Laura Witt Mares


Age: 34

Lives: Gettysburg (Cumberland Township)

From: Gettysburg (Freedom Township)

Educated at: Gettysburg High School ’03, University of Delaware ‘07

Family: Husband, Nathan; Son, Bennett; Parents, Paul and Dana; Brother, Alex

Job: Since having our son in May I’ve been lucky to be able to spend the days raising him. Prior to that I was part of management at Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield and Best Western Gettysburg — along with my dad and husband.

Job’s reward: Seeing so many repeat hotel guests who return to stay with us time after time. Many of them have turned into friends.

Job’s frustrations: When we are short staffed. And judging by the amount of “Help Wanted” signs I see around town, we are not alone.

Very first job was: Servant’s Olde Tyme Photos on Steinwehr Avenue.

Favorite food: Seafood (but Tommy’s pizza is a close second).

Pets: Kate, our 7-year-old Sheltie Mix.

Hero: I have the utmost respect for anyone who puts the safety of others before their own, including members of the military, police officers and firefighters.

Hobbies: Playing tennis, working out at the YWCA, traveling, reading, yoga, cross stitch.

Pet peeves: Clutter.

You collect: Clothes- I love to shop!

Best friend: My mom.

Would like to have witnessed what event in history: Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

Event that changed your life: Moving back home to Gettysburg to work with my dad in the family business.

Scariest moment: When I found out very late in my pregnancy that there were complications. Fortunately, everything turned out fine.

First memory: Meeting my new baby brother in the hospital.

Trait inherited from parents: Hard work, integrity, and respect.

Piece of advice that you live by: You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.

Who needs a hug? I think we could all use a hug once in a while.

Favorite reading/author: “Gone With the Wind,” “The Great Gatsby,” anything by Kristin Hannah. And the Gettysburg Times E-Edition every morning!

Favorite spot on earth: At home with my family.

Website you visit most: Google.

Would like concert tickets to see: Don’t laugh … Taylor Swift!

One bad habit: Impatience.

3 items on your bucket list: See Andrew McMahon perform at Red Rocks, go hang gliding, visit all 7 continents (only have Antarctica remaining).

Five minutes with: My maternal grandmother; she died when I was 6.

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? Racquetball.

What would people find surprising about you? I am treasurer of my investment club.

What would make this world a better place? More compassion and less social media.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? That we won a prize in this year’s Land Conservancy of Adams County Road Rally.

How would you like to be remembered? As a kind and caring mother, wife, family member and friend.

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