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Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's been NINE years since the September 11 attacks ...

In honor of the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America, we are revisiting the patriot we now consider our own. Her name was Laura M. Longing and she was, in every sense of the word, a hero to this country who lost her life ... and who left behind a loving family.

Laura M. Longing
Age: 35
Resident of Pearl River, NY

Laura M. (Pettus) Longing of Pearl River, New York, was an extraordinary woman. In her thirty-five years, she accomplished much and touched the lives of many. She was a loving wife and mother, an accomplished businesswoman, and a patriot. She was an Assistant Vice President for Marsh USA. Her office was on the 96th floor of the World Trade Center in the North Tower (Tower I). She managed projects in the technology information systems department. During her ten-year career, Laura worked for Marsh & McLennan Companies and their subsidiaries.

Laura graduated from Nanuet High School in 1984. While a student, she played varsity soccer and softball. After high school, Laura earned her Bachelor's Degree in Management from Pace University in 1988, and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Finance from Iona College in 1994.

In addition to being a successful businesswoman, she was the mother of William and Bryan, and a loving wife to her husband, Chris. She was the daughter of Kevin and Anne Marie Pettus, and sister to Keith and Peggy Pettus. Laura had four nieces and nephews: Rory and Grace Pettus, and Brendan and Erin O'Shea. She was the daughter-in-law of Helen Longing and sister-in-law of Dierdre Pettus, Donna O'Shea, John O'Shea, Lorraine Longing, and Anne Longing.

In her leisure time, Laura loved the outdoors. She spent much time camping, and playing golf and softball.

She touched the lives of her family, friends, and coworkers. She put the needs of others before her own. Although she lost her life in the World Trade Center tragedies of September 11, 2001, she lives on in the memories of those she loved and who loved her.

It is our privilege to honor her memory as one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the name of freedom. Laura M. Longing is truly a hero worthy of recognition on this day and on all that follow.

Respectfully posted,
DaisyMae Maus & the Feline Americans (and Jessica, especially)


Jacqueline said...

A lovely tribute...We will never forget...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

THis is a lovely tribute to an American hero!

Chesney Cats said...

A beautiful tribute for a very special lady. May God bless & keep the loved ones she left behind.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

That is a lovely tribute. It is so nice of you to have chosen an individual as a symbol of that sad day to keep it more personal.

Marian said...

I only knew Laura when she was a little girl tagging after me and her big sister, Peggy who was my best friend. We called her, "Little Laura" and she was the cutest little girl who I had ever seen. Her passing makes me very sad. Many blessings to her, her family and her friends.