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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Laura Mae Bleigh

  • Laura Mae Bleigh, 87, of Hannibal, Mo. died at 9:25 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
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  • Laura Mae Bleigh, 87, of Hannibal, Mo. died at 9:25 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
    Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the First Christian Church, with Rev. Steve Barker and Dr. L.R. Veatch officiating. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park.
    Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel and from 1 p.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church.
    Mrs. Bleigh was born May 7, 1925 in St. Clements, Mo., to J.R. and Mary E. Mudd Latimer.
    She married James Paul Bleigh January 11, 1948, in Hannibal, Mo., and he survives.
    Survivors include two sons, Robert Terrill (Carol) Bleigh of Palmyra, Mo., and James Michael (Sue Ann) Bleigh of Olathe, Kan.; two daughters, Diane Elaine (Mark) Flick of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Janet Lynn (Joe) Dunn of Hannibal, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Casey (Mike) Jennings, Kristie (John) Franklin, Nathan Bleigh (Sarah Rodriquez, fiancee), Michael Bleigh (Morgan), Elizabeth Bleigh, Dustin (Jennifer) Gray, Travis (Theresa) Gray, Mackenzie Flick, Andy Flick and David Flick; and four great-grandchildren, Joel Dustin Gray, Lucas Paul Jennings, Reagan Olivia Jennings and Dalton Eugene Gray. Also surviving are cousins, Donald Phillip Mudd, Joyce Wilkins, H. Clay Black; and second cousin, James E. Latimer; nieces and nephews; and childhood friends, Mercedes Behlmann and Hilda Miller Reed.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nell Marie Bleigh; and niece, Sharon Lee Bleigh.
    Laura Mae attended Crow School and Bowling Green High School, Class of 1942. She later enjoyed organizing class reunions. She formerly worked at Alco Valve Company, American Credit Bureau in St. Louis, Mo., and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Bowling Green and Hannibal, Mo.
    Laura Mae was a faithful member of the First Christian Church. She was an elder emeritus and former member and vice chairman of the board. She was a member and teacher of the former Keystone Sunday school class as well as serving on various church committees.
    Her family will fondly remember Laura Mae as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The Bleigh home always welcomed friends and their children's friends.
    Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the charity of the donor's choice, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
    Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
    Condolences may be offered at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.

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