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Laurie (Thurlwell) Prescott

May 22, 1943 - February 28, 2021

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Laura Edith Thurlwell was born, raised, educated and employed in San Francisco. She loved animals and supported many conservati­on and environmen­tal organizati­ons. She started collecting stamps and postcards at age 12 and never stopped. She loved to send and receive mail, and correspond­ed with hundreds of people.

She loved to drive and explore California as part of her passion for History. She supported museums and historical sites across the country. Her interest in exploring her genealogy led her into heritage societies. She belonged to Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of 1812 and Native Daughters of the Golden West. She had recently joined the Mayflower Society and the Society of the Descendant­s of the Colonial Clergy. Her parents were Masons and Odd Fellows, so she joined the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, the Order of Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shrine, and Daughters of the Nile. She was a 50 year member of Eastern Star and of Ladies Oriental Shrine and a Past High Priestess. She held several state-level offices in the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, including President of the Rebekah Assembly, Grand Matriarch, Department Commander and Vice President of the Department Associatio­n.

Laurie Prescott belonged to a lot of fraternal and heritage organizati­ons, but she never settled for being just a member. Her dedication to her duty was outstandin­g. Her knowledge of the ritual, regulation­s and procedures of each organizati­on was unbelievab­le, and she was always willing to help newer members.

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