Laura Rosella (Ewert) Slocombe, 96, of Peabody, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.
Laura was born on a farm west of Aulne, the daughter of Albert and Anna (Welsh) Ewert. They later moved to a farm west of Peabody.
Laura attended school in Peabody and graduated from high school in 1932. She was a member of Peabody First United Methodist Church all her life. It was there she first met Vernon Slocombe. In 1933, they were married in an outdoor wedding at her parents’ farm.
Laura loved God, Vernon, her family, and life. She always saw to her family’s needs before her own. She had many friends and enjoyed sharing her garden produce, her flowers, and her baked goods.
She learned to sew at an early age and used her skills in making clothes for her daughter, Elaine, her granddaughters, and herself. She enjoyed piecing quilts and made many for family and friends.
Laura enjoyed living in the country. She had been a supportive, go-for parts, cook for hired men, drive the wheat truck farmer’s wife, but after 30 years, she was ready to pass these things on to Warren and Phyllis.
In 1963, Vernon and Laura moved to town. She had beautiful flowers at their home on Sycamore Street and she had time for sewing and quilting. It was about this time that Vernon and Laura began going to Texas to enjoy warm winters.
Being a member of several clubs gave Laura time with her friends. She was a 4-H leader, and active in the First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Progressive Mothers Club, History Club, Up and Doing HDU, women’s church groups, and several quilting groups.
She is survived by her sons, Ed and wife Ann of New Braunfels, Texas, and Warren and wife Phyllis of Manhattan; her daughter, Elaine Sears and husband Bill of Abilene; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, in 2001; her sister, Edna Mae Ewert formerly of Peabody; and her brothers, John, formerly of Tulsa, Ralph, formerly of Peabody, and Harold, formerly of Marion.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Peabody. Visitation was 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Baker Funeral Home in Peabody.
Memorials may be made to Peabody Community Foundation.