May 22, 1964 ~ July 22, 2008
Redondo Beach, CA
Mathews-Chandler, Laura Ann, a 13-year resident of, Redondo Beach passed away on 22nd of July 2008 in Los Angeles. Born in Killeen, Texas, Laura was 44 when she died.
Laura was a member of Rainbow, an organization for girls, serving as a grand officer to Georgia. Throughout her life she was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper.
In 2000 Laura received a lung transplant at USC University Hospital. As a result of this experience Laura became one of the first Ambassadors for One Legacy, the national organ procurement agency, speaking at public events to support both transplant patients and encouraging families to become donors. The work that she did to support and promote organ donation and awareness has helped many, passing along the gift that her donor family gave to her eight years ago.
She dedicated her life to raising her two children and being active with them in the Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, and school activities. She served as the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 77 in Redondo Beach. In all that she did she kept a positive outlook on life, demonstrating a strength that inspired all who knew her.
Laura had a passion for reading that she passed on to her children. She loved animals, including her two dogs and cat. Laura had a love of butterflies and collected them as a symbolic representation of lung transplant recipients.
Laura is survived by her son Mark Chandler, daughter Jennifer Chandler, mother Darlene Andry of Whittier, brothers Everett Matthews of Nevada City and Raymond Andry of Whittier, grandmother Ruth Ennis, aunts and uncles Jim and Pat Record, William Ennis, Dorothy and Robert Rhodes of California.
Her loving Step-father Robert Andry precedes her in death.
A gathering of family & friends will be held on Saturday August 2, 2008 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2:00 PM at the Rice Mortuary Chapel, immediately following the service everyone is invited to the family gathering in The Lighthouse Reception Room at Rice Mortuary.