Laura Noel McDonald, 55, of Williamsburg, passed away on January 2, 2018. Laura was born on September 21, 1962 in Seoul, Republic of Korea to Edgar and Jeanne Noel. She was a graduate of Stuart Hall School in Staunton, VA and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va. Laura had a devotion to history and a love for the musical “1776”. It was this love of history that brought her to what would become her lifetime work as a Historical Interpreter with Colonial Williamsburg where she spent 32 years educating guests and school children of all ages. Laura had a special love for books, both reading and hunting them down in bookstores. She enjoyed reading upon most subjects, especially historical works on Queen Elizabeth the First of England, with whom she was an expert. Laura is survived by her husband James J. McDonald of Williamsburg, VA; her parents Edgar Estes Noel and Jeanne Thompson Noel of Newport News, VA; Brother William E. Noel and his wife Michele Noel of Fredericksburg, VA (Nieces Caroline Noel, Tara Noel, and nephew Caleb Noel); Brother Norbourn W. Noel and his wife Kim Noel of Sarasota, Fl (Nieces Samantha Noel and Kate Noel); Brother-in-Law William F. McDonald of Jersey City, NJ ( Nephews Sean McDonald and Ryan McDonald of North Arlington, NJ). The family will receive family and friends at a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 13, 2018 beginning at 6:00pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laura’s name to the Williamsburg Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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