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Laura Eugenia Bell Backus
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1900
Story County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1984
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Laura Eugenia was the youngest of nine children born to John Reason and Mary Melinda Scott Bell: Myrtle (Mertie) 1873, Irene (Ina) 1876, Nellie Alice 1878, Infant son 1880, Leroy (Penney) Ernest 1885, Herbert (Bert) Harrison 1888, Glen (Pup) Samuel 1892, Geneva (Jennie) Minerva 1897 and Laura Eugenia 1900.

Laura married Walter E. Backus 20 Aug 1918 and they had a family of three children: Kathryn Aleta 1920, Marvin Lyle 1921 and Nancy Jo.

Funeral Card; "In Memory of Laura Eugenia Backus; Oct 20, 1900-Jun 29, 1984; Memorial Services 1:00 pm; Monday, July 2, 1984; Hamilton's Funeral Home; officiating - Pastor Bill Miller; Organist - Robert Haag "Somewhere My Love"; Pallbearers - Grandsons - Kevin Henning, Brett Mills, Steve Backus, Mark Backus, Rick Backus, Ron Backus; Interment - Highland Memory Gardens; Des Moines, Iowa."

Newspaper article from the family records of Nancy Mills, September 2002, Cumming, Iowa. Des Moines Register, July 1, 1984. "LAURA BACKUS - Laura Eugenia Backus, 83, of 701 Eight St. S. W. in Altoona, died of a heart ailment Friday at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Hamilton's Funeral Home, and burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Born in Maxwell, Mrs. Backus lived in Altoona for 45 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Polk County Federated Womens Club and Polk County Farm Bureau. Survivors include her husband, Walter; a daughter, Nancy Mills of Cumming; a son, Marvin of Des Moines; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home."
Family links: 
  John Reason Bell (1849 - 1933)
  Mary Melinda Scott Bell (1856 - 1928)
  Walter E. Backus (1897 - 1987)*
  Kathryn Aleta Backus Gillam (1920 - 1953)*
  Myrtle Amy Bell Conner (1873 - 1944)*
  Irene Maude Bell Tomlinson (1876 - 1904)*
  Nellie Alice Bell Miller (1878 - 1952)*
  Leroy Ernest Bell (1885 - 1958)*
  Herbert Harrison Bell (1888 - 1972)*
  Glen Samuel Bell (1892 - 1951)*
  Geneva Minerva Bell Byers (1897 - 1955)*
  Laura Eugenia Bell Backus (1900 - 1984)
*Calculated relationship
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Reverence Garden, Lot - 72
Created by: Dennis Bell
Record added: Oct 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22489346
Laura Eugenia <i>Bell</i> Backus
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Laura Eugenia <i>Bell</i> Backus
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Laura Eugenia <i>Bell</i> Backus
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