Traverse City Remembers Local Store Owner Killed in Car Accident

Heartache for many around Traverse City as they continue to mourn the loss of a special woman.

Laurie Loomis died Monday morning in a car accident.

The sheriff’s office says her car crossed the center line and hit a commercial van head on along US-31 in Grand Traverse County.

The crash shut down several lanes of US-31 for hours.

Loomis died at the scene while the driver of the van was taken to the hospital.

Today, many continue to remember Loomis’ giving spirit and bright personality.

9&10’s Caroline Powers and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have more details on the impact Loomis had on the community.   

“I know that she had a way of making people feel so incredibly special.”

Laurie Loomis was a woman with a big heart, always jumping at the chance to help out others.

“We all know that things happen and it’s just sad to lose someone who was young, and who really was vital to the downtown community,” says Pat DeYoung, employee at Raven’s Child. “Truly a tragedy what happened. We’ll all miss her. Really, we’ll all miss her.”

Monday morning a car accident took Laurie’s life.

But today, her close friends are remembering her as the woman who never stopped giving.

“Laurie just always had a way to find a way to donate to Father Fred,” DeYoung says. “Whether it was a discount for her customers or her own personal donation. It was one of her favorite charities.”

Her store, Raven’s Child, is a downtown staple catering to many styles.

She used her eye and her inventory to outfit the National Cherry Festival Queens.

“She is the sponsor for the queen’s wardrobe,” says Kay Relyea, director of Queen’s Program for the National Cherry Festival. “Laurie shopped all year long for these girls and picked just the best outfits for them. She never liked to see them wear an outfit twice. I can tell you that her generosity exceeded over 60 outfits during festival week and over five pairs of shoes.”

But Pat and Kay say the store, and queen’s court has to go on, and they will do so in memory of Laurie.

“Of course we’re all very sad and very shocked that she’s going to be missing from our lives, but she’s in our hearts. Lots of love here. We’ll keep it going,” says Relyea.