Helen Mateel Laughlin 1921 - 2010 Lawrence
Memorial services for Helen Mateel Laughlin, 89, a longtime Lawrence resident, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Laughlin died Monday, April 5, 2010, at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, Calif.
She was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Jackson County, the daughter of Charles Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Cusic Rogers. After graduating from high school, she received a teaching certificate and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Wetmore.
Mrs. Laughlin moved to the Lawrence area in 1943 and was a “Rosie the riveter” for Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant during World War II. She worked for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator for 13 years. She was a room mom and a block mother in the 1960s; a member of the Soldier, Kan., Methodist Church; and enjoyed doing crafts and activities at Vintage Brush Creek, an assisted care facility in Santa Rosa, where she lived for the past five months.
She married Homer Edwin Laughlin in October 1956. He died in 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Laughlin-Anderson and husband Dan, Houston, and Sharon Hummer and husband Edward, Santa Rosa; four sisters, Mildred Moore, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thelma Padilla and Lena Lou Hughes, Omaha, Neb., and Twylla Burroughs and husband George, Phoenix; a grandson, Graham R. Hummer; and a cat, Mr. Chico.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will meet them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Senior Services, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.