Laura Rowe Voorhis, 56, of Washington Court House, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Cleveland Clinic after a short battle with cancer.
She was born June 22, 1961, in Youngstown, Ohio, to William and Jeanette Turner Rowe.
Laura was a 1979 graduate of Boardman High School. Pursuing a career as a science educator, she attended Minot State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education with honors in 1987. In 1997, she proceeded to gain a Master of Science in Education with honors from Miami University.
She began her professional career teaching biology at Boardman High School in 1987. From 1988 to 1992, she taught physical and earth science for the Wichita Public School System. For the past 25 years was a biology and chemistry teacher for Washington City Schools in Washington Court House, covering a wide range of subjects including biology, zoology, forensic science, consumer chemistry and environmental science.
Laura was an active member of her community in the arts and sciences. She was a devoted music lover, a fan of Martin guitars, and a booster of live music and community arts. With a passion for promoting girls’ interest in science, she served on the scholarship committee of the Washington Court House Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Rowe, in 1987.
Laura is survived by her husband, Mark Voorhis; her mother, Jeanette Rowe and a sister, Stephanie Rowe.
A private service was held on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman, Ohio for her immediate family and friends.
A celebration of life service, followed by a visitation and time of fellowship, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Liberty Hall at Washington High School with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, or other expressions of condolence, friends consider contributing to the AAUW Laura Voorhis Memorial Scholarship in her honor. Gifts may be directed to AAUW, c/o Rose Merkowitz, 1383 Courtney Drive, Washington Court House, OH 43160.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.