Laura “Laurie” Goodson Glasgow went to be with her Lord on Nov. 9.
The daughter of James Butler Goodson and Molly Barnes Goodson, Laurie was born in Dallas on Feb. 21, 1951. Laurie graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969. After attending Stratford College in Danville, Va., Laurie transferred to University of Texas where she graduated with a degree in art history. At UT, Laurie pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma, making many lifelong friends. After college, Laurie married Steve Owen, with whom she had three cherished children – Steve, Molly, and Sam.
She was a member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, the Junior League of Dallas, the Founders Garden Club, and Wednesday afternoon bible study. However, her deepest interests were in her home, family, friends, and faith. Laurie’s Christian faith deepened throughout her life. She endeavored to follow the course laid out in Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” She adored her children and had a special way of looking for the best in them and their friends.
Laurie brought her impeccable sense of style and taste to all that she did. A natural born nester with the gift of hospitality, Laurie’s love of cooking, decorating, and gardening – a special passion for roses – made her home a welcoming and inviting place for family and friends. Laurie’s countless friends treasured her generous nature, loyalty, and sense of humor. Laurie loved children and for years taught at University Park United Methodist Church Weekday School and Providence Christian School. Near the end of her life, she was greatly touched by the many books donated in her honor at Providence.
On July 3, 1999, Laurie married Hank Glasgow, her true soulmate and a gift from God. In March of 2008, Laurie was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a degenerative neurological disorder. In facing this challenge with the help of her devoted husband, family, and many friends, Laurie’s strength, character, dignity, and ever-deepening faith was never more apparent. Her complete trust in her husband Hank and in the Lord have been a powerful witness to her willingness to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Laurie’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to Anita Martinez, Vilma Riviera, Norma Ramirez, and especially Ana Galdamez for their exceptional compassion and graciousness in caring for Laurie in her final days. Her family also thanks her devoted friends, who have provided invaluable support with their companionship, food, prayers, and innumerable kindnesses.
Laurie is survived by her husband Hank, her parents Molly and Jim Goodson, son Steve Owen, son Sam Owen, daughter Molly Soper and her husband Steven, and granddaughter Mary Laura Soper; sister Liza Nichols and her husband Rusty, brothers Jim Goodson, Tom Goodson and wife Wylly, nephews and nieces Jason Nichols and wife Leslie, Will Nichols, Liza Goodson, Henry Goodson, and Claire Goodson and mother Jessica Wren; stepchildren Martha Glasgow Greenberg and husband Steve and daughter Kate, Hank Glasgow Jr. and wife Jordan, and Bo Glasgow; sister-in-law Marty Glasgow Cooley and husband Wayne, daughter Beth Cooley Glasgow and husband Brandon, and son Daniel Cooley and wife Gloria and daughter Eleanor; sister-in-law Bonnie Glasgow and daughter Michelle Hopper and husband Austin and their children, Thomas and Margaret.
A memorial service was held in the sanctuary of Park Cities Presbyterian Church on Nov. 11. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Laurie Glasgow to the Think Ahead Group at the Center for BrainHealth:
Center for BrainHealth ATTN: TAG 2200 Mockingbird Lane Dallas, Texas 75235.