March 26, 2022

A Tribute to Laura Acuna

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Laura Acuna.

Laura retired as my housekeeper in 2018 after 32-years. If you follow this blog regularly, I am sure many of you remember her. In whatever role she took on she stood apart as someone special. Over the years, Laura created many of the gorgeous holiday settings in my homes - every one of them different and every one of them beautiful. She set amazing tables for my parties and dinners - carefully selecting each plate and folding each napkin. During warmer months, when I welcomed select groups for tours of my gardens, Laura prepared the most delicious pomegranate tea - and lots of it because guests always came back for more. Laura picked flowers and made the most delightful arrangements. She picked many of the fruits and harvested buckets of vegetables. And she loved my pets - she was often seen walking my dogs, grooming my cats, and talking sweetly to my canaries. Her presence is felt everywhere here at my farm. We will miss her zest for life, her talents and skills, her humor, and her contagious smile. Laura was a genuinely warm individual, a loving wife, a caring mother and grandmother, and our great friend. Our thoughts are with her husband Victor, her children Laura and Daniel, her sister Maria, her grandchildren, and all those who loved her so dearly.

Here are just some of the photos I've gathered of Laura, enjoy.