Memorial for Laura Eady

Funeral arrangements befall on Olivier as the only relative active in her care, but due to the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 Olivier needs help from friends and loved ones to pay for funeral expenses. Please help in any way possible to give this amazing woman the proper and respectful burial she deserves.

Laura Guimonet Eady was born on July 12th 1931 in France, she was the first born of Helene Guimonet David and older sister to Jeannot David. Her mother was known as a famous seamstress and hat maker throughout Paris but due to unfortunate circumstances when her mother remarried then changed their last name to their Jewish name David, it resulted in misfortune during WWII (in 1942, Laura was eleven years old). Laura and her family were sent to labor concentration camps, while her step father was never seen or heard from again.

The life in the camp was hard, but Laura tried to hold on to hope and make it feel as normal as possible through the nightmare. She even had a best friend a little Ukrainian girl, who taught her how to speak Ukrainian. Sadly, one day as Laura headed to the canteen, she saw her friend’s lifeless body displayed at the entrance of the canteen with other died bodies. Laura became very sick and depressed for few months after the incident and things were not looking well as her bother was not doing well, (malnutrition and childhood asthma) but by a miracle they survived and in February 1945 the German soldiers open the gate and told them to leave that they were freed.

Unfortunately, her story did not end there, they still had to walk through the woods and at times hide because ally pilots where still bombing German troops on the ground. They finally found a Canadian troop from Quebec, that guided them to a town where there was an American Military hospital. They stayed there for few months, that is where Laura learned to speak English, and help to translate German & French to English, Laura was 14-15 years old at the time.

After a year, Laura’s mom was repairing uniforms for the American soldiers, and Laura was working at the hospital as a translator. It was Helene (her mother) who introduced Major Carl Eady to Laura, they started dating. During the time they dated, Major Carl Eady was part of the Nuremberg trials, they were in need of translators, by that time Laura was fluent and able to translate five different languages so she was hired to assist with translations. Then they got married in 1947 in Germany. Laura moved in USA in 1952 with her brother, a year after her mom moved with them. Though her life and that of her family had improved after the war, it was not the end of Laura’s struggles in life, she made many sacrifices and encountered much heart ache even after the war.

Through all her struggles and scarifies, Laura G. Eady was an amazing and accomplished woman. In the 1960s Laura became one of the first woman managers for Army and Air Force Exchange Service in the United States, all while raising her two children, helping her younger brother go to college, caring for her mother, and being a caring wife to her husband. In the beginning of the 1980s Laura and her family moved down to Florida after her husband retired. She would start working at NASA at their gift shop but later would become an official translator as it was discovered she knew five languages fluently (French, German, Ukrainian, English, and Russian), but sadly in 1993 Laura’s mother passed away of natural causes and in 1998 her husband, Carl Eady, passed away of cancer.

After the death of her husband, Laura dealt with financial and family struggles, in 2000 her grandson Olivier came to visit her from France to meet her for the first time, she offered him to live with her if he wanted to start a life in the United States. Olivier, who dealt with many family hardships, was so happy to meet a family member (that barely knew him) who wanted to care and love for him. Laura loved Olivier as a son and she was more of a mother to him, the love he has for her is that of a son to a mother as well.  Since September of 2000 to the 27th of May 2020, Olivier has lived and cared for Laura for that close of 20 years. Olivier has been her care giver after she suffered a stroke in 2016 which advanced her Dementia to stage 2 Alzheimer, he respected her wishes in never placing her in a nursing home allowing her to live her days in peace at home.

Laura G. Eady passed away in her sleep on Wednesday the 27th of May 2020 in the comfort of her home unexpectedly. Sadly, Laura had no funeral arrangements previously made and it was a topic she refused to speak about with her grandson.


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