Laura Mae McGoon O'Steen, age 93, of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Slidell. Laura was born in Miami, Florida, on August 9, 1928 to Douglas Osborne McGoon and Mary Chapel McGoon. She attended high school in Miami Springs, Florida and graduated in 1946. She kept up correspondence over many years with fellow Miami High classmates via the Stingaree Newsletter.
Laura went on to earn a degree in interior design from the University of Florida, where she entered original artwork in competitions and contributed designs to the school's Seminole yearbook. She served in student government and was a member of Phi Mu sorority, earning membership in Phi Kappa Phi and graduating magna cum laude in 1950.
Laura was married to Harry Robert O`Steen from 1950 until his death in 1997. She worked as an interior decorator, illustrator, and artist until the birth of her children. Later in life she enjoyed all the casinos had to offer, cooking, and feeding and identifying the variety of bird species through the seasons in her garden.
Laura Mae is survived by her three daughters, Mary Lucille O'Steen Doerner of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Diane O'Steen Harrelson (spouse, Clay) of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and Patricia Clair O'Steen Robertson of Alpharetta, Georgia. Laura's grandchildren include Christopher Robert Doerner (spouse, Holly) of Garner, North Carolina, Julie Doerner Watson (spouse, Tyler) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Laura Marie Harrelson of New Orleans, David Harrelson of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and Andrew Beaux Robertson of Alpharetta, Georgia. Her great-grandchildren include Amelia Frances Watson and Avery Grace Watson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Cameron Crowe, Colin Crowe, Stephen Cole Doerner, and Heidi Katherine Doerner of Garner, North Carolina.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Audubon Society.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to her caregivers, Alfred Evans and Brenda Carter for all the love and attention they gave our mother.
We understand that there are many questions that arise when a death occurs. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions you may have and provide direction. Please call us directly at the funeral home if you require immediate assistance.