August 22, 1911 – February 21, 2014
Norma Opal Laughery, age 102, of Bayard, IA, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Bayard with Rev. Larry G. Monthie officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5 – 7 P.M. at the Johnson and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids. Organist for the service will be Martha Wolf. Interment will be in the Bowman Chapel Cemetery west of Guthrie Center. Casket bearers will be Grandsons: Randy Bielenberg, Dan Bielenberg, Cory Cramer, Robbie Cramer, Deric Cramer, and Scott Clark. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Norma’s name and memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church.
Born on August 22,1911 in Guthrie County, IA, she was the daughter of Morton and Edith (Wright) Guy. She grew up on her family’s farm west of Guthrie Center. Norma graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1930. Following graduation she worked for Taylor Law Firm, The Sweet Shop on Wednesday nights and a grocery store on Saturday nights and as a hired girl. On April 30,1935 she married Burdette Laughery and made their in Bayard, Iowa operating the Laughery Oil Co. and later Bayard Motor and Implement. Two daughters were born to this union Sheryl Dee and Gaye. Norma stayed busy with her daughters many activities. She also took part in many community activities, gave sewing lesson, decorated wedding and birthday cakes, gave perms and cut hair in her home, and worked in their business. Norma provided a home for 3 local girls so they could finish the school year when their parents moved away. Norma and Burdette enjoyed camping and traveling in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and Europe. Norma was Grand Marshall in Bayard’s Quasquicentennial parade in 2006. Norma enjoyed playing bridge, being with her friends and family and attending dances with Burdette. She was a member Bayard United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Women’s Club, T.T.T., P.T.A, Band Mothers, Lions Club, Dandy Lions, and the Red Hats.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband Burdette, infant son Richard and daughter Connie, a grandson Brad Bielenberg, a great granddaughter Brenna Bielenberg, her parents, and six siblings.
Survivors include her two daughters: Sheryl Dee (Don) Bielenberg of Scranton, Iowa, and Gaye (Stan) Hoselton of Lexington, Illinois, 6 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.Information provided by: Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home
518 Main St., PO Box 54
Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058