove. My condolences to all the family.

  7. My family & I wanted to express our condolences to you & your family regarding the loss of Laura. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Take care Uncle Dick & Aunt Elaine. Glenn & Kathy, Ashley & Kaleigh Andreoni

  8. Dear Aunt Elaine & Uncle Dick and kids, Our hearts are breaking, too. Laura lifted those around with her presence. She did not need to say a lot, but she always smiled a lot. This world really needs more smiles. And what a smile Laura hit you with. We love you all and will always be grateful for her gifts.

  9. Elaine, Richard & Family Like others we were saddened to hear about your daughter. There just aren’t words to describe sympathy for such a lose, except our hearts break also for you. With Love and Sympathy, From, Elaine and Jeannie (The Gift Shop)

  10. Dear Laura, You have been in my thoughts since we met in 6th grade. You and Megan made me feel so welcome. I will never forget that. I will truly miss you and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers! Such a beautiful person. You will be missed. God bless you, Lisa Espinoza

  11. Dick, Elaine and Family, I just found out Laura’s passing, and my wife Susan and I wish to extend our condoleances to you and your family.

  12. Dick, Elaine and Family, I just found out Laura’s passing, and my wife Susan and I wish to extend our condolences to you and your family.

  13. I met Laura while working as a Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County. I found Laura to be a true spirit to living life doing what makes you happy. I admired her for her courage and skills on the black Yamaha R6 that she would race through town on. I will truly miss her.

  14. This comes as shock! I know I’m late on the news but, I’ve tried on an off to find Laura through out the years. Laura and I used to date, and both shared a passion for motor cycle riding. To the family, I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I’m very sorry for your loss. I would like to understand what happened to Laura. If this gets to any one who would like to share this information. Please email me @ Sean McMichael

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