August 6, 2014
A Memorial For My Sister Laura
LAURA KOSTYRA PLIMPTON
My youngest sister, and the youngest of the six Kostyra siblings, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, passed away today in Norwalk Hospital. Laura worked for me and the company for more than 25 years. For the past several years Laura edited, researched and often wrote, captioned and photographed content for this blog and The Daily Wag.
She was born on March 4, 1955. Our mother wanted to name her Dorothy, but we persuaded her to name her Laura instead. We still don’t know why we didn’t like the name Dorothy, But Laura was beloved by all as Laura.
She woke up Monday morning at 5:00 A.M. to do her daily one hour of elliptical and weight training. She made coffee for her husband Randy and they completed the New York Times crossword puzzle together. Then she took a shower and suddenly felt ill and called for Randy's help. She was rushed to the hospital where they said she had suffered a massive brain aneurysm. Laura left a living will so she was kept on life support until today so her three children could say their goodbyes, and the testing could be completed for organ donation. We are so sad but also happy that Laura had the foresight to donate so many healthy organs to needy people.
Please keep her husband Randy and her three children, Christopher Herbert, Sophie Herbert Slater and Charlie Plimpton, and two sons-in-law Timothy Long and Dan Slater, in your thoughts. Laura deserves the very best; she was an extraordinary mother, wife, and sister.
1 Laura Kostyra Plimpton at the farm in Bedford where she maintained the Blog Office. Laura helped me write The Martha Blog (themartablog.com) and The Daily Way blog, daily for me, collating photos, writing captions when I couldn't, and researching the facts to make everything accurate.
2 Laura with Martha and her daughter Sophie on my TV set. This was in celebration of our 1,000th show.
3 The Kostyra family in 1955, the year Laura was born. Top row, Frank, Martha, Eric. Next row, Kathy, Laura, Big Martha, Edward, and George
4 Another family photo when Laura was about five years old. Front row: Frank, Laura, George, Kathy. Top row: Big Martha, Little Martha, Edward.
5 Laura with Uncle Vanya II at my Turkey Hill house in Westport.
6 Beautiful Laura working in the kitchen at Turkey Hill.
7 Laura with her first husband Kim Herbert. She met him while we were catering at the Stratford Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut. He was the father of Christopher Dylan Herbert and Sophie Martha Herbert Slater. Kim died in October 1985.
8 Laura with baby Sophie while we photographed the original Pies and Tarts book
9 Laura at the beach with baby Sophie
10 Late 80s, Laura brought Sophie, Chris and her nephew Kirk to my Turkey Hill house for some summer fun.
11 Laura met Randy Plimpton while he was working on one of my books. They fell madly in love.
12 Wedding day - Laura and her husband Randy Plimpton in Cutchogue, Long Island, July 28, 1990. They had just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.
13 Laura and Randy on their honeymoon near the cliffs in Dorset, England, in August 1990.
14 Laura on their honeymoon in Ireland, 1990
15 Randy with their son Charlie.
16 Laura with Big Martha on the terrace at Turkey Hill. Laura is holding baby Charlie.
17 Laura and Randy swimming in Cutchogue, Long Island among a school of fish.
18 Chris, Charlie and Sophie, Thanksgiving, 1995, near my house in East Hampton, Long Island.
19 Easter at Turkey Hill. Sophie holds Teeny, and the photo crew is set up to film some segments
20 Laura with Big Martha
21 We celebrated Christmas in Maine at my house in Skylands. Randy, Charlie, Laura, Martha, Chris
22 Laura with Sophie at her Cooper Union Thesis Art Show in Feb 2007. Sophie's exhibit featured photographs documenting the selfless work being done at various non-profit organizations in South India for disabled and destitute children.
23 Chris and Tim's wedding - September 2010 - so proud and happy. Filled with joy.
24 Jan 18 2013 - Sophie's wedding. She wore her mom's wedding dress from her first wedding which took place New Years Eve 1979.
25 Laura was always proud of her children, and said that they were her greatest accomplishment. Here are her three kids, Charlie, Sophie and Chris
26 Laura was beloved by the dogs at the farm. Here she is holding Francesca, one of my French Bulldogs, who is dressed for Halloween.
27 On Friday, Laura sat for a bit in the sun while gathering facts from Ryan, the head gardener, for an upcoming blog. Ryan says she was especially jovial that day.
28 Laura Kostyra Plimpton 1955 - 2014