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Laurie Newton

Visitation for Laurie A. Newton of Grass Valley will from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Grass Valley. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Newton died Saturday, July 17, from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She was born in 1948, at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in history. She went on to earn an M.A. in History from San Francisco State, and an M.S. in Library Science from San Jose State. After college, she traveled to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East co-coordinating international meetings for Stanford Research Institute. She continued her career as a technical writer for Tandem Computer Corporation. She enjoyed reading, and believed that life and education are intertwined. She worked as a reference librarian at Sierra College. She enjoyed her family, and being a private pilot.



She is survived by her husband, Paul Scannell of Grass Valley; daughter, Lindsey Scannell of Grass Valley; brothers Torrey R. Newton of Modesto, and Don Newton of Elk Grove; sister, Dorrie Newton of Corte Madera.

Memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills 91301. Please mention “For Research.”




Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.


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