Laurie Renner Walters, ’60 - Medical and Health Leadership
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Laurie Renner Walters has so many wonderful memories of her days at Incarnate that it's difficult to list them all in the space provided. Her "shorthand” way of expressing her feelings about her years at IWA is to say that her greatest accomplishment was "keeping up with a full schedule of classes, homework, and extracurricular activities … and LOVING every minute of it. Marian Choristers with Sr. Mary Francis was a real joy (I still remember to "project” when singing in Church today), and being co-captain of the cheerleaders with Cathy Roe in 1960 was so exciting. We cheered our hearts out for our volleyball and basketball teams with laughter and tears.” Laurie values that time of growing friendships and growing awareness of her abilities and responsibilities as one of the most important chapters in her life and the source of her commitment to being of service to her family and community. After leaving IWA, she graduated from Webster University and began a career that included parochial elementary school teacher, social worker, government employee and finally an insurance agent and broker in her husband's insurance agency. In her "free” time, Laurie was an active member of the Florissant Valley Jaycees Wives club, where she held most offices, chaired many committees, and received the organization's Outstanding Woman of the Year award. She has been an active member of Sigma Alpha Sorority for 35 years, holding most local and regional offices and raising money for Heartspring, a cutting-edge school for special children. She has served on the school board of her parish, and on IWA's Alumnae Association Board, making hundreds of phone calls for the annual Phonathon. She's also served as member, officer, and newsletter editor of the Down Syndrome Association, and was involved in the Special Olympics and Florissant Valley Spirit League when her own son became involved in those sporting events. Since 1966, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Village of the Blue Rose, a village where adults with special needs can live and work in a Christian environment. She presently serves as Secretary of the Village's board and is involved in all fundraisers to support the Village, which receives no state or federal funding. She says she is best known as "the bread lady” because she picks up and wraps bread donated to charity, which benefits the Village of the Blue Rose, local food pantries, and other non-profits. IWA, as well as the family and friends who influenced Laurie throughout her life, can certainly be proud of the way this Woman of the Word accepted the challenge to be of service to others.