Laura Whitt Rosenbaum, 63, a wayfarer of the shores of North Carolina to the desert of Arizona and back again, passed away on August 9, 2021.
Laura, known as Laurie to her friends and family, was born in November as a Sagittarius to Ronald and Jean Whitt in the Piedmont county of Forysth, North Carolina. Laurie was an award-winning majorette and one of the first female fire inspectors in the state. Her passion and skills also led to a successful career in breeding and handling Great Danes that she would later transform into a global product company for pets. Songs that Laurie loved are beacons for understanding her unique balancing of a brave entrepreneur to a graceful and doting mother. Fleetwood Mac’s “Gyspy” and Dolly Parton’s “I Am Ready” remind us of the child she would always be and making sure that the love of her children was always known. In contrast, songs like “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum highlighted her desire to constantly forge ahead and live life in hopes of capturing and sharing something special with her family and in herself.
Laurie loved Jesus, Calabash seafood, Elvis, her many pet dogs and chickens, the warm weather of Scottsdale, the crashing waves of Surf City, planning for a rainy day, gardening, politics, and developing digital ventures. She was exceptional.
In 1998, she met Dennis Rosenbaum, her soulmate and business partner. Both in their second marriage found a passion for work and life, and embraced this next part of their experience on this earth as equals. Together, they embarked on numerous exciting business opportunities which took them from Arizona to North Carolina, and into the new digital frontier.
To her children, Laurie was a fierce supporter of their hopes, dreams, and passions. The nature of her majorette days and cheering never stopped as she transformed into our biggest cheerleader. As a mother, Laurie gifted her children with unconditional caring and treated each as unique, and encouraged them to find their path, lead, and always be accepting of the world’s different views. Her babies Sarah, Ben, Austin, and Corbin pledge never to forget her endless love and affection. We promise that your love will endure and stories about you are told to your grandchildren and that the same incontrovertible devotion to them is passed on through your example.
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