Laura McKee, the first child of Mark and Mildred Landrum, was born in San Francisco in 1924 and raised in Plymouth, California. Her two younger brothers were developmentally disabled and epileptic. The small town atmosphere turned out to be a watchful and caring environment for her family. These times shaped Laura's life as she always knew first hand that the cards aren't always dealt fairly. She worked hard at everything she did. After getting married to Kenneth Charles McKee, she rode her bike to Long Beach State University from the family's new home in the Los Altos area to earn her degree. The next phase of her life was her signature moment. She taught 5th grade at Carver Elementary school where she touched the lives of every student who was in her class. Countless students in their 50's and 60's yould recount to her children about Mrs. McKee and the impact she had on their lives. Laura and Ken had 2 children, Mark and Ann. Laura retired from teaching in 1968 to raise her daughter. When she imparted her lessons of life to her daughter, she went back to work. She was a no-nonsense, old school worker. She ended her career working for Boeing. During her retirement years she loved gardening and her roses. She also was a wonderful "Grandma Kee" to her 3 grandchildren whose favorite memories include being fed ice cream for breakfast. Laura spent her final few years in the loving arms of Quaker Gardens, where she and Ken touched many people. She was also cared for by the wonderful clergy and members of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove. Laura leaves her children, son, Mark and daughter, Ann; son-in-law, Derek; grandchildren, Kai Leigh, Jesse and Devin; nephews, John, Gary and Michael and their families; niece, Suzy and one very special niece, Sharon and her family. Mom's life will be memorialized at the First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove at 10:30 Saturday, October 12th. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mom's memory may be made to the church, 11832 Euclid St. Garden Grove, CA 92840 or Quaker Gardens 12151 Dale St. Stanton, CA 90680. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2013