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Laurie Beth Peters

October 18, 1960 - March 7, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Laurie Beth Peters

Laurie Beth Peters

Born: October 18, 1960
Died: March 7, 2020
Age: 59

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   Laurie Beth Peters, of Spencer, Iowa, passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday March 7th, 2020 at the age of 59. Laurie was the daughter of Dorothy and Arnold Peters of Sutherland, Iowa. She attended school in Sutherland, graduating from Sutherland High School in 1980.

     Laurie went on to be a certified nurse assistant and then a medication aide, working at Millie’s Rest Home in Sutherland for several years. Laurie later moved to Spencer and worked at Sunshine, and Truck Haven until getting her last job at Walmart in 2002.  She started as a greeter then moved to apparel which she  enjoyed. She loved meeting people with a friendly smile and calling them by name.  Laurie never let a person she knew get past her without a big smile, hello and maybe even a hug.  She moved into Golfview Condominiums in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed living there, making friends with the other residents. She would often tell her family how thankful she was for her condominium.  Laurie had an affinity for turquoise jewelry and would often be seen with a ring on every finger, bracelet on each wrist and a lovely turquoise necklace and earrings to match. When she wasn’t working at Walmart, Laurie could be found driving her scooter all around Spencer, shopping, or relaxing at her home listening to country music on her record player. She loved spending time with her family, especially over the holidays, staying up all night making her famous cherry cheesecake and peanut brittle. Laurie loved life and will forever be remembered by her joyful personality, her smile, laugh and good nature.

     Laurie is survived by her four nieces and nephews: Tony Peters of Primghar, IA: Tammy Muilenburg and her husband, Larry of Sutherland; Tracy Peters and his wife, Pam of Hutchinson, KS and Tonya Oolman and her husband, Aaron of Sutherland, IA; sister in law, Liz Peters of Sutherland, IA, nine great nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

     Laurie is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bill Peters, and great niece Desiree Crist.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland.

Rev. Ray Ohlendorf
Cameron Crist
Spencer Peters
Hudson Oolman
Zachary Peters
Jordan Wohlert
Greg Fulkerson
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Organist - Jan Ebel

"It Is Well With My Soul"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
Waterman Cemetery
Sutherland, Iowa


Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:26 PM
“To Laurie’s Family,
Laurie was a school classmate and Sunday School friend of mine growing up. She was always quiet and thoughtful. I enjoyed getting her to crack a smile! It’s been years since I have seen her, but please know she was a special young lady in school and Sunday School! Good memories! Blessings to all the family from NC.
Cheryl Punt ”
- Cheryl Punt
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“I’m still in shock. Cannot find the words. Being so many miles away I once again feel disconnected from family. I remember Laurie as a toddler and being at my wedding. Her visit to Savannah in 84. I do remember her tenderness, her smile and beautiful crystal blue eyes. I loved the Peters family. May the Lord bring comfort and peace to each that grieve. ”
- Lonna McEwen
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:18 AM
“Penny, my story is much like yours even though I am about five years older. You did a nice job of writing your message.
I want to thank all of you who have left messages. They have given me much joy and comfort. Several of you have given us a glimpse into Laurie's daily life. She seemed happy, and I'm very glad of that.
Her service today and the fellowship before and after were comforting.
- Mary Peters Smith
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:19 AM
“Laurie was a special friend to me. She always was cheerful and had time to visit. She will greatly be missed.”
- Becky Puhrmann
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:19 AM
“We are so. Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
- Carol Kruckenberg Johnson
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:19 AM
“Laurie is my cousin. Born 11 months apart, it was natural that we should spend a lot of time together as children. Many times, at the end of a visit to Arnie and Dorothy's, I would try to sneak her home with us. It didn't work but a couple of times she was allowed to come to our place for a visit. She was probably my very first friend. Sadly, as we grew up, we grew apart. We got further apart after I moved out of state, first to Texas and then to New Mexico. The last time I saw her was at my mother's funeral in 2009. I had heard from my Mom that she was living and working in Spencer and that she was happy. I couldn't wish for more for Laurie. She was often in my thoughts and I have such wonderful memories of us as children. I am sorry I can't be there with the family at this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Penny Bierman
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:52 PM
“Dear Peters Family,
So shocked to hear of Laurie's passing. I have fond memories as a kid sharing a school bus seat with Laurie on our ride home at the end of a day. As many of you mentioned there was always a hug, hello and a smile as she greeted you in Walmart. I know I will find myself when I go to Walmart looking for that smile and hug for some time to come. So sorry for your loss. Peggy Schimmer
The Peter's family were such kind neighbors to the Schimmers. ”
- Peggy Schimmer
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM
“My sympathy goes out to Lauries' family and friends. We didn't know each other, but, seeing her riding that moped, spring, summer, and fall, made you feel like you knew her. Thru Walmart, she offered a smile to everyone. She will be missed. I am sorry.”
- marilyn zellaha
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:17 AM
“My Deepest sympathies to Laurie's family. I worked with Laurie at Sunshine. She was a kind, sweet, and gentle soul. I always had a hello and chat with her at Walmart. Her beautiful smile and blue eyes will be missed by me. I will also miss seeing her on her scooter around town. May God bless her family with comfort and peace. May her beautiful soul be flying free in heaven. ”
- Lisa Buchan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:48 PM
“I am so saddened of the lose of Laurie, my heart is broken. She was a sweet, kind and had a beautiful soul. A greeting and a smile that would brighten your day. I worked with Laurie for many years. There are many wonderful things that I will never forget or how she would make you feel being around her. Rest in Peace Laurie....we love you. My thoughts and prayers go to all her family and friends. ”
- Kila Meissner
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“So sorry to hear of this tragedy. I enjoyed Laurie's cheerful, positive attitude. She always took the time to chat and remember days in Sutherland when I would see her in Walmart.”
- Dan Schnelle
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:24 AM
“Sweet Laurie.. your family at Subway will forever have you in our hearts. That smile and kindness was so addicting. ❤”
- Lakyn
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:24 AM
“So sorry to hear of Lori's loss of life. Always enjoyed seeing Her smile and warm greetings at Walmart. Rest in peace.”
- Butch Engelke
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:33 PM
“Tears... Laurie was a joyous classmate and a friend to all. I will miss her hugs but will treasure her memory always. ”
- Jo Stamer
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:33 PM
“I was on my way back from OK when I got the devastating news about Laurie. Still hard to accept it. We were neighbors at condo and her warm and genuine smile and personality will be greatly missed around here. She enjoyed seeing my little dog, Jasmine, and greeted her as well whenever spotted inside or out.
My sincere condolences to the entire family; she truly will be missed and most definitely with GOD now@”
- Karen Bishop
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:55 PM
“Laurie will be missed by her Golfview Family of Friends ~ Blessings for Comfort and Peace at this difficult time ~”
- Molly Mulqueen
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:55 PM
“Oh my goodness. I am so saddened to hear of Laurie's passing. She was a special friend who always greeted me with a warm hug & a chat every time I was in WalMart. Laurie carried such a beautiful spirit. I will miss her much as I am sure many others will, also. Gods blessings to her family. Rest in peace, Laurie.”
- Toni Merideth Gilmore
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:55 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Laurie. She always greeted me in Walmart with a hug and a smile. I will miss her. ”
- Calista Boeve
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:56 AM
“Even though I only knew Laurie from giving her rides to work if she was walking and I was driving by, she made a warm impression on me. I gave her a ride just Friday late afternoon. Our chats were brief but friendly. This was such sad news. My sympathies to all who knew her.”
- Diane Smith
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“I didnt know her but am sad this happened to her. Prayers to all family and friends”
- Lori Verner
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:09 AM
“This breaks my heart.. I never personally knew her, and I don’t think she personally knew me... but recall waiting on her a few times at American classic cafe, and seeing her around town everywhere, especially on her scooter, which always put a smile on your face. You could tell just by looking at her how much she enjoyed riding that thing. Especially on a beautiful day! She was so proud of it as well. RIP. Keeping riding up there ❤️”
- Callie Hoffman
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“I just heard of the tragic accident this afternoon. Laurie was a classmate of my daughter and I worked with her at Wal-Mart. She was a beautiful soul and had a smile that greeted everyone. She will be missed by multitudes ! Enjoy a wonderful re-union at God's table that is waiting for you Laurie.
- Mary B DeBoom
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Our sincerest condolences to the family of Laurie. Such a sweet lady, with a great attitude about life. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. She will be missed.”
- Della Jeffrey
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“I was so sorry to see Laurie had passed. I didnt really even know her full name, but I will always remember her face. She always smiled and we usually had a conversation when I saw her. I will miss seeing her smiling face when I go to WalMart.”
- Jane Stoner
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“May God wrap his arms around You. May You Rest in Peace. You will still be riding but with wings now enjoy that ride my friend. ”
- Sandy Putnam
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Laurie was a great neighbor, and co-worker, was always a pleasure to be around her! I will miss her her greatly! Prayers for all of friends and family!”
- Christy Craig
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“Im so sorry this happened...i never knew her but i saw her just about every day on her moped. In the winter she would be all bundled up... i thought thats one determaind women... ill miss seeing her...just to see her gave me a get up and go attitude ...”
- Cher lindahl
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 8:07 AM
“We were so saddened to hear about Laurie. We lived in her neighborhood and over the years have given her rides to and from work because of the weather. She was always cheerful and appreciative. We will miss her soft smile and wave.
Praying for her family and friends 🙏❤️🙏
Randy&Suzanne Krukow”
- Randy & Suzanne Krukow
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“Sorry praying for u I used to work with her ”
- Jessica elg
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“So sorry about the passing of Laurie, She loved riding her moped and working. Sorry this accident happened. RIP Laurie, Praying 🙏 Her Family And Friend's Can Always Remember The Good Times With Laurie ❣️”
- Connie Khounlo
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“I didn't know Laurie , but always saw her riding to work and in town. Very determined lady that got herself where she needed to go. So saddened to hear of her passing. God bless”
- Lucille Faulkner
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear about Laurie. I use to work with her at walmart. Laurie was a very kind lady I enjoyed working with her she will be missed by many people she worked with and knew her. Very sorry for your loss. Laurie Will be Missed. Our Prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.”
- Joan Quail
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss”
- Don&Paulette Barry
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“She was a quiet but beautiful soul to anyone who got to know her. So sorry to her of her passing.”
- Tiffany Jones
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8:55 PM
“It breaks my heart to hear about Laurie's passing. I worked with Laurie for many years. She was an awesome people greeter. She always had a smile on her face. Very pleasant to talk to. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are going out to her family and friends 🙏🙏🙏. R.I.P. Laurie.”
- Monica Izer
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