September 14, 1974 ~ March 31, 2021

Born in: St. Catherine , Jamaica
Resided in: Snellville, GA

Dr. Laurie Ann Douglas (DNP, APRN, NP-C), 46, passed away on March 31, 2021, after a brief illness.

Laurie Ann was born on September 14, 1974 to Sophia Johnson and Lloyd Douglas in St. Catherine, Jamaica. After graduating from High School, she migrated to Atlanta, GA in 1991.

Her passion for people and education led to a meaningful and enriching career as a healthcare professional. She earned multiple degrees from Georgia State University including a B.S. in Kinesiology and BSN. She also earned her a MSN and rounded out her studies by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Augusta University in May 2017. She was employed at Emory University Hospital (EUH) for twenty years where she most recently held the role of EUH Education/Residency Program Coordinator, onboarding, and mentoring hundreds of nurse residents over the years.

Laurie Ann is survived by husband Dale McLeish, parents Sophia Johnson and Lloyd Douglas, Stepfather Keith McDonald, grandmother Ivy Forrest, sisters Kamla Douglas and Kasia McDonald, brothers Kirk Douglas and Corey Rainford. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and others whose lives Laurie Ann touched.

Private memorial service will be held at Wages and Sons in Stone Mountain at 2:00pm on April 10, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to a childhood school in Jamaica.

Laurie-Ann Douglas-McLeish Celebration of Life Live Stream from Essence of Life Video on Vimeo.


Funeral Service: April 10, 2021 2:00 pm - April 10, 2021 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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  1. CandleImageI’m so grateful for our friendship and am proud to have worked beside you for 20 years. I love you BFF and I’ll miss you every day.
    My prayers are with your husband and your family.
    Rest easy❤️
    Jones, BFF

  2. CandleImageA butterfly lights besides us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belongs to the world. But then it flies again; and though we wish it could have stayed; we feel luck to have seen it. As I pondered what to write this poem captured my thoughts. It was such an honor and privilege to work with you and be a colleague. Your knowledge, passion and compassion was a gift to us all. I will miss you; however, I will carry you in my heart.
    My prayers for your family and friends who loved and cared so deeply for you.
    Rest in Peace,

  3. CandleImageLaurie-Ann My Daylily
    A poem for LA

    Like the daylily you were our ‘ beauty for a day’. You came to us in the morning and said goodbye by nightfall. Your spirit shined so bright, your heart was light, you were able to touch all those who were part of your life.
    Like the daylily you will bloom again and your inner beauty will never end. To heaven you ascend where our Father’s embrace awaits our beautiful friend.
    Laurie-Ann a rare beauty that visited us for a day and stole our heats forever

    Barbara Rolin

    I will miss you my friend but we will meet again

  4. To my friend who we taught each other for the years we worked together. With all that we went through together I appreciate every moment. You are a strong black beautiful woman and I will miss you. Now it’s time to spread your wings and fly. I will never forget you!

  5. CandleImageI am so grateful our paths crossed in this life and we got to work closely together and get to know each other over the last couple of years. Your passion for nursing was contagious. I learned so much from you. You will be forever missed my friend. May you rest in peace. Til we meet again:)
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God give them peace and comfort.

  6. CandleImageSince my very first day as a nurse resident, I have been in awe of your knowledge and compassion. You are truly one of a kind and your impact on those around you will live on forever. Rest in peace LA.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. What an accomplished young woman she was. Gone way too soon. May God give her family and friends comfort and strength. I have always held onto these words closely in times of loss: 2Cor.1:3, 4 & Rev. 21:3, 4

  8. Thank you Laurie-Ann for your leadership and all the gifts you have left with Emory Nurses everywhere. Peace to all.

  9. CandleImageI am deeply saddened to learn of Laurie-Ann’s passing. She was genuinely an amazing person and I am so fortunate to have know her on a personal level. She will truly be missed and never forgotten. My condolences to the entire family.

  10. CandleImageLaurie Ann had such a beautiful spirit. She would never hesitate to go out of her way to answer my phone calls and questions when I first started at EUHM. She was resourceful, kind and just an all around great person. I enjoyed the time spent with her working with my New Graduate Nurses. She will be missed.

  11. CandleImageLaurie-Ann you were such a sweet loving person ! I remember our childhood days when you used to come and ride me on your bicycle In bay. The happy memories we shared at Marlie Mount Primary School . My heart hurts but God needed an angel . To be absent from the body is to be present with the a Lord ! My deepest condolences to the family ! Gone too soon my friend but you will never be forgotten! May your soul Rest In Peace . 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  12. CandleImageThe Nightingale Tribute and Poem To a Fallen Star.
    Nursing is a calling, and a way of life. I honor my fallen colleague Laurie- Ann, who is no longer with us, but her life as a nurse will continue on through the many lives she touched during a 20 years career as a Nightingale Nurse. I honor you, not for the 20 years you served humanity, but for the difference you made in the lives of others at their loneliest, and most terrifying moments when their health and life was threaten.
    Poem “She Was There”
    When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed by her patients Laurie-Ann was there.
    In the excitement and miracle of the birth of a baby, or in the mystery and death of a patient, Lauri-Ann was there.
    When the unexplainable needed to be explained to anxious patients, Laurie- Ann was there.
    When the situation demanded a sharp mind and a rapid response to act, Laurie- Ann was there.
    When a gentle touch, a firm push, a compassionate heart, a listening ear or an encouraging word was all that was needed, Laurie-Ann was there.
    To witness humanity,—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, or reservation, Lauri-Ann was there.
    To help others embrace the Challenges of life; sadness, Pain, Anguish, grief, Misery, hopelessness, and offer them hope,
    Lauri-Ann you where there.
    When a silent glance, or a gentle touch of encouragement was needed to uplift a patient, family, friend, or a new Nurse, Laurie-Ann was there.
    Laurie-Ann I honor you with a white Rose, a symbol of my appreciation for being my nurse colleague and to thank you for your service to humanity and this noble profession.
    To the family, I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch each of you and grant you that peace, which you desperately need now.

    Laurie-Ann, may God remember all your good deeds and say “well done my good and faithful Servant”.
    May GOD Be With You Until We Meet Again. You will be missed.

  13. CandleImageLaurie-Ann you will surely be missed. Gone too soon but will never be forgotten.. We will continue to hold on to the fond memories of you. God has called to his flock one of his Angels and that you were. May He continue to strengthen your family during this time of grief. We love you❤🙏.

  14. CandleImage“It is the size of one’s will which determines success” ~Author Unknown. Your will and drive to succeed will forever be an inspiration. I’m grateful for your friendship. Much love. Walk good, ‘til we meet again my friend.

    Sincere condolences to the family from my entire family.

  15. CandleImageLaurie-Ann,
    From Marlie Mount Primary to St. Catherine High, I’m proud to have known you and equally as proud of your achievements. You have made your mark on this earth and will sincerely be missed by everyone whose lives have have crossed paths with yours. Always and Forever in my heart.💜
    Sleep In Eternal Peace my Friend.🙏🏽

  16. CandleImageMy dear sweet Laurie-ann,
    I’m so very happy we met and that we could have shared such wonderful unforgettable, fun memories together. I loved you from the very first day I met you. Thanks for being you, decades of friendship and a reunion so sweet I’ll never forgot.
    You were the epitome of love, light ,happiness, peace , lots fun and laughter. I will miss you my dear friend. An angel on earth, now with the angels in heaven. I will never forget you. Love always. Rest in love.💕

  17. I have so many wonderful memories with Laurie-Anne from the first day of High School at 11 years old during orientation she came and introduced herself to me. We grew to become such close friends ever since. Sometimes friends argue but I honestly dont even remember us ever having an argument. I would just always be honest and tell her my position and thats it. We move on and continue to love each other. We have so many wonderful memories together mostly in Jamaica but also some in Atlanta and Canada and they will live on forever. Nothing or no one can take that away and no one could ever take that place she had reserved for me in her heart neither can anyone else replace the place she has in my heart. Goodbye my bff. My heart is heavy and broken but I trust God in all things that He sees the bigger picture and He knows best. I love you forever and ever.

  18. Laurie Ann was such a sunshine from the first time we met in Grade 7 in 1985. We stayed in the same class through Grade 11. I can not recall a time that Laurie Ann was anything but positive and having a bright smile. I had the pleasure of reconnecting with her in 2011 and benefited from her hospitality and sincerity. As accomplished as she was, you would never know as she was a humble and kind. My heart goes out to her loved ones and her many friends. We can take assurance that she is no longer in pain and is resting in the arms of Loving Heavenly Father.
    Rest well my friend.

  19. What a very special life God has blessed to be among us. Laurie-Ann expressed inner peace, assurance and comfort that was evident by everything she did and aspired to do. She exuded quietness within her person that spoke volumes of professionalism. After just 2 years working on a wonderful team with her, I soon realized her quiet presence could have only been captured by her desire to serve mankind. It was a joy to know her and my prayers will continue for the family, friends and many colleagues/coworkers whose memories of her will remain forever.

  20. I will always love you Cous. I’m still so numb. I will never forget the first time I saw you . I asked you where you were from and you told me Old Harbor. I thought to myself grandma has a sister there . Then you said your grandmother is from Treasure Beach, last name Forest . I asked you if she was related to Johnny Forest and you said he is her brother and I said that’s my grandmother’s brother too and we laughed and hugged and then you called your Mom. I will never forget you Cous , you will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace Cous

  21. CandleImageEver since my first day on 10E as a nurse resident, you have always been so kind and constantly rooted for us. I was in awe of all your knowledge and skills. I know I and everyone you’ve met will always remember these wonderful things about you. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace LA, we’ll always miss you.

  22. CandleImageMy condolences to Laurie-Ann family and friends,such a beautiful and genuine soul.May her soul rest in peace.

  23. Dear Laurie- Ann may you rest in the arms of Jesus. May the Holy Spirit bring comfort and peace to your family. Rest well my dear.

  24. CandleImageDougie,
    I will miss our phone calls and pow wows.
    Your smile and your know how.
    I will miss your spunk and passion.
    Your exquisite sense of fashion.
    You touched my life and helped push me forward.
    With the Lord, your steps were ordered
    Leader, Teacher, Learner, Shining star
    Grace abounding: Never subpar
    Beautiful person, Beautiful soul
    Force of power, under God’s control
    Beautiful spirit, Now set free
    In the presence of God’s majesty
    Gone before us to glory
    We are left here to tell your story
    Your earthly suffering cannot compare to your reward
    We will meet again in the Army of our Lord
    Rest in peace my friend and sister

  25. CandleImageI first met Laurie-Ann at Emory 18yrs ago on 10E. The patients use to say” who is that exotic looking nurse”. We always had a good laugh about that. Her smile and jovial personality was ever present. You will be missed. Farewell my friend, go shine your light with our Lord and Savior. 🙏

  26. We met in high school and Laurie-Ann was such a warm and friendly soul. Her laughter ignited everyone. She was beautiful inside and out.
    She always talked about her sister Kasia, my condolences to you and your mom. May you find strength to go through this time

  27. CandleImageGod Saw You Getting Tired

    God saw you getting tired
    And a cure was not to be
    So he put His arms around you
    And whispered “Come to me.”

    With tearful eyes we watched you
    As you slowly slipped away
    And though we loved you dearly
    We couldn’t make you stay.

    Your golden heart stopped beating
    Your tired hands put to rest
    God broke our hearts to prove to us
    He only takes the best

  28. CandleImageLaurie-Ann is and was such a bright and beautiful light in this world and brought it to the nursing profession over and over again year after year. It was such an honor to start my nursing career with her and I know her light was even more bright in her dear family and around all of her wonderful friends. I gladly and whole heartedly light a candle in honor of the tremendous life Dr. Laurie-Ann Douglas-McLeish lived! Huge hugs and much love forever and always!!!!

  29. CandleImageLaurie-Ann, you will be missed tremendously. Your work was not in vain. “Well done, good and faithful servant”. RIP my friend.

  30. CandleImageLauri Ann you touch me and lives of my entire family. It was an honor to work and play with you. I was always in awe of your beauty until I realized you had the brains to match the beauty. Words that come to mind when I’m thinking of you are kind, direct, intelligent, beautiful, thoughtful, respectful. Anyone of these would be a good quality on its on but you displayed them all. I am also happy to consider you a friend. May you rest in eternal peace and may God bless your family , friends and coworkers. We love you girl.

  31. CandleImageIt was only recently that you started mentoring me, but in that short time your impact on my nursing journey was tremendous. You were and are an inspiration to so many. Thank you for being such an amazingly impactful person, you will be missed dearly.

  32. CandleImageIn deepest sympathy and regret at the loss of someone who was so important to Emory patients and nurses. We will miss her bright smile and great talents. On behalf of the nurses of Emory University Hospital, please accept our condolences.

  33. CandleImageLaurie-Ann, you touched so many lives with your love, kindness, knowledge and grace. It’s difficult for me to accept that you are no longer here on earth but I take solace in knowing you are watching over us. I love and miss you.

  34. CandleImageI am sad but grateful for all the time I got to spend with you and will always remember the laughter we shared. I will miss you.

  35. CandleImageIn celebration of the life of Laurie-Ann who has gone on to a higher expression of life and served as the illustrious leader of Nurses who have been blessed with healing hands. A true stalwart dedicated to serving the Healthcare community. We have all joined together, friends, co-workers and family to pay our respect and tribute for the soul departed. We do so not with a sense of loss but in recognition that she is now an eternal being on that pathway of endless unfoldment. Never less but always more her committed, brilliant self.
    As she discarded of her earthly body, which no longer served her, she heard the Master’s words – Well done good and faithful servant. So let us remember as we pay respect to this daughter of Jamaica, that she is radiantly alive and is experiencing the bliss of her new assignment: she has earned her wings and is now an angel watching over us; her family and friends. Rest in Eternal Peace

    From the Alumni Association and Teachers of Hope Valley Experimental School.

    • CandleImageIn celebration of the life of Laurie-Ann who has gone on to a higher expression of life and served as the illustrious leader of Nurses who have been blessed with healing hands. A true stalwart dedicated to serving the Healthcare community. We have all joined together, friends, co-workers and family to pay our respect and tribute for the soul departed. We do so not with a sense of loss but in recognition that she is now an eternal being on that pathway of endless unfoldment. Never less but always more her committed, brilliant self.
      As she discarded of her earthly body, which no longer served her, she heard the Master’s words – Well done good and faithful servant. So let us remember as we pay respect to this daughter of Jamaica, that she is radiantly alive and is experiencing the bliss of her new assignment: she has earned her wings and is now an angel watching over us; her family and friends. Rest in Eternal Peace

      From the Alumni of Dekalb Community College

  36. My heart felt condolences to her friends and especially her family.
    Laurie is gone way too soon but please take comfort in knowing that she has left a mark on us all.
    Sip Laurie-Ann

  37. CandleImageI met Laurie at St Catherine high school back jn our early school days. I always admired her & even had my little crush on her with beauty & smile. After leaving Jamaica & lost touch I was able to reconnect with her in about 2007 which was the last time we actually spoke but followed her journey on social media. I am heart broken to know she is gone & only wished I had known her better. My heart goes out to the family, You will not be forgotten Laurie-Ann Douglas, you will be dearly missed.

  38. CandleImageI have fond memories of Laurie-Ann during our early years at St. Catherine High school. She had a warm and bubbly personality and was always outspoken in class. We grew up in the same community as well and Laurie-Ann would often times visit. Regrettably we’ve lost touch over the years but I’ve never forgotten her and her heartwarming smile. I was really saddened by her passing and do offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends. You’ll be forever in our hearts Laurie-Ann! May your soul rest in peace.

  39. My name is Lance Gentles i am a former student of St Catherine High School.
    I met Laurie-Ann through my Twinsister Lisa Gentles-Gooden, they both was in the same class.
    I can recall so many fund memories with Laurie-Ann, she was so Jovial and always fund to be around.
    On a weekend she came by the house to visit my Twinsister, and i was always around to admire her gracious smile and her hasel eyes, and her incredible smile.
    Their is so much i can say about Laurie-Ann, but one thing for certain she is going to be sadly missed.
    I want to take the time to say to her love ones, Tears are languages that god understand, he will hold you all in his arms during your mourning period.
    My sincere condolences to all family members and friends, my prayers is with you all.
    Sleep on my dear friend Laurie-Ann, we will never forget you.

  40. I was surprised to hear of Laurie-Ann’s passing. To her family my heartfelt condolences.
    We grew up together and were friends throughout high school but lost contact after she migrated. I would always enquire of Ms Ivy about her whenever I saw her on my visit home.

    May the grace if our Lord comfort you all as you mourn the loss of an Angel.

  41. It was always a pleasure talking with Laurie. She made everyone felt at ease. She showed empathy and love to those in her presence. This is a tough lost. R.I.P Laurie

  42. CandleImageSophia johnson (Emory Healthcare)
    Rest in eternal peace. You are the star that will forever shine in our hearts💝

  43. CandleImageSweet Laurie-Ann, you’ve “fought the good fight, you have finished the race and have kept the faith. Now, receive your crown of righteousness which the Lord God has in store for you.”
    2 Timothy 4: 7-8
    Sleep on now beloved and take your rest. Rest in the arms of your Heavenly Father.

  44. CandleImageSweet Laurie-Ann,
    It was a privilege having you as one my nurse leaders and educators. You made learning enjoyable. Death is so final to us who are still living. I want you to know you did influence my nursing career and I am forever grateful. Sleep in paradise angel.

  45. CandleImageI can’t believe you are gone. We worked together on 10 E at Emory University Hospital where I admired your tenacity and goal oriented drive. You were vibrant and enjoyed living life to the fullest. I remember when we were on the same plane heading home to Jamaica. You were so excited that you were going to see your family. I am so proud of your accomplishments. Your legacy lives on in the lives you have touched and your memories live forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, Laurie Ann. You will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to family and friends. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

  46. CandleImageI cannot believe this. Im still trying to wrap my mind around this. I’m at a lost for words.

    My most heartfelt condolences to the family.

  47. CandleImageYou have touched my heart forever with your leadership and kindness. You are a true example of what a nurse should be. As a nurse resident, coming into the nursing profession during Covid, you showed me that I can make through anything, if I put my mind to it. R.I.H, angel LA.

  48. Laurie-Ann, you had a spirit that no other nurse had, you were not only beautiful, smart and intelligent but you treated me like I was somebody, you made me feel blessed as a transporter, your kind words and your help with the patients no matter if you wasn’t the nurse for that person you cared for them all. You will truly be missed. Rest on beautiful angel 💔😭.

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