WOOD, LAURA LEE, 1963-2021, passed away at the age of 57 on September 5th, 2021. Laura was a devoted wife, stepmom, sister, aunt, friend, ‘Nanny’ and ‘Mama.’
A third-generation Miamian, Laura graduated from Westminster Christian and later attended Georgia Southern University and Barry University. In 1987, she joined the Miami-Dade Police Department. Laura loved her career as much as she loved helping others. She was often moved to the more challenging assignments due to her organizational skills, composure, and keen ability to connect with people. She rose steadily through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2004. After 28 years of dedicated service, she retired in 2017 and spent her final years listening and dancing to country music with her wife Carolina in St. Augustine.
When she wasn’t serving the community, she could be found on a golf course (yelling “fore”), watching University of Miami football, at a Miami Dolphin fan support group (no explanation needed), at a poker table (mumbling “rebuy”), or by the pool listening to 101.5 (whether you liked it or not). More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Laura’s laugh was as big as her heart, and her quick wit, compassion, and wisdom will be sorely missed. She touched our lives and made us all better people by what she did and how she lived and loved. Her spirit will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends.
Laura is survived by her loving wife Carolina; stepchildren Alain (and his wife, Gigi), Andrea, and Adrian Bonvecchio; sisters Kitty Wood and Lynn Wood Hart (and her husband, Brian); she was the favorite aunt of Mark Hart (and his wife, Francie), Ryan Wood, Charles Wood (and his wife, Jen), Michael Hart, Molly Hart, Hugh Wood III, and Ashton Wood; and Uncle Thomas D. Wood (and his wife, Virginia) and many cousins. She holds a special place in the hearts of her grandchildren, Liam, Mila, and Luca Bonvecchio, and her grand nephews and nieces, Christopher, Madison, Mckenzie and Kendall Wood, and Brian Hart. She is preceded in death by her parents, Molly and Hugh L. Wood, Sr., and her brother, Hugh Lee Wood, Jr.
A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Stanfill Funeral Home. A private funeral service will be held following the memorial. Please consider a donation in her name to the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) 1030 NW 111 Ave., #232, Miami, FL 33172.
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