On May 6, 2023, Laura (Laurie) Anne Coleman Breazile Albanese passed away after a 5-year battle with cancer. She was 69.
Laurie was born March 21, 1954, in Rochelle, Ill., to Donald and Lois Coleman. She grew up on a 200-acre farm with her four siblings. Laurie often talked about life on the farm, as well as riding the neighbors’ ponies and hanging out with her childhood friends.
In 1969, Laurie’s family moved to Redlands, and Laurie graduated from Redlands High in 1972.
In 1975, Laurie married Gary Breazile on her 21st birthday. In 1981, Laurie and Gary decided to plant roots in Cherry Valley. Laurie and Gary loved the Pass area community where they raised their three daughters.
The Breaziles were active in their churches and enjoyed hosting Bible studies. Laurie and Gary both donated their time to the Beaumont Youth Baseball and Softball League, while all three of their girls played softball.
Laurie’s hobbies included baking and hosting large family parties. Her baking specialties were pies and cinnamon bread, which she loved sharing with her family, neighbors and friends on Live Oak Avenue. She even entered the cherry pie baking contest at the 1999 Cherry Festival and won. Among other likes of Laurie’s were going to the movies, concerts and laughing at a great joke.
Laurie was a compassionate and professional caregiver for many years. When Gary passed away in 2001 and with her daughters grown, Laurie decided to attend nursing school. Laurie’s family was extremely proud when she graduated.
In 2015, Laurie married Steve Albanese and they resided in Beaumont. Several years later, Laurie moved to Hermosa Beach and lived with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
Laurie will always be remembered as a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She is survived by her daughters, Belinda Breazile (Dennis), Diana Leslie (Lee) and Crystal Coleman, as well as grandchildren, Diamond, Aries, Lincoln, Dutch and Cole. Laurie is also survived by her siblings Janice Londe, Donald Coleman, Carol Harrison and Lillian Bay (Anthony), and many nieces and nephews.
Laurie was preceded in death by her first husband Gary Breazile and her parents Donald and Lois Coleman.
Memorial services will be at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside on Wednesday, May 31, at 10 a.m., with a reception immediately thereafter at Noble Creek Community Center in Beaumont.
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