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Laura Rathbun


Laura Rathbun

Laura Merintha Rathbun passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the age of 96. She was born on July 29, 1919 in Watonga, Oklahoma to George and Viola Baird. She was the third of nine children. Laura married Merl Rathbun on November 4, 1937 and they had two daughters, Ruth Ann and Merle Jean. Being a housewife, they followed the Columbia River as her husband was a millwright on the dams. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Goldendale. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, her husband Merl, daughters Ruth Ann and Merle Jean and grandchildren Debbie Zelinski and Doug Stephenson. She is survived by her grandchildren Brenda Davis, Kimberly Fayard, Dan Morrow and Stacee Willard. She also had 13 great grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Centerville Cemetery in Centerville.


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