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In Memory of Laura Tyrrell

Laura Tyrrell, fondly known as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cancer warrior, fearless advocate, motivator, encourager, friend, and lover of life passed away on April 18, 2017, at the age of 64. Married for 42 years to her devoted husband, Stephen Tyrrell, they raised 3 beautiful children Katie (34), Jeff (31), and James (25). Most recently, Laura added the moniker of “Mama T” to her list when she was gifted with the birth of her two grandchildren, Addison (2.5 years old; daughter to Katie and Mike Malone) and Serafina (4 months old; daughter to Jeff and Jamie Tyrrell).

Laura staged a valiant fight with cancer since 2000. First diagnosed with Breast Cancer, she then went on to battle Ovarian Cancer (diagnosed in 2002), and Peritoneal Cancer (diagnosed in 2007). But her family and friends refuse to believe that cancer beat her. As the late Stuart Scott of ESPN once said,"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."And this could not be truer of Laura. How she lived was with a smile and positive attitude, as if nothing was ailing her. She would have the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but no one would ever know when she was at her low. She refused to allow cancer to influence her love of life. Why she lived was for family and friends. Nothing put more light in her life than being with her kids, or grand babies, or hanging out with friends. And the manner in which she lived was through her faith that God had great plans for her future. Laura lived each day through the words of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plansI have for you,” declares theLord, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” She lived every day with hope and a strong faith that the Lord had a great future in store for her. And indeed she did.

Laura’s strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through 17 years of grueling cancer treatments. Yet even throughout her own struggle with cancer, she devoted her life to help others battle this horrendous disease. In between chemo treatments, Laura passionately supported the American Cancer Society in the hope that one day, a cure would be found. Her efforts included ACS CAN, Making Strides against Breast Cancer, ACS Relay for Life, Road to Recovery, Real Men Wear Pink, Daffodil Days, Lights of Hope, and the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, where she helped raise $1.5 million dollars to endow a research chair at the UC Davis Cancer Center. And every year, despite weekly treatments, she would fly to Washington D.C. for the ACS CAN Leadership Summit & National Lobby Day as a Legislative Ambassador fighting for more cancer research funds and to make fighting cancer a legislative priority.

Despite her long journey, Laura will always be remembered for living life to its fullest. Never one to turn down a girl’s trip to Hawaii, San Francisco, or Tahoe, she always jumped at an opportunity for an adventure with her friends. She also took every opportunity to visit her kids in Southern California, which also consisted of quality Mama T and Addison time. Or, she would make a quick weekend visit to Walnut Creek to spend time with Jeff and his wife, Jamie, and capture a quick snuggle with baby Serafina.

Laura was born on October 12, 1952 in Portland, Oregon to Charles and Virginia Fratt and was the middle of 3 children (brother Rick and Sister Lee). She attended the University of Southern California from 1970 1974, where she met her soul mate, Steve Tyrrell and was married in June of 1974. They immediately moved to Palo Alto where Laura received her Masters from Stanford University and began teaching. In 1982, they started their family and by 1990, Laura and Steve moved to Granite Bay and she became a full-time mom, shuttling her kids to school, swimming and water polo practices and herself, participating in community activities. When Laura was first diagnosed with cancer, she was determined to witness milestones, beginning with the graduation of her kids from college (Katie from USC, Jeff and James from Cal), then it was the marriage of her daughter to Bostonian, Mike Malone in 2011, the birth of Addison in 2014, the marriage of her son, Jeff, to Jamie Razzari in 2015 followed by the birth of their daughter Serafina in 2016. Finally, witnessing James settling into his career in real estate and meeting the love of his life, Mimi Hefner.

All those that knew Laura are invited to a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, May 24th at Destiny Christian Church at 6900 Destiny Drive, Rocklin, California at 11am, followed by lunch. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to American Cancer Society in memory of Laura.

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  2. Anne and Reed Payne 
  3. Babette Roznowski$100
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  5. Beverly Saldivar$25
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  28. Eugene N. Gordon, Inc.$1,000
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  31. James Olsen$105.50
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  33. Joseph & Margaret Addo$500
  34. Joseph & Shirley Malone$50
  35. Judy Finch$500
  36. Karen$75
  37. Kathryn McMahon$50
  38. Kele Leistritz$100
  39. Kevin & Helen Malone$100
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  41. Kim Nash$200
  42. Kimberly Brown$100
  43. Lew Witter$50
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  46. Maria Silva$500
  47. Marian Costa$100
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  49. Mark & Elizabeth Skinner$100
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  51. Mary Kiely$250
  52. Michael Weston $316.50
  53. Mrs. Vita Sarginson$35
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  55. NIcholas Karkazis$150
  56. Paige Stauss$500
  57. Pam Hoffman$100
  58. Pat, Mike Shannon & Keith McGhee$75
  59. Paul & Debbie Stamas$200
  60. Raymond & Marian Costa$100
  61. Robert and Mary Ann Dean$100
  62. Robert Brenner$100
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Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

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$ 74 million

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75 thousand

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services provided to
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