Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX


Lora Standish Lauderdale

June 7, 1930January 7, 2020

On January 7, family and friends of Lora (Standish) Lauderdale lost a unique treasure as the 89-year-old matriarch passed away peacefully less than two weeks after celebrating Christmas with her family. In almost scripted fashion, Lora took a final breath shortly after her daughters played gospel music for her by an early television favorite, Tennessee Ernie Ford. She knew it was her time even as those around her grappled with the fact that the end of the journey was near. Lora was a strong, resilient mother who, like her father, triumphed in raising four children almost single-handedly against long odds and doubting relatives. Once her children were grown, Lora was asked to care for long awaited grandchildren where she once again proved to be the ideal caregiver. Along the way, Lora defeated breast cancer, defeated cervical cancer, donated a kidney to her middle daughter Diane Holland, and lost Diane to Type 1 diabetes. All of these were merely bumps in the road for a woman with such amazing resilience. She will be missed but CERTAINLY not forgotten.

Born June 7,1930, Lora is preceded in death by her mother Marilla (Whittle) Standish, her father, Stuart Standish, her three brothers Amos Whittle Standish, Stuart Standish Jr. and Albert H. Standish, her husband Richard Lee Lauderdale, and her daughter Diane Holland. She is survived by son Greg Lauderdale, daughters Loralee Berg [Sheri], Rosalee Walker [Gary], son-in-law Rod Holland, and grandchildren Forest Allan Berg, Ryan Standish Berg, Coleman Martin Walker, Luke Standish Walker and Carly Rose Walker.

A Celebration of Lora’s life is being planned for February. Date, Time and Location will be added once finalized. We hope all who loved her will be able to come to the Celebration and tell and enjoy hearing some of your favorite ‘Lora stories’.


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Lora Standish Lauderdale

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Gary Jarosz

January 17, 2020

Dear Loralee, Rosie & Greg,

Your Mom always made me feel so welcome every single time I ever visited y'all back in the day. Lora had a very sweet smile, great sense of humor & warm personality. It gives me joy to know that she lived a long full life.

Sending my thoughts, prayers and sympathy to your family. Also, I miss Diane and think about her and y'all with very fond memories.

Love & Peace,
Gary Jarosz
RHS '76
Wimberley, TX

"We live as long as the last person who remembers us." (Native American quote)

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." (Helen Keller)

Beth Walker Haley

January 12, 2020

I’m Rosie’s sisters-in-law. I had the privilege to know Laura for probably over 20 yrs-since Rosie did us a favor to marry Gary. We attended Bday parties, Christmas or thanksgiving at Rosie’s, Lamplighter/ FWCD events, graduations and Colorado vacations. She roomed with my mother in CO. They wore matching snow boots.
Laura was an outspoken pistol-she loved her kids, grandkids, TX Rangers (especially Nolan Ryan), Jimmy Kimmel, flying Delta to Hawaii, funny jokes & stories. Grandma Dale was nicknamed Grandma Damn.
She’s a true survivor of much suffering, yet I never heard her complain. She lost her daughter Diane & her brother. Her hard work & giving was an example for her children & grandchildren.
Laura had an amazing laugh. Her presence on earth will be missed. God bless you LoraLee, Rose & Greg.

John Schneider

January 11, 2020

I’m a high school friend of Rocky Berg and Lora Lee, so over the 40+ years I’ve known them I remember Lora always having kind words of encouragement and a warm hug. Thank you Laura for being an inspiration to us all.
In loving memory!
John Schneider

Kenny Horiuchi

January 10, 2020

There were so many fun and memorable times Lora and I had together. One day a few years back it snowed and we made a snowman in front of our condos. We had so much fun that day. The many Rangers baseball games we went to or watched on TV. The dinners we enjoyed together. I will keep her in my heart forever ⚾️ Love You Lora, Kenny😊