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Help me bring my grandma home

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Laurel Lee Wallis- Painter, Astologer, Archiologist, SciFi, Horror, and anything Alfred Hitchcock Fan, Outerspace and Alien Lifeform Interest, and a strong love for ALL animals (mostly cats though) She was an extremely Independent person, could fix anything around the house, didnt want/need help from anyone. She'd take in any stray animal..spend her last dime on seeing her pets were happy and well taken care of before she'd even think about herself, but art- art was her true love in life. In my recent trip to Barra de Navidad Mexico..I learned how much she was loved by the small village and how many of her paintings are in the homes of the residents, and murals on the walls of so many resturants and hotels. The most talented painter I will ever meet in this lifetime and I have the honor of saying that painter was my Grandma.

Please visit this link to view a gallery of her work


http://tributetolaurel.tumblr.com/

Laurel passed away in her sleep on July 25th, 2014 from Dengue Fever. She was 79 years old. She left behind a son, Paul and a granddaughter- Crystal. Laurel moved to Mexico 15 years ago when she retired from working in Real Estate..herself and a group of her painter friends started a group in Barra called The Dirty Dozen. Together they filled the town with their beautiful artwork and touched the hearts of many people of the village. Laurel loved her life in Barra..even after all of her friends were gone and she was all alone. She stayed. Even after her arthritis and eye sight were so bad she could no longer paint. She stayed. Barra was her home, and I dont think she would have changed that for the world.

My name is Crystal..I'm the granddaughter. I'm 27 years old and I run an online bakery..which I'm just getting off the ground. On July 25th I was notified by the Embassy that my grandmother had passed away in the hospital early that morning and they needed a relative to come to the hospital and claim her. Being one of her only relatives and the only one who could go-I was in a scramble to get my birth certificate, passport and plane ticket booked to go be with her and make the needed arrangments. I made it to Mexico 3 days later..spending most of my savings thus far. Knowing no spanish it was difficult but I was able to get my grandma moved to a funeral home..where I was able to see her before she was cremated (her wishes) I then spent the next two weeks at her home, cleaning and finding homes for her pets. I had to have a yard sale because I was running out of money from all the taxis, traslators and paperwork I needed to file. I was then hit with a 2400 funeral bill and a 900 hospital bill..and after finding out my grandma had no money in her bank and no life insurance that I've found..I ended up having to leave my grandmas ashes behind at the funeral home when I flew home..and that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I felt completely defeated..soon after there was a hurricane in Barra causing damage to the house, and I've been sending every penney I can back for repairs. I'm preparing to fly back down to Barra the first week of November to finish preparing the house to be rented..and I need to raise the money for the funeral bill by that time so I can get her released from the funeral home and have a proper memorial for her, she deserves that- then spread her ashes in the ocean as she wanted. I dont have any other family that can help me with any of this..and if I cant raise the money for the bills I'll be forced to auction off her paintings..which is all I have left of her. I know you dont know me..but I hope you can understand my situation and maybe think of how it might feel if you were in my shoes..

Any little bit will help..

I appreciate any of you who even read this far! Thankyou from the bottom of my heart.

If you have any questions you can reach me via my Facebook page at- https://www.facebook.com/rockin0687



 

 

Raised: $610.00

Goal: $3,500.00

 

 

 

$610 raised by 6 donors in 23 days

Created on September 29, 2014 by

Crystal Stevens

229 Friends

 

 

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Laurel Lee Wallis- Painter, Astologer, Archiologist, SciFi, Horror, and anything Alfred Hitchcock Fan, Outerspace and Alien Lifeform Interest, and a strong love for ALL animals (mostly cats though) She was an extremely Independent person, could fix anything around the house, didnt want/need help from anyone. She'd take in any stray animal..spend her last dime on seeing her pets were happy and well taken care of before she'd even think about herself, but art- art was her true love in life. In my recent trip to Barra de Navidad Mexico..I learned how much she was loved by the small village and how many of her paintings are in the homes of the residents, and murals on the walls of so many resturants and hotels. The most talented painter I will ever meet in this lifetime and I have the honor of saying that painter was my Grandma

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