CARROLTON, Ga. — Laura S. Borland, almost age 96, was a resident at Cottage Landing Assisted Living in Carrollton Ga. for the past 5 years when she passed away there on Jan. 25, 2010. She was born Laura Helen Styn in Eden, N.Y. on February 5, 1914, and spent most of her life with her family in Syracuse and Lake Pleasant, Florida and Colorado. Some of her most memorable events and accomplishments are recorded in the joint autobiography she co-authored with her husband Leslie, titled “Great Moments from Two Lives.”
Laura was a graduate of Hamburg High school where she was a charter member of the newly organized National Honor Society. In 1933, at age 19, she graduated from New York State College for Teachers at Albany where she was honored for her extracurricular activities. She accepted a position as business teacher and guidance counselor at Walden High School near Newburgh. In later years she taught business courses at Westhill High School, Syracuse, from which she retired in 1972. After Laura’s husband Leslie retired in 1972, they traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Volunteerism was an important part of Laura’s life, especially in the churches wherever she lived. She was a member of the Methodist Church since 1941, and was awarded a life membership in the Women’s Society for her Christian service. She attended Tabernacle Baptist in Carrollton, Ga. the past five years. When her two children were Scouts, she was actively associated with both the Boy and Girl Scouts. An unusual contribution was her participation in a co-ed Scouting and Camp Fire Girls camping experience at Camp Askenonta on Lake Placid. Probably her most exciting volunteer experience was working with the international press at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
Her hobbies included gardening, snow skiing, bridge, ballroom dancing, crafts, reading, and in later years, oil painting. Most of her paintings were of Adirondack scenes, and she sold many of these to local and seasonal residents in Hamilton County. She participated in several art shows in Speculator, and served as corresponding secretary of the Lake Pleasant Sacandaga Association for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Leslie Borland, Sr. , 98; a son, Leslie, Jr. “Lee” and wife Judi of Villa Rica, Ga. and Speculator; a daughter, Lois and husband Arnie Hart of Polson, Mt.; five grandsons: Christopher and wife Mary Hart of Breckenridge, Colo., Richard and wife Leslie Hart of Erie, Colo., Mark and wife Susan Borland of Douglasville, Ga., William and wife Marge Borland of Lake Placid and David and wife Tammie Borland of West Sand Lake; and seven great-grandchildren: Nicholas Hart of Erie, Colo., Julia and Laura Borland of Douglasville, Ga., Candice and Megan Borland of Lake Placid and Jacquelyn and Adam Borland of West Sand Lake.
After cremation, a memorial service was held at Cottage Landing in Carrollton, Ga. on her birthday, Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Internment will be in the summer at the convenience of the family in Airdwood Cemetery in Lake Pleasant.
Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Adirondack Museum, P.O. Box 99, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.