Laurel Frances Mayberry
September 25, 1928 - April 29, 2021
Laurel was born September 25, 1928, in Napa, California, to Joseph and Alna (Herndon) Lowery. She attended grade school in Norwood, CO, and high school at Grand Junction High, graduating from Fruita High in 1945. Laurel attended Loretta Heights College in Denver for one year. Then graduated from Mesa Junior College in 1947.
She married George Mayberry in 1954. George retired from Prudential Insurance in 1988. He died in 2006. Laurel was previously married to Leonard Paquette. She was a secretary at the Grand Junction Veteran's Hospital beginning in 1948. She was employed at the Brentwood Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. During the uranium boom Laurel went to work at Atomic Energy Commission in Grand Junction. After becoming a stay at home mom for several years when her children were all in school, she started work at Mesa College. She retired in 1979.
Laurel was a member of Beta Tau Chapter of Epsilon Alpha Sorority for many years, serving as president and other offices. She was a 12 year member of the Grand Junction Senior Theater performing on stage and she also made many of the cast's costumes.
Laurel and George traveled extensively throughout the States, Canada, and Mexico, in their various motor homes. She loved camping, needlework, crosswords and reading.
She is survived by daughters, Denise Manzanarez (Robert), of Grand Junction; Debra Collins (Steve), Ft. Collins; Joleene Horn, of Lakewood, and Peggy Perry, of Grand Junction; sons, Michael Mayberry, of Grand Junction, and Tyler Mayberry (Kim), of Hotchkiss; step-son, Austin Mayberry (Janet) Kingman, of Arizona; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and brother, Dennis Lowery, of Grand Junction.
The Mayberry children wish to thank Dr. King and staff of Community Hospital Oncology Department and HopeWest for their warm, kind care towards our beloved mother.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. Viewing 10:00-10:30.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in her name, to HopeWest Hospice of Grand Junction.
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Published by The Daily Sentinel on May 5, 2021.