Losing a family member is heartbreaking, but Martha Stewart is handling it with all the grace we might expect from the domestic doyenne.
Martha is remembering her youngest sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, who died at age 59 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
In a message posted on her blog, Martha writes about the role her sister played in her company, where she worked for more than 25 years. "For the past several years Laura edited, researched and often wrote, captioned and photographed content for this blog and The Daily Wag."
She also writes about how when Laura was born she was supposed to be named something else, but Martha and her siblings had a better idea: "Our mother wanted to name her Dorothy, but we persuaded her to name her Laura instead. We still don't know why we didn't like the name Dorothy, But Laura was beloved by all as Laura."
Laura's death was sudden, but she had a living will, writes Martha, and a plan for organ donation was in place. "We are so sad but also happy that Laura had the foresight to donate so many healthy organs to needy people."
"Please keep her husband Randy and her three children,and two children in law, Christopher Herbert, Sophie Herbert Slater and Charlie Plimpton, and Tim Long and Dan Slater, in your thoughts. Laura deserves the very best; she was an extraordinary employee, mother, wife and sister."
Our thoughts go out to you, Martha.