Laurie Mitchell
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Mitchell, Laurie 61, left this world on Sept 14th. Always the traveler, she left for better climes, traveling light as always and with great enthusiasm. She began her travels as a baby. Adopted in Kansas City she traveled to her new home in Wichita with her new parents Mil and Gib Mitchell. A few years later her brother Mark came along. They had a pleasant childhood with loving parents. She studied French at West High and participated in the first student exchange program with Orleans France. It was the beginning of her love of foreign travel. After college she worked at Kurdian Travel Agency for a time, and upon quitting spent three months traveling around Europe. On her return she worked as assistant manager at the Towne West B. Dalton Bookseller for 10 years before retiring to pursue her art. She sculpted in papier mache, did fabric decoration, painting, and cartooning. Her "Listen Doll" greeting card line is nationally distributed. A humorist, she wrote the funny, but friendly dating guide "So... Is He Gay. The Single Woman's Guide to Whether He'd Make a Better Groom or Caterer at Your Wedding" which was published by Longstreet Press in Atlanta. After losing her fiancee Dave Sanderson in a plane crash, she found love in Steve Jackman. They have been married for 33 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; and survived by her brother Mark; and husband Steve; and many, many, many friends. Memorial donations to Woodland United Methodist Church, 1100 W 15th St N, Wichita 67203. Memorial service to be held at 1 pm Sept 24th at the church.

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Published in Wichita Eagle from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2019.
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September 24, 2019
Steve, I am heartbroken as we can't come to laurie's memorial. I am having some serious health issues with my immune system and can barely walk. I will wear one of her shirts all day in remembrance of her. Things will get better. Larry and Dee
Larry Goodnight
September 21, 2019
My Precious LaurieMitchell and Steve Jackman I write this with so much love and Joy that we became dearly loved friends. I'm so glad someone found your picture on my wall, it doesn't justify the true beauty that you always walked in and I will miss so much. Still I know you are with Our Sweet Jesus with no more pain and we will meet again in our canoes Holdinghands with him in the Center. I will think of you every day with LOVE, JOY AND THE PEACE you showed to all that you gave to ALL MY sister and brother in Christ Jesus .
JoAnn Star
September 21, 2019
Laurie and I rooted for the same contestants on the Great British Baking Show. I tried to bring her lemon curd from London once, but customs confiscated it! Laurie was the best neighbor in our neighborhood.She was an artist and a sage. I loved her over the fence philosophy. She always brightened my day and convinced me that what ever current political debacle was unfolding would pass and then we'd have to worry about termites or possums in the cellar.
I miss her. I am so happy we decided to buy the crazy yellow house with red shutters and blue roof. Because that meant we got to be Steve and Laurie's next door neighbors.
We love you and thank you for the joy, the whimsy, the wisdom.
Cheryl Golden
September 21, 2019
After meeting you briefly at Dave's funeral, our lives crossed again at Woodland with your wonderful Steve. It helped my grief to see you and Steve, and your joyous life together. You brought joy to everyone you met. I will forever remember our deep discussions which often ended up in giggles. I love your art, your word smithing, your warmth and your laughter. You are gone too soon and will be greatly missed by many. God's blessing and comfort Steve.
Sabrina Perez Glatt
September 21, 2019
Laurie and I met at West High. In all the years following, I would see her various places and she always smiled and laughed. I loved her sense of humor. In high school we laughed about both having "Laurie" spelled the same way. (The right way, ha ha!) Others had the "Lori" spelling. Her happiness she shared so freely will be missed by all who knew her.
Laurie Giggy
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September 21, 2019
Court Graves
September 21, 2019
Although I never met Laurie, she was a good friend of my Mother's. My sister and I experienced Laurie's talent through several cards and shirts with her designs as gifts from Mom. This is truly a sad day for Laurie's family and those who called her friend. May she rest in peace.
Mary McCorgary
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