Janine Laurie, with her infectious smile that lit up a room, had a zest for life, her fiancé Kevin Marion said.
“You could be at your lowest of lows and she raised you up with her caring and loving,” Marion said.
Strong in faith, Laurie and Marion attended two weekly bible classes and Sunday services together.
“She was a positive person and she knew that everything that happened in her life happened for a reason,” Marion said. “She came back into my life when I was at my weakest.”
Laurie was Marion’s first girlfriend at age 14. The two met at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights while he was “showing off at the pool.”
When Marion joined the Army, they went their separate ways, marrying others but later reconnected through Facebook.
“There was no doubt in my mind that God brought us together for her to be there for me and me to be there for her final days,” Marion said. “She had faith the size of a pumpkin seed because her faith was so strong even while she was sick and in the hospital.”
Marion said Laurie was a “trooper” while battling cancer.
Laurie loved gardening in their Crown Point home with its attached greenhouse.
“Gardening was her thing,” Marion said. “I would help her weed and she was the planter.”
Laurie enjoyed her job as an Employee Training Coordinator for Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Merrillville. She worked for the company 17 years starting as a server In Matteson Illinois.
Marion said he will miss everything about his fiancée.
“I’ve never experienced true unconditional love like I did with Janine,” he said. “In two years we never had an argument. We respected each other and loved each other. I know she is watching over me and is here. She has changed my life. She is my inspiration.”