Family Tribute:Laura M. Longing (nee Pettus) age 35 of Pearl River, New York, was an Assistant Vice President for Marsh USA. She worked on the 96th floor of the World Trade Center, North Tower, as a project manager in the technology information systems department. Laura worked for Marsh & McLennan Companies and their subsidiaries for ten years. She made the very difficult task of being a successful businesswoman and loving wife and mother seem easy. Laura graduated from Nanuet High School in 1984, where she played varsity soccer and softball. Laura received her Bachelor's Degree in Management from Pace University in 1988 and her Master's Degree in Finance from Iona College in 1994. As adoring mother of William and Bryan and loving wife and best friend to Chris, Laura was a guiding light to her family. She was the cherished daughter of Kevin and Anne Marie Pettus and caring sister of Keith and Peggy Pettus. Laura was loving aunt of Rory and Grace Pettus and Brendan and Erin O'Shea. She was the adored daughter-in-law to Helen Longing and sister-in-law of Dierdre Pettus, Donna O'Shea, John O'Shea, Lorraine Longing and Anne Longing. Our memories of Laura are an inspiration. Laura had a joy for life which will live on in her sons. She loved the outdoors, camping and playing golf and softball. We will never forget how she touched our lives and put the needs of others before her own. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but she will live in our hearts forever. Our love for Laura will live on into eternity.
The following is a poem Laura sent to her sister-in-law Deirdre shortly before September 11, 2001. We feel this poem was intended for everyone Laura loved.
I Prayed for You Todayby Donna Fargo
I prayed for you today, gave thanks for your life,wished you the best, asked the heavens to blessyou with good health and happiness. I sent yougood thoughts, surrounded you with hope andfaith and love. I asked your guardian angels toprotect you and keep you safe from any harmand to blanket you with joy and contentment andpeace and prosperity.
I prayed for you today. I asked that you be guided with wisdom to make choices to enhance your lifeand the awareness to make changes that are in yourbest interest. I wished for you a storehouse ofopportunities, the ability to meet your goals, andthe joy of your own approval and acceptance.I wished for you your heart's desire, every need met,every prayer answered, and every dream come true.
I prayed for you today. I asked that you be preparedfor whatever life hands you or whatever you're goingthrough. I asked that your spirit be strong and leadyou and guide you each step of the way down the pathyou take. I asked the universe to confirm for you thatyou are someone very special. I asked the earth to begood to you, and I asked God to show you his perfect way.I prayed for you today.