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In Memory of

Laura Ann Sirmons

May 16, 1967 - May 3, 2017

Obituary


Laura Ann Sirmons passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the age of 49. She left us too soon, but is now in a beautiful place, where there is no pain or suffering.

Laura was born on May 16, 1967 in Houston, Texas to Oliver Kelton and Eldera Garner Sirmons. Dance was her life and she was truly gifted. She entered the dance world at the age of 3. As a young child, she earned a coveted spot as a cast member for Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker two years...

Laura Ann Sirmons passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the age of 49. She left us too soon, but is now in a beautiful place, where there is no pain or suffering.

Laura was born on May 16, 1967 in Houston, Texas to Oliver Kelton and Eldera Garner Sirmons. Dance was her life and she was truly gifted. She entered the dance world at the age of 3. As a young child, she earned a coveted spot as a cast member for Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker two years running (she held the roles of Ginger Child and Rabbit). Throughout the years, she performed in numerous productions with Banbury School of Dance and held many lead roles. In Middle School and High School, she performed in the Dance Arts Company of Houston, earned Summer scholarships in dance and choreography from Boston Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and spent summers in New York City and California taking Master Classes. She was an assistant dance teacher, then later, a full-time dance instructor with Banbury School of Dance and Herzog Dance.

She was a member of the first graduating class at Fort Bend ISD's William P. Clements High School in 1985. Years later, she returned to school, attending Galveston College. After many hours of study, in May 2014, she successfully achieved certification in Medical Coding. She earned a two-year Medical Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with a GPA of 3.3. She was a resident of the Houston area all her life and lived in Galveston for the last 14 years. She was engaged to Darwyn Cochran, and they lived together in an adorable blue craftsman bungalow on Galveston Island.

Laura faced many challenges in her life, but always had a heart of gold and loved her family. She lived life to the fullest, with the spirit and passion of her Irish heritage. She was known as a firecracker.

After struggling with a serious illness, she departed this life to join her parents in heaven. She leaves behind her fiancé, Darwyn Cochran; sister, Linda Ruth de Vega (husband Hector); nephews Sean David de Vega and Ryan Paul de Vega (wife Megan); niece Jennifer de Vega Haines (husband Paul) and great nieces, Isabella Loren de Vega, Sophia Danielle de Vega, Evelyn Dawn Haines and Elise Morgen Haines.

A Remembrance Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the home of her sister, Linda de Vega, 6619 Crown Oak Court, Richmond, Texas 77469.

Condolences may be submitted to Earthman Southwest Funeral Home's website at dignitymemorial.com/earthman-southwest-funeral-home/en-us. Those wishing to make a tribute donation in her honor, please contact Houston Hospice (houstonhospice.org).

Laura's family wishes to express their gratitude for the care and compassion provided by the staff at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston and Houston Hospice in Houston during her last days.