Obituary of Laura Joan Boursinos
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Laura Joan “Jo” Boursinos, 58, of Fairmont, passed away Monday, August 7, 2023, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born July 23, 1965, in Santa Monica, CA, a daughter of Sandra Ragland and the late Sam Ragland. Ever an original, Laura loved socks but only if they were fluffy or holiday themed. Otherwise, she’d rather be barefoot. She was one of the few people on Earth who actually enjoyed eating candy corn and preferred her Easter peeps to be extra crunchy and ate them in early June or later. Laura was never, NEVER without her nose in a book. And while she would read almost anything, she had an affinity for Stephen King and James Patterson. She could complete a crossword puzzle lickity split and would probably kick your butt in Jeopardy. For better or worse, Laura was a diehard fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians (don’t even try to change the name or she would give you serious side eye). Even though she was a self-professed tomboy who loved the feeling of the wind in her long, beachy blonde hair as she rode on the back of a motorcycle and “head banging” to hard rock music, she adored Hello Kitty and anything sparkly. Speaking of the beach, that was her happy place. Along with her family’s land in the hills of West Virginia which is where she requested to be laid to rest beneath the trees. Laura would have really liked that her family took all the unopened shelf-stable food from her home and stocked blessing boxes around Fairmont because that’s the kind of person she was. She was someone who understood struggle and strife intimately. She went through battles with her own demons but rose above them to become a chemical dependency counselor to help young men who also struggled with alcoholism and addiction for a time. She supported other women who went through domestic abuse. She lent a listening ear to anyone who was having a rough day and was the kind of person who would bring a sandwich to a person panhandling on the street. As generous as she was, she was equally as full of sass when she felt it was required, which was often. When she got sick in July, she fought hard because, despite being physically disabled and in great pain, she had a zest for life. Laura spent her last two years soaking in time with her grandchildren and having fun with her friends in her apartment community whether it was a movie night, a book club, or a tailgate party. She was usually the one cooking! In addition to her mother, Laura is also survived by her children, Tiffany Dixon and her husband Garth and Spyro “Nick” Boursinos and his wife Kelsey; grandchildren, Conley, Rollins, Eleanor, and Emilia; siblings, Dan Ragland and his wife Jodie and Deborah Brewer and her husband Ray. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Marion County Public Library at 321 Monroe Street Fairmont, WV 26554. Please include on the memo line: In memory of Laura “Jo” Boursinos. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023, beginning 1:30 p.m. at LIFE United Methodist Church, 3000 Technology Drive, Fairmont, WV 26505. In keeping with her wishes, cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Hastings Funeral Home. The family encourages friends to share fond memories of Laura and online condolences at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.