Obit: Laurel Steinhice

Obit: Laurel Steinhice

May 18th, 2011 in Obituaries
Location: Tennessee

NASHVILLE Laurel Coleman Steinhice crossed into Eternal Light on Friday, May 13, 2011, at her home in Nashville.Born Feb. 3, 1936, in Chattanooga, as a teenager she was among the few American dependents to endure the hardships of the Berlin Airlift (1948-49). Later, at Peabody College, she met and married Bill Steinhice; they moved to Chattanooga in 1954. She managed the Hixson Pike Fire Department and was active in civic and political affairs as well as the Eastern Star and Ladies Shrine.After her husbands death in 1977, she moved to Nashville. She ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. She spent her later years as a psychic counselor, spirit channel, Reiki master, and teacher of natural healing, and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Churches of St. Thomas in America. Her published works include "Marion", a biography of her mother, and "Marions Child", a memoir of her own youth, and several metaphysical books, most recently "Klaus Dona: Digging for Answers, Finding More Questions". With her son Charles she co-authored "No Denial", photos of the liberation of concentration camps accompanied by the original captions written by her mother. In 2009, she was a speaker at the Alliiertenmuseum (Allied Museum) in Berlin at the opening of their exhibition about her mothers tenure in the U.S. occupational government. But Laurel was proudest of her role as a wife and mother.She was preceded in death by parents, Marion Skeen Coleman Peck and Walter Welch Coleman; husband, Francis Carroll "Bill" Steinhice; and son, David Christopher Steinhice.She is survived by half-sister, Phyllis Adams, of Portland, Ore.; half-brothers, John Coleman and Walter Coleman Jr., both of Springville, Ala.; daughters, Jessica Lynne (Bruce) Mathews, of Stanley, Va., and Marion Eileen Steinhice, of Nashville; son, Charles Carroll (Linda Matthews) Steinhice, of Chattanooga; granddaughters, Ansley Marie Steinhice and Rebecca Ann Steinhice, of Chattanooga; and grandson, Eric Timothy Mathews, of Stanley, Va.A Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 5 p.m. at West Harpeth Funeral Home.Visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 4 -8p.m. at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, 615-352-9400, afamilylegacy.com.


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