Laurel Ann Hiatt, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Atherton, died unexpectedly Sept. 18, surrounded by her family. She was 65.
Ms. Hiatt was born in Southern California and grew up in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Principia College in Illinois and graduated from Stanford University's School of Business in 1967, one of only two women in the graduating class.
That year she married James A. Hiatt, who became a real estate developer. She worked for IBM while her husband served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
She put her work career on hold while raising four daughters and volunteering in the community. Twenty years later she returned to the work force, becoming a financial planner.
A lifelong Christian Scientist, she served the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Menlo Park, in many capacities, including terms as First and Second Reader.
She is survived by her four daughters, Emily Vesely of Menlo Park, Chelsea Hiatt Farley of Pacifica, Mindy Castle of Martinez, and Jamie Hiatt of Donner Summit; her father, Edgar Fuller; half-sister Tracy Fuller of Palos Verdes; and three grandchildren. Her husband, James A. Hiatt, preceded her in death.
Private services have been held. Donations in her honor may be made to the Christian Science Peninsula Visiting Nurse Service, P.O. Box 7141, Menlo Park, CA 94026; or Arden Wood Inc., 445 Wawona St., San Francisco, CA 94116.