Laurel Laverda (Mathews) Dale, 82, of Macon, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019. She was born on July 14, 1937, in Rothville, Missouri, to Oliver G. and Laura J. (Stephens) Mathews. Laurel was a registered gemologist with Buchroeders Jewelers in Columbia, Missouri, for many years, then a bank teller at Central Bank, Commerce Bank, Mark Twain Bank, Firstar Bank, and U.S. Bancorp. She earned her BA in general studies from Columbia Colleg in 2015. Laure gratefully and joyfully received the Good News of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ, her Savior. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Lee Dale; four brothers: Oliver Mathews, Jr., Gene (Jackie) Mathews, Garitt (Marty) Mathews, and Joseph (Gwenn) Mathews; two sisters: Mary (Roy) Tuttle and Lee (Walt) Hickman. Survivors include her children: Lisa (Chuck) Dale-Derks, James Douglas Dale, and Deborah Dale; brothers: Gerald Mathews (Shirley), Robert Mathews (Jean) and Gary Mathews (Jimmie); sister, Sue Lauhoff (John), 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Cremation has been accorded by Million Taylor Funeral Homes of Moberly. Laurel will be laid to rest at Mendon Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Laurel's name to: Zion Lutheran Church, 32405 Business Route 36E, Macon, Missouri 63552-3846, (660) 385-4433 www.zionmacon.org If roses grow in heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for me Place in my mother's arms And tell her they're from me Tell her that I love her and miss her And when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek And hold her for a while Because remembering her is easy I do it every day. But there's an ache within my heart Because I am missing her today. Love Deborah (daughter)
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