Laurie Rayburn
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Laurie Kathleen Rayburn passed away with her family by her side on Friday, November 18, 2011. After years of bravely battling cancer, she finally succumbed in peace, tranquility and love on a beautiful sunny afternoon. She was 71. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Chi Omega sorority, she lived in Conroe for nearly 40 years, meeting many friends and loved-ones along the way. She was born in Selma, Alabama and moved to Galveston, and then Houston, Texas where she graduated from Lamar High School. She was a strong, unpretentious and fiercely loyal mother, daughter and friend and will be long remembered by those who had the good fortunate to know her.

She is survived by her daughter Kellie Leeves of Conroe and her son Cory Van Dyke of Marfa, Texas, as well as her sisters, Linka, Teri, and Rebecca Rayburn, and her grandchildren Hunter, Meghan and Maxwell Leeves. Her ex-husbands, Dr. Marshall James Dyke and Dr. Bill Alexander, remained her life-long friends, and she was a mother to two step-children, Sherri and Kyle Alexander. Laurie joins her father and mother, George and Virginia Rayburn of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Houston, Texas, and her grandson, Drew Leeves, in the warm light of Heaven. A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:30 P.M. on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, 1803 Highland Hollow, Conroe, TX. 77304.

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Published in The Courier of Montgomery County from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2, 2011.