|Birth: ||Sep., 1902|
Florence Minerva Carnell was born to Thomas Jefferson and Florence Clemens Carnell in McDonald County, Missouri in l902. She was the sister of Hazel Carnell, Hiram Carnell, Alton (Bill) Carnell, and half sister of Darrel Carnell. Her mother passed away when she was just 8 years old. Her father was Sheriff of McDonald County, Missouri at the time.
She married Otis William Laughlin, Sr. in 1922 and was the mother of Rosabelle Laughlin Shelburn, Thomas Olin Laughlin, Florence Lee Laughlin Nelson, JoAnn Laughlin Howerton, and Otis William (Bill) Laughlin, Jr. Grandmother of ten at the time of her death-Linda Shelburn Reagan, Peggy Shelburn Hopper, Michael Laughlin, Teresa Nelson Durrill, Danny Mac Nelson, Devery Ann Howerton, Curtis Glen Howerton, Otis William Laughlin III, Steven Edward Laughlin, and Stacey Jean Laughlin.
"Granny" was the quintessential mother and grandmother and suffered many tragedies in her life, far more than she deserved. She buried two of her daughters, Rose at 43 and JoAnn at 29, and remained at her son, Bill's beside while he recuperated, at the age of 19, from a devastating railroad accident in 1949, during which he lost one leg and the use of the other.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1969. She is buried not far from her daughters in Pittsburg, Ks.
She was very proud to be from McDonald County, Mo. and often referred to herself as a "Ozark Hillbilly". She was proud, strong, true, and utterly loyal to her family. Rest in peace, Granny.
Mount Olive Cemetery
Created by: Peggy Hopper
Record added: Apr 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26459005