Obituary published Jan. 29, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Laura Mary Littrell, 94 of Thompson, Mo. passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at her family farm home where she had resided for 68 years surrounded by loving family members.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Robert H. Marty officiating. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers are: David Sudbrock, Chad Isgrig, David Kleinsorge, Phil Turner, Bryan Cornett, and Kyle Turner.
Laura was born Oct. 21, 1918 at her family farm home in Monroe County, the daughter of James Sydney Halley and Mabel Barton (Ewing) Halley. On Dec. 28, 1938 in Hannibal, she married Harold W. Littrell who preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1993.
During the summers of 1936-37, Laura attended Kirksville Missouri Teacher's College and received a teaching certificate. She taught school at Gatewood Rural School north of Mexico for two terms until marriage. Harold and Laura enjoyed traveling and traveled with friends to places like California, Hawaii and the Carribean.
Mrs. Littrell was a longtime member of Midway Christian Church. She belonged to the Skinner Skippers Club as well as a friendly Canasta card club for over 40 years. On the farm, she enjoyed fixing a noon meal, often with garden produce she had raised and canned for everyone working on the farm and anybody else who happened to stop by that day. Along with being a great cook, she helped out on the family farm by driving a tractor and grain trucks, helping with the livestock, and was considered the backbone of Littrell Farms. Other hobbies included embroidering pillowcases, dish towels, pictures and crocheting blankets, dish scrubbers, and potholders. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren playing board games, cards, fishing, and also feeding the fish in the farm's lake. In later years, she could often be seen on her golf cart checking up on the farm business, picking up the mail, visiting the lake, or just loving being out in the great outdoors.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Littrell and wife, Mary of Thompson and Terry Littrell and Kyle Cone of Mexico; seven grandchildren, Eric Littrell and wife, Sara of Centralia, Nicholas Littrell of Singapore, Lindsey Littrell of Paris, MO, Jennifer Littrell of Washington D.C., Clayton Littrell of Garden City, KS, Loren Littrell of Columbia and Alisha Yahl and husband, Michael of Foristell; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Ray Sydney Halley and James Ewing Halley.
Memorial donations may be made to Midway Christian Church or Audrain County Health Department Home, Health and Hospice. Both may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.