Laura Louise Hotaling
NORWICH - Laura Louise Hotaling, 97, Norwich, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Norwich Rehabilitation Center in Norwich.
Laura, known to many as "Louise," was born April 19, 1922, in Warwick, the youngest child of Frank H. (Jr.) and Annie (Charlesworth) Smith. The family, which included her sister, Jennie Edna and brother, Lester, moved to Delhi when Laura Louise was a young child.
She attended school in Delhi and graduated from Delaware Academy with the Class of 1940. While a student there, she became friends with Barbara "Jo" R. Oliver. They remained friends all their lives. In July 1940, Laura married Robert Meehan at St. John's Episcopal Church in Delhi. They lived in Delhi before moving to Sidney.
Laura Louise was employed at Montgomery Ward, Keith Clark, and finally, Bendix (now Amphenol), from which she retired.
After losing her husband Robert in 1977 to leukemia, in September 1979, she married Donald Hotaling at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Unadilla.
Laura's hobbies were many and varied and included all nature of needlecraft, painting and reading, the results of which are treasured by her family. She was a voracious reader and passed on the love of books to her descendants. She loved animals and her home always included dogs and cats. With a secret known only to her, no cat ever scratched anything, ever. During her life, Laura Louise maintained many long-term and close friendships.
She leaves to mourn her loving daughter, Roberta Meehan (Anthony DeMarchi), who she inspired of Columbus, New Jersey, her loving daughter/caregiver/companion Sylvia VanDeusen (Robert) of South Otselic; her beloved grandchildren, David J. Barnhart of Sherburne and Jessica VanDeusen of Plymouth and her adored great-grandchildren, Kyle, Dakota and Dalton Barnhart on who she showered unqualified love. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and their families to whom she was "Aunt Louise," including Raymond Selleck, Elizabeth (Selleck) Goodrich, Harold E. Smith Jr., Vivian (Smith) Schafer, Donna (Selleck) French and Patricia (Meehan) Lerch. She will be sorely missed by Bobby and Tammi Lynn VanDeusen and their families and Paul (Laurna) Hotaling and Patricia Whitmarsh, and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Robert Meehan; husband, Donald Hotaling; brother, Lester C. Smith; sister, Jennie Edna (Smith) Selleck; brother, Harold E. Smith Sr.; and very recently, her sister-in-law, Pearl Gesell Meehan.
Her daughters, Roberta and Sylvia, extend special thanks and much gratitude to those who helped and cared for their mother, Dr. Rani Kapur-Pado and the staff at Tri-Town Regional Hospital, whose constant caring and respectful treatment enabled Laura Louise's long life; Sylvia Walker, a devoted friend, loving helper, and now member of the family; and the staffs at Chenango Memorial Hospital and the Norwich Rehabilitation Center. Further, Roberta and Sylvia are grateful for the prayers, visits, phone calls and cards Laura Louise received.
Per Laura Louise's express request, there will be no formal services. Her cremation and final disposition are in the loving and respectful care of C. H. Landers Inc., Sidney.
Inurnment will be in East Guilford Cemetery.
In her memory, those who wish are invited to make contributions to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 17420 County Roadd 23, Sidney, NY, 13838 or Chenango SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815.
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Published on January 14, 2020


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