|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1911|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 2008|
Laura Mae Arthur, 96, of Paul, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at Minidoka Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 23, 1911, in Cambridge, Neb., and came to Idaho in 1912 with her parents, Howard and Rilla Belle Easton. They settled on a farm near Paul, where she grew up and graduated from Paul High School. She then graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in elementary education. Following her graduation, she taught in Challis, American Falls, Twin Falls and Paul before her marriage to Reed Bennett Arthur on May 30, 1939. They settled in the Paul area and had two children, Joyce and Jerry. In 1957, she returned to teaching at Paul Elementary until her retirement in 1974. During this time, she was honored as an outstanding teacher. She is in the Idaho Teacher's Hall of Fame. After retirement, she and Reed traveled the world before his death in 1994. They had been married 55 years.
Laura Mae loved cooking, gardening, making crafts, caring for animals, sewing and traveling. She was a member of the Rupert First Methodist Church for more than 60 years. She was active in the women's society, study groups and taught Sunday school classes. Following her retirement in 1974, she started the Mini-Cassia Retired Teachers Association. She was an avid bridge player and a member of the Paul Bridge Club for 50 years.
Laura Mae is survived by her two children, Jerry (Cindy) Arthur and their three sons, Forrest, Austin and Preston, all living in the Paul area, and Joyce (Alvin) Mong, their daughter Michelle (Sean) Ryan and son, Michael, live the Seattle, Wash., area. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her seven great-grandchildren, Forrest (Crystal) Arthur's two sons, Easton and Tucker; Austin (Christina) Arthur's two sons Austin and Luke; Michelle (Sean) Ryan's one son, Jake, and Michael (Jennie) Mong's daughter, Macy, and son Parker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reed Arthur; and siblings Hazel Patterson, Gladys Goode, Charley Easton, Emma Batinovich and Clinton Easton.
Published in Twin Falls, Idaho Times News
Reed Bennett Arthur (1904 - 1994)*
Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Record added: Jul 15, 2008
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