Laura Longing
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 Today
by Donna Fargo

I prayed for you today, gave thanks for your life,
wished you the best, asked the heavens to bless
you with good health and happiness. I sent you
good thoughts, surrounded you with hope and
faith and love. I asked your guardian angels to
protect you and keep you safe from any harm
and to blanket you with joy and contentment and
peace and prosperity.

I prayed for you today. I asked that you be guided
with wisdom to make choices to enhance your life
and the awareness to make changes that are in your
best interest. I wished for you a storehouse of
opportunities, the ability to meet your goals, and
the 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 prepared
for whatever life hands you or whatever you're going
through. I asked that your spirit be strong and lead
you and guide you each step of the way down the path
you take. I asked the universe to confirm for you that
you are someone very special. I asked the earth to be
good to you, and I asked God to show you his perfect way.
I prayed for you today.

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Hi Laura. It's been too many years that you perished in the Towers on 9/11. I miss your laugh and friendship.I think of you all the time, remembering all the good times we shared in so many family gatherings.Especially the last one we saw you the past Labor Day Weekend where we had our first Lennon family reunion.And may God and the Angels hold you in the Palm of his Hands forever.
Mary Anne Hannigan, Family
Sep 8 2013 3:17PM
I have been honoured to post my Facebook status in your memory. R.I.P. Laura
Jan sabella, Friend
Sep 11 2012 10:40AM
Hi Laura, Hard to believe it's been 10 years already. I was looking through old albums and found the pictures of you, me, Shirley, Marian and Janet. I can't believe you and Shirley are both gone. I think of you often and about how Chris and your boys are doing. I'm sure they know you are watching over them. Cathy
Cathy Incandela, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 4:21PM
My husband and I were priviledged to ride across country on the 10 year anniversary, with Laura's memorial card in the windshield. Passing through many states and over 1300 miles. Laura and her family were in our thoughts and prayers on the Americas 911 ride 2011. My husband a retired veteran shared Laura's name with so many during our travel. What a beautiful smile, God has blessed you with Laura. Paul & Tina
Tina Demou DPM, Friend
Sep 11 2011 11:33AM
Bristol, RI, celebrated the July 4th with the longest, oldest, 226th parade. Somewhere along the route, a basket of flags was set for the taking. Written on each flag was the name of a lost loved one in the 911 attacks. My flag had Laura's name. Her picture shows a warm smile; your comments show a loving, caring, well-accomplished women. Well done, good and faithful one. You are remembered today with prayers for those you left behind. Blessings!
Ann Marie Clarkson, Friend
Jul 4 2011 11:24PM
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