Laura Alice Lunsford Thomas

Written by Theresa Rose on April 29, 2015

Laura Alice Lunsford Thomas, 85, formerly of Milton died peacefully at 3:37 A.M. Tuesday April 28, 2015 at Davis County Hospital, Bloomfield. She was born August 20, 1929 in Troy to Bernie and Pearl Decker Lunsford and married Cleo Thomas in 1947, they later divorced and he died August 21, 2004. Then she married Don Kirby and they divorced and Gary Santee and they later divorced.

Laura attended Troy High School and then moved to Milton and then to Texas. She had spent the last several years of her life in Iowa. She was a member of the Elkhart Christian Church in Elkhart, IA, had worked as a nurses aid prior to working for Walmart from which she retired in the late 90’s. In her younger years she enjoyed singing and playing the guitar with her sister, Mattie.

Surviving are a son Steve (Brenda) Thomas of Milton, a daughter Nancy Jean Schwieger of Ankeny, two brothers, Frank Lunsford of Fairfield and Dean Lunsford of Peoria, IL, four sisters, Sue Gough of Iowa City, Mattie Radabaugh of Cameron, MO, Angie Hamburg of Oskaloosa and Marilee Gaskill of Olatha, KS, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her estranged husband, Cleo Thomas and half-brother Arlie Wheaton.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M Friday May 1, 2015 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with Minister Kevin Mote officiating. Visitation will open at 11:00 A.M. Friday with family present from 1-2 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cantril. Gifts to a memorial to be designated later by the family may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 5029 NE Innsbruck Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021