Laura Elrod Storseth, 91, of Amarillo, Texas died December 15, 2020, from complications from COVID-19. A private family service will be held Monday, December 21, 2020, at 3:00 pm in Llano Cemetery.
Laura was born on November 17, 1929, in Floydada, Texas to Carrie Ballard and Chester Hood Elrod. She was the youngest of the three beautiful Elrod sisters. Laura graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948 and attended West Texas State University from 1948 to 1951. On May 22, 1953, she married the love of her life, Don Storseth.
Laura was a talented artist, amazing cook, accomplished seamstress, and loved to entertain. She was very kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was active in the Amarillo Symphony Guild, the Amarillo Art Alliance, and a docent with the Amarillo Museum of Art for several years. Laura was also active in her children’s activities; carpooling kids to tennis and golf matches, judging UIL competitions for 12 years, and attending all of their varied sporting and extracurricular activities. Her husband and children were the most important part of her life. She and Don traveled the world for his business and made a point of bringing their children whenever possible.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Jesse and Ray Storseth; son-in-law, L. Dennis Dougherty; two sisters, Shirley Hughes and Patsy Parton; eight brothers-in-law, John, Robert, Bill, Eddie, S.L., and Jerry Storseth, Danny Olivier and Tommy Hughes; and five sisters-in-law; Jean, Sunny, Gail, and Marjorie Storseth and Gladys Olivier.
Survivors include her daughter, Tracy Dougherty; son, Clay Storseth and husband Nick Salamone; three grandchildren, Caitlin Dougherty Munoz and husband Sergio of Denver Colorado, Matthew Dougherty of Chicago, Illinois, and Christopher Dougherty of Boulder, Colorado; two great-grandsons, Diego and Marcos Munoz; a brother-in-law, Jeff Parton of Marin County, California; a sister-in-law, Kay Storseth of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wish to thank the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who cared for Laura, especially Paty Rodriguez, Melody Turner, Monique Pantoja, Lisa Hood, and Rebecca Bradford. Along with the staff at BSA Hospital, The Sycamore, and The Arbors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the L. Dennis Dougherty Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the Amarillo College Foundation, P.O. Box 447, Amarillo, TX, 79178.