Laurie Gale Scoggins, age 66, of Phoenixville, PA, passed away peacefully after a short illness on February 18, 2023, at Phoenixville Hospital.
Born in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Laurie is predeceased by her parents, Roy F. Scoggins and Edna (Reeves) Scoggins.
She is survived by her sister, Pamela (Scoggins) Abbott, brother-in-law, Kevin D. Abbott, cousins
Kenneth S. Klaus, (Catherine), Tyler Klaus, and Theresa Reeves, her honorary aunt, Emmy Montgomery Koethe.
Laurie had a beautiful inner energy and light. She loved people and made instant connections through her warm greetings, big smiles, and heartfelt interest in getting to know them. Laurie was funny and loved to entertain through song and her many dance moves. In past times, she proudly bowled with the Spartans at the Limerick Bowling Alley. She won medals for track and bowling with Special Olympics. Laurie loved Elvis and attended many Elvis shows. She loved music of all kinds and had 100s of CDs. Her favorite artists included Michael Jackson and Adele. Laurie joyfully attended Rejoicing Spirits services where she proudly shared her beautiful singing voice. She was a loving sister and looked forward to weekly sister trips to the nail salon and favorite restaurants. Laurie’s life inspired many as captured in Visionary Voices, an oral history project that tells the story of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Disability Rights Movement. Laurie and her sister Pam’s story, and the deep love and connection they shared, inspired a storyline in the play, A Fierce Kind of Love, by Suli Holum and the song, Love is a Bridge, by Suli Holum and Christopher Colucci.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, PA, 19525. There will be Visitation time at the Church that morning starting at 10:00 AM, followed by the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. A reception luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall after the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to one of the following,
New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525,
Use the Memo line to indicate Rejoicing Spirits in memory of Laurie.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University / Media Arts and Culture programs. Checks can be mailed to:
Temple University Institutional Advancement, PO Box 2890, New York, NY 10116-2890
In the MEMO field, please add: IOD/Laurie