AAAWM Mourns Loss of Laurie Egeland, Longtime Employee
On November 7, 2015, Laurie Day Egeland RN, AAAWM RN Manager, passed away. Laurie had been at the agency for over 18 years where she worked quietly behind the scenes to help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live in their own homes. Supervising a team of 24 Registered Nurses, Laurie helped to build the Care Management program into what it is today. Over the last year, Laurie spearheaded the effort for CARF accreditation (a prestigious international accreditation) and secured this distinction for the agency. Her efforts over the last 18 years have helped position the agency as a leader in home and community based programs in our community and in the state.
But more than that, Laurie was a cheerful presence who regularly had a smile on her face. She was passionate about people and stated that her favorite part of her job was the people she worked with. She had a kind heart and was a known dog lover around the office. As a supervisor, she always made her staff feel supported and cared for. As a co-worker, Laurie was known for both her dedication and her compassion for others. Laurie was married to her best friend Eric for 34 years and they enjoyed traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
The family has encouraged people to consider making a donation in her memory to Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan or to the Humane Society of West Michigan. For more information on how to donate to AAAWM, click here.
For more information, including memorial service details, visit http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=laurie-j-day-egeland&pid=176470139