In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Little People of America and left at the funeral home.
Mary Laura Estella Fletcher, age 89, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away at Community Springs Healthcare on September 29, 2012. She was born August 17, 1923 to John Thomas and Maudie Estella (Keller) Fletcher, being the ninth of twelve children.
Laura spent her early years in Cedar County at West Union School. She and her family moved to St. Clair County where she then graduated 8th grade from Snyder School. Coming back to Cedar County she graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1943.
Laura loved to quilt and had quilted hundreds of beautiful quilts. Other things she loved besides quilting were songbooks, records, painting, little kids and the Bible.
In 1940 she was saved and joined the Tiffin Baptist Church. She moved her membership to Pleasant Grove then to El Dorado Springs where her membership was at the First Baptist Church.
Laura was of short stature. There were times when her shortness got to her but other times she made the best of it. In 1975 she joined The Little People of America Club, where she learned about the benefits of being little and how to cope with it. She enjoyed all the trips and meeting people her size.
Preceding her in death were her father and mother; six brothers: Willis, Alfred, Evell, Sigal, Lewis, and Clyde; and three sisters: Velma West, Lucille Cole and Elizabeth Luther.
She is survived by one sister, Georgia Mart of El Dorado Springs, MO; one brother, Clarence (Curly) Fletcher and wife Anita of Cedarcreek, MO; and many other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 6-7 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Rusty Norval, Tim Carter, Jay Farris, Al Stebbins, Bob Roe, and Gary Allison.