Laura Mathews-Chandler

laura mathews-chandler
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.

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  1. Laura was a beautiful person. She was very, very special to us. She always had a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. She was inspirational, positive and oh what a fighter. Laura loved her life and felt extremely fortunate that she had received her “gift of life” nearly 8 years ago. She never took life for granted. She lived each day to the fullest feeling blessed that she had that day to live. Laura lived like she was dying. She lived with passion and purpose and mission and meaning. With no forgiveness withheld and no anger held within. She loved and was loved. She couldn’t control the length of her life, just the depth. Laura died like she was living. Laura and her kind gentle ways will be missed, but she will forever be in our hearts and gentle on our minds. She was a blessing in our lives, we love you honey.

  2. I’m Jenn.I have learned so much through all the experiences that I have had. The good and the bad. It’s shaped me through my entire life. I am who I am today because of everything and everyone. There’s people who love, hate, and envy me. I may be young and I may have just started living my life as a young adult but I am realistic, mature, and spontaneous; I don’t need to be old to know what i need in life or even what i want. I’m my own person and nothing will ever change that. I hold my head up high through everything. I may have lost my mother but i know that because of everything she has taught me I am a better person and I thank her for everything she has done for me. She was my other half, my world, my only parent, and dear to my heart. I know that she is in a better place and will never suffer again but it doesnt lessen this gripping pain deep in my soul. My heart breaks a little more each day as everything sinks in more. It’s hard to accept the fact that she wont ever be coming home again. Things wont ever be the same. Ever. She’s never gonna be able to hold me again when i cry. I wont ever hear her gentle laugh or see her smile. Everything just came to a stop. Straight from green to red. no yellow light. What makes it hard is knowing that its not some lie. Knowing that you saw the truth with your own two eyes. I was there when God sent down a messenger angel to retrieve her beautiful soul. I was holding her fragile hand when her last breath was taken, when her last heart beat thundered. It was hard seeing her one single tear fall from her eye as she entered heaven’s gates. The cruelest thing i have ever seen is that white, straight line across the machine she was hooked up to, indicating her heart beat was 0. No more squiggles, no more life. As her soul left her body laying there, I broke down. I felt empty inside. I mean, dont get me wrong, i still do and always will have a piece of me missing. But the overwhelming vulnerability took over me on that cruel, cold afternoon. My brain stopped, my heart broke, my veins burst with anger, and my whole body shook. As the tears poured out, I became a new person. Lonely, shaken, and strong. As much as denial passes through me, I have no choice but to block out foolishness. My mommy would never want me to hurt, she would want me to think of all the happy memories and acomplishments. She loved her life. So incredibly much. Through me, I can only hope that god blesses me and allows me to have her live on through me. No more broken promises, no more lies, no more unspoken words. In order for me to love you, you must be able to know what im thinking just by looking me in the eyes. In order for me to love you, you need to be able to hold me when i cry and not expect any explaination. Just like my mommy did. â„¢

  3. Laura touched the lives of so many people. Everyone who met her has been positively affected by her will and glorious spirit. She inspired us to treasure each and every day that we have together. She will be forever in our hearts.

  4. Laura always put a smile on my face just by walking in the room. She was wonderful, caring & loving. She was always there for anyone that needed Her.

  5. Jen, that was a beautiful comment, YOU know how I feel about your mom. She was on my mind alot. We shared special talks . In this time of sadness , just know her love for you and Mark continues. Please believe me when I tell you this. If you need anything you know where I am and how to get in touch with me.. I hold you and Mark in my prayers and thoughts ,I love you Jen.. Carole

  6. Laura was one of the most positive people I knew. Through it all, she always had a smile on her face. My favorite memory is last month when we all went to lunch and we were four in the back scrutched together and laughing not to eat to much or we wouln’t fit back in the car. She and her laughter will be missed.

  7. I met Laura through my Daughter Faren who is a longtime friend of her son Mark. The Griffin family wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to her family.

  8. You were so special. As someone said, ” an Angel with Butterfly Wings”. You are missed, life will not be the same without you and your special ways.

  9. Laura was such an integral part of the transplant program at USC. She was the most positve patient I have met. No matter what happened she took it graciously and with dignity. My favorite memory of LAURA is when she was a member of our womens (4 X 100)relay team at the U.S Transplant Games in 2002.

  10. “As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends life, not a relationship.” author unknown.

  11. I didn’t know Laura very well at all and had only met her casually a few times. I wish I would have gotten to know her better. What a courageous, inspiring, strong woman. My hope is all that she was and has done will be remembered.

  12. We are so sorry for your loss. Ray spoke so highly of Laura, we know how much she meant to the entire family. We send our deepest condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. My heart is so heavy upon hearing the news of Laura’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, during this time. I know how much she meant to her children and her family and they to her. May you find comfort in knowing that she is in a better place and watching over you. All of our love, Scott,Katy,Jack and Cole Bayless

  14. I am very saddened to hear of Laura’s passing, we worked for many years at Citizen Watch Company. I have many happy memories of Laura, Mark and Jennifer.My prayers and thoughts will be with her entire family. A beautiful person that God chose to send his Angel home. Love in remembrance Danita & Family

  15. Laura was one of the first people we met at the USC Lung Transplant Support Meetings. She was always ready with a hug and words of encougagement when we needed them. She was always so positive. We only had the privilage of knowing Laura for about one and a half years, but she always made us feel like we were life long friends. She will truly be missed and the Support Meetings will not be the same without her laughter and beautiful smiling face. Thank you Laura for all that you have helped us through. We love you.

  16. Laura was the very first person I met when I accompanied my parents to our first lung transplant support group meeting. I didn€™t know what to expect and was a little nervous, shy and apprehensive. I had the great fortune of sitting next to Laura and Mark. Right away I knew Laura was a special person. She was so warm, friendly and uplifting, that I knew everything was going to be alright. (It didn€™t hurt that Mark was there being silly passing me Starburst candies under the table.) Even when Laura was dealing with her own health issues she wouldn€™t let it get her down. She taught us to laugh and love life. She was always there to help and gave wonderful encouragement to me and my family. That€™s just how Laura was, she made everyone feel happy and she inspired everyone who knew her. I will always remember Laura€™s smile, positive energy and luster for life, it was contagious. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know her and I will miss her tremendously. I recently found this poem and it reminded me of Laura€ With closed eyes, I see you among the flowers, High above the clouds. Your presence blows through me with the breeze. Your smile beams down on through the sun. The full moon brings the light of your laughter to my mind. And the Butterfly in all its splendor reminds me Of your beauty and freedom now. Leaving your love for us lingering in our world.

  17. I shall always remember how Laura welcomed me as a new employee at Citizen Watch Co. Laura always had an encouraging message and a smile for everyone! She touched so many hearts, and will be missed and loved by a multitude of persons who were blessed to know her.

  18. Laura, you will be missed. I remember your laugh and smiling face. I am so sorry for your leaving this earth so early in life God Bless your family and friends. Love Always Andrea Kidd-McAdoo

  19. Although we didn’t know Laura for very long, or very well, she was a wonderful inspiration to us through the Group Meetings. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family. John Webb & Fran Trembly

  20. Jennifer, Most importantly, our lives are measured by how our children develop. Your moms best testament is the strength and compassion as represented by you. She is proud of you and no more than that can be asked. For those of us who have lost a parent, I have one teacher comment: your heart is not broken; its just bent. We never forget our parents passing, but as time goes by, we remember more of the good times and less of the end. Keep in touch with the Academy

  21. We were all touched by Laura’s life in so many positive ways, especially those of us that attended the USC Lung Transplant Support meetings. She came every month no matter how she felt or was going through to give her support, knowledge and encpuragement to the Pre and Post transplant people and their families, that was just priceless! She had been through so much since her own transplant nearly eight years ago but came out of each “bump” with such a great positive attitude and spirit that she passed on to all of us who knew her, that if she could go through it, we all could too. We will all miss her very much, but I truely believe she will always be with us in spirit, like a guardian angel with butterfly wings.

  22. I am not sure where to start. I was actually doing research on my own family in the South Bay and just happen to run across her memorial. I met Laura when we were in elementary school at Jane Addams. We grew up around each other as friends until we graduated from High School. We continued contact with each other for a year or two once I have left for college and then had lost contact for many years. I last talked with her maybe two years ago and understood she had been through quite a bit but was still working hard to do the best she could which was always her way. I will miss her as someone who had been part of my growing up always being in my thoughts on and off through the years.

  23. I am sadden to hear of the passing of Laura. Laura and I were Rainbow Girls together and I was her trailer when she was a grand representative to Georgia. I traveled to Georgia with her and her mom in a car with no air in the middle of a hot summer lol. We had such a fun time. Laura was such a good person and although we didn’t stay in touch through the adult years of our lives she was always in my thoughts.

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