Laurel “Laurie” Lee Sessions, 85 of Prudenville passed away on Friday, February 10, 2023 at her home surrounded by her loving family and her devoted dog Scottie.
Laurie was born on December 13, 1937 in Perry, Michigan to Carl and Virginia Morning (Pace) Colister. After high school, she moved to Saginaw where she met the love of her life, Gerald Sessions. They were married on March 11, 1961 at the First Congregational Church in Saginaw, MI. She graduated from cosmetology school doing cosmetology on and off throughout her life. She was often a model at Jacobson’s and Hudson’s department stores for Saginaw fashion shows. She also worked as an Office Assistant for a Pulmonary Specialist. Laurie was a co-owner of their family business in Saginaw, Sessions Building & Remodeling. Years later they became full-time residents of Prudenville and renamed the business to House Doctor.
Laurie was a devoted animal advocate and loved nature, especially birds. As an artist she would frequently study the creativity of the sky and clouds. She was such a caring person she took great caution to never harm any of God’s creatures. Laurie was an active member of the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church where she was a faithful member of the church & bell choir for many years. Her love of music led her to sing and travel with the Michigan/Ohio Christian Concert Choir for several years and the Roscommon Christian Choir. Laurie was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Bethlehem Chapter #103, past Queen of the Daughters of the Nile Temple #99 and Houghton-Higgins Lake BPO Does. She also enjoyed being a member of the Red Hats. Laurie was an accomplished artist throughout her life. Her most noted works are oil paintings of nature and animals. She did exceptional needlepoint and was a life-long quilter. Her focus was always about the beauty of nature and God’s small creatures. Laurie enjoyed adult coloring books for many years.
Surviving Laurie are her children; Susan (David) Seaford, Karen (David) Swiler, Gerald R. Sessions, Patricia (Brian) Lambert. Grandchildren; Ryan (Jessica) Seaford, Andrew (Melissa) Seaford, Jeffrey (Elisza) Lambert, Jenny (Gordon) Boozan and Joshua Hood. Great Grandchildren; Hannah, Victor, Jax, Jude, Beckham and Greyson. Special sisters-in-laws, Dianne Colister and Carole Converse (Don Converse). Many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Laurie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gerald Eugene Sessions; Her parents Carl and Virginia Colister, and her siblings; Margaret Colister, Barbara Hartwell, Beverly Arnold, Linn Colister and David Colister.
A Memorial Service will be held for Laurie Sessions on Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church at 11:00 am (luncheon to follow) with Pastor Kevin Harbin officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Memorial contributions In memory of Laurie Sessions are asked to be directed to A.R.K/Association to Rescue Kritters, 3878 S Maple Valley Rd, St Helen, MI 48656. Interment will be at Denton Township Cemetery in the Spring of 2023.
Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.christler-holdship.com