After returning to Ohio to teach, she married Rockefeller in 1864. Following her wedding, Cettie remained active in the church (she joined Rockefeller's congregation, the Northern Baptists) and with her family. Once the family business, Standard Oil, began to take off, she further devoted her time to philanthropy and her children.
Throughout their entire lives the Rockefeller family continued to donate ten percent of their income to charity, including substantial donations to Spelman College.
Laura Spelman Rockefeller died on March 12, 1915 of a heart attack.
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