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It was in the early hours of March 3, 2016, that Laura May (Savery) Cary Letson finally found the peace that she had been struggling to find for over two years. It was a battle Laura could not win, but she gave it her best shot. If you knew Laura, you know how strong, determined, and stubborn she could be at times.
Laura was born in Springfield, Missouri, on May 16, 1931, and was the daughter of Charles William Savery and Dorothy (Ward) Savery. She graduated high school from Collins, Missouri. She married William L. Cary on May 28, 1950. To this union, five children were born. After 25 years of marriage, they divorced. Later she married John Letson, and lived in Alabama for several years, eventually moving back to El Dorado Springs after their divorce in 1983.
As if trying to raise five children was not enough, Laura started her “outside of the home career” at the new Cedar County Memorial Hospital in 1960, beginning a lifetime of caring for, and about, others. While working and raising her children, she obtained her LPN license in 1969 which was a very proud moment for her and her family. She worked in area hospitals and nursing homes for many years before retiring from Cedar County Memorial Hospital in 1992. After retiring, she did private duty nursing care for many local families until her health no longer allowed it.
After retirement, she met Ruth Green, and Ruth eventually became the “sister” that Laura never had. Ruth took Laura on adventures around the countryside to get feed, look at a new goat, or shop at Amish stores. These adventures usually included sharing a meal or a piece of pie. Through this friendship, Laura met the final love of her life, Fred Lovewell. Fred brought Laura a flower every day that they were together, and they shared many happy times at his farm or her home until he passed away. Fred treated Laura like a queen.
Laura loved to garden and work in her yard, spending hours pulling weeds out of her flowers, picking up those “annoying gumballs”, moving rocks to make a new flower bed, or planting new flowers. She was always proud when someone would tell her how beautiful her yard and flowers looked. This would make her feel that all that hard work was worth it. Laura also liked to crochet, making family and friends many pretty afghans and pillows. If it was raining, she could be found with her nose in the latest Danielle Steel novel, which she collected. One of the things that made her kids cringe at times was making them stop at a yard sale or when she would just “happened to see” something someone had thrown away on the side of the road. She would have them stop and throw it in the back of the vehicle to take home for her to recycle.
Preceding Laura in death were her parents, Charlie and Dorothy; her first husband Bill, and one grand daughter-in-law Amanda Breshears.
Survivors include her five children: Carleen and Jerry Brackenridge, Carlos and Sandy Cary, Cliff and Brenda Cary, and Cindy Fox, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and Cheryl and Billy Mann of Iconium, Missouri; Grandchildren, David L. Cary and family, Cary and Jeff Chambers, Tyler Poore and friend Stacy Spencer and family, all of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; Wendy and Davis Heywood and family, and Tim Cary of Byers, Colorado; Alex and Stephanie Breshears and family, Milo, Missouri; Aaron and Jenny Breshears and family, Maryville, Missouri; Casey and Travis Allen, Tallahassee, Florida; Joshua and Stephanie Breshears, Richards, Missouri; Tara Miller and family, Cameron, Missouri; Natasha and Steve Neilson and family, Kansas City, Missouri; and Megan Brackenridge of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
She is also survived by her three brothers: Charles W. Savery and wife Pauline of Joplin, Missouri, Oneth Bud Savery and wife Sharon of Olathe, Kansas, and Dennis L. Savery of Walker, Missouri; her special friends Ruth Green and Vera Mogan; and many others.