Laurel welcomed everyone to her place, despite having to commute a rather long distance from Tulsa where she lived. An estimated 7,000 a year visited and she also had a popular blog spot about the road.
She died at age 69 on Jan. 28, 2016.
Her Route 66 interest grew out of her passion for old postcards which led to a family road trip in 1997 where they went the whole length of the Mother Road in a 1957 Packard. She and her husband decided to retire to Oklahoma after that.
They lived in Darien, Connecticut, before that. Their home was the oldest structure in town, built in 1705.
Her daughter Sarah lives in Evanston, Illinois. A celebration of life will be held this spring.
Route 66 News has an excellent account of her life and an interview.
I remember we bought David Wickline's "Images of 66" book at her place and had people sign pictures the rest of out trip on Route 66.
This will be a smiling face that will be greatly missed, but will be long remembered among us Roadies.