Mary Reatis (Johnson) Laur
Mary Reatis (Johnson) Laur, 91 years of age, was joined
with Jesus and the host of heavenly angels at 6:30 p.m.
on Dec. 16, 2004.
Mrs. Laur was the most precious and beloved wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother that this world has ever known.
Mrs. Laur was born a daughter of Charley N. and M. Nellie (Hanson)
Johnson on Oct. 23, 1913, in Ina.
At a young age, Mrs. Laur recognized the importance of a quality
education and, with determination and perseverance, she graduated as
valedictorian with a teaching degree from Trevecca Nazarene College in
Nashville, Tenn. Mrs. Laur enjoyed a 27-year teaching career in the
Jefferson County and Villa Grove areas, with a great heart of love for
her students. Her students very much admired her as a lady and respected
her as a teacher.
In 1942 she was united in marriage with the love of her life,
Lester “Leck” Laur, in Huntsville, Ala., as her groom was stationed in
Tullahoma, Ala., with the United States Army. Mrs. Laur had a genuine
love and adoration for her family that was beyond all measure. To her
family, she was a strong and mighty tower; an angel sent from the portals
of heaven; a very faithful and dedicated Christian example; a caring
counselor in the time of need; and a kind, considerate and devoted
Mrs. Laur is survived by Lester “Leck” Laur of Waltonville, her
husband of 62 years; a daughter, Alta Allen of Mt. Vernon; a son, Kirby
(Julia) Laur of Scheller; grandchildren Billy (Kristin) Hussey of Spokane,
Wash., Jimmy (Trish) Hussey of Pompano Beach, Fla., Dale (Becky) Hussey
of Pompano Beach, Fla., Ryan Hussey of Pompano Beach, Fla., Michael
LaChance of Pompano Beach, Fla., Chuck (Anita) Allen of Mt. Vernon,
Crystal (Billy) Beckham of Mt. Vernon, John Nicholas Allen of Mt. Vernon,
Mary Elizabeth Allen of Carbondale, Lester Laur of Scheller, Austin Laur
of Scheller and Whitney Laur of Scheller; great-grandchilren Trace and
Bryce Hussey of Spokane, Wash., Tyler Hussey of Pompano Beach, Fla.,
Dylan Hussey of Pompano Beach, Fla., Carley and Charley Allen and Blase
Beckham of Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Laur was preceded in death by her parents, Charley N. and M. Nellie
(Hanson) Johnson; a daughter, Mary Joyce Hussey LaChance; six brothers,
Wesley, Dale, Carson, Lewis, Lester and Donald; and a sister, Louise (Horton)
Mrs. Laur was a longtime member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Newell Funeral Home
in Waltonville, with the Rev. Michael Ice officiating. Interment will
follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Friends may call from 4
to 7 p.m. Saturday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville.
Mrs. Laur’s sweet, loving, affectionate spirit will forever remain in the
hearts and lives of those who loved her so dearly. You may call Newell
Funeral Home in Waltonville at 279-7272 for further information.
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman