Laura Lee Hamilton, age 66, died on February 22, 2019, of cancer and other complications at the Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mason City, Iowa. Laura was born on January 26, 1953 in Charles City, Iowa, to parents, John W. and Jean E. Hamilton. She graduated from Britt High School in Britt, Iowa; received her B.A. in physical education from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa; earned her M.S. in recreation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois; and kept her Certificate of Therapeutic Recreation Specialist current throughout her career. Laura lived and worked in several states, most recently Waterloo, Iowa. She spent most of her adult life as a recreational therapist, where she made a positive difference in the lives of countless adults and seniors through creative, healthy activities, never hesitating to take the time to listen to anyone who needed a friend. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, creating beautiful ceramics, and putting puzzles together. Perhaps most of all, she loved dogs, and always had a beloved companion that she was very devoted to. Laura was a caring friend, and a loving sister and aunt, and she will be deeply missed. Laura is survived by siblings: Tim (Karen) Hamilton, Nancy Spiess, and Colleen Hamilton; nephews: Tory (Eva) Spiess and Jahan Hamilton; nieces: Tanya (Dane) Larson and Anjali Hamilton; two great-nieces and two great-nephews; cousins; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law: Terry Spiess and Gary Swartz. A celebration of Lauras life will be held sometime in the spring. Arrangements for the family are being handled by Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapels in Mason City, Iowa. Memorials in her honor may be directed to your local animal shelter.