Laura Marie Awtry

December 29, 1925August 3, 2018

Laura Marie Awtry age 92 passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at her home. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday August 7 followed at 1 p. m. with a Service to celebrate her life at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge in Davenport. Friends and family are invited to a reception following the services at Indigo Café, 4925 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, IA. Burial will be at the National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice.

Laura was born on December 29, 1925 in Lacey, Iowa. She was the seventh of 14 children. She graduated from Beacon Iowa High School in 1941. She married Irvin Awtry on October 15, 1949. They were married 64 years. Irvin preceded her in death in July of 2014. Laura’s lifelong career as a seamstress began in many garment factories and continued with clothing store alterations and finally, self-employed. Many customers have benefited from her exceptional skills. She and Irvin traveled extensively including many trips when their children were young to the 1967 World’s fair in Canada, Washington, DC, Cape Canaveral, Key West, New Orleans and many other places. Later they joined a Naval Mine Warfare Association and traveled annually to various locations for their reunions as well as attending the 1986 World’s fair in Vancouver BC.

Laura is survived by her two daughters Cindy (Greg) Davis and Cheryl Corro, three granddaughters, Ashley (Phillip) Hall, Kimberley Davis, Lucila Corro and her fiancé Shayne Magstadt; one great-grand daughter Molly Hall and one great grandson, Maxwell Hall. She is also survived by her brother Glenn Stigers and sister Lucille Thompson and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and step father Edna and Bernard Loring, father and step mother Leland and Neva Stigers, in-laws Ruth and Silas Awtry and sisters and brothers: Melvin Stigers, Eathol Piper, Letha Nielsen, Opal Kitzman, Elsie Caves, Fern Roberts, Estel Stigers, Dale Stigers, Roy Stigers, Marilyn Steele and Naomi Roberts.

Laura’s family would like to thank all her long time sewing customers, who over time became dear friends. You all added so much to her life. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Genesis Hospice staff: Laryn, Kristin, Amanda, Tiffany and Kelsey for their kindness, care and support. Also, the Hy-Vee Pharmacy staff on Eastern, especially Tracy.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Laura Marie Awtry

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Mike Lanphere

August 6, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.I mowed her yard for five years and always looked forward to seeing her.She was one of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever known.
Mike Lanphere

Julie Wellmeier and Family

August 6, 2018

My Father, Earl Hill, and I were reminiscing recently about some of the fun times our families shared. I remember so many holidays together. We had such great times together always playing around, joking, and having good times; sometimes at the expense of others dignity, but always in fun. Laura and her family are one of the few relatives my brother, David, adored. We were all brutally honest yet held each other in unconditional love; a unique quality that Aunt Laura had perfected.
From time at the cabin on the river, to my fathers farm, to both our homes in Davenport, whenever we were together I cannot recall one single bad memory.
On a personal level: If it were not for Aunt Laura convincing my mom, Pat, to trust in Cindy and Cheryl teaching me how to be female I may never have learned any hair, makeup, or other girl stuff. I owe a lot to them all. Most my influences were either my brother or other boys and my mom wanted me to be a nun. I used to save things up to have Aunt Laura run by my mom, she had a lot of respect for her and the girls and they all made things sound so normal even if it was the early 70's!
I am ever grateful for the strong role models Aunt Laura and her girls were. All made it seem natural in our era to be business women. I never doubted I would have a strong career someday. I do doubt the Awtry's realize how much they mean to my family.
We may have all physically drifted apart, but all of us live on together in the beautiful and crazy fun memories we hold.
So much love from all of us to all of you.

Aunt Laura will never feel far off for me.

Kathy Meinert

August 6, 2018

I will cherish all my memories with Laura and of course Irvin. What a grand couple. She was such an inspiration to so many. She was always there when I needed her for any alterations. She was the most kind and compassionate person I have ever met and I feel blessed that I was a part of her life. I will miss talking with her, but it is a comfort knowing she is back with Irvin. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dee Runnels

August 6, 2018

Laura Awtry was a grand lady. She had class and a wicked sense of humor. I always enjoyed meeting with her. I'm sorry for your loss, but your memories of her will survive.

Linda Barker

August 5, 2018

Cindy and Cheryl,

So sorry to her about your Mom, I hope she did not suffer. I have so many fond memories of your Mom and your Dad. They were so proud of their girls. Mound Street will not be the same without them. May god be with you girls at this sad time. Love, Linda Barker

Dixon Family

August 5, 2018

It sounds as though Laura had a wonderful network of friends and family who loved her deeply and enjoyed her talents. May she continue to be remembered with joy, and in your moments of sadness may you all be assured of God’s promises. (Revelation 21:4)

Philip and Connie Davis

August 5, 2018

Cindy, Greg and Cheryl
So sorry for you loss.

We will never forget going to the race car museum with both Laura and Irvin the day before Ashley’s wedding. It was such a fun day.

May Laura and Irvin be reunited once again and run free in the Lord’s green fields.


Connie and Phil

Leslie Oates

August 5, 2018

Cindy and Cheryl-
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I remember her as being very kind and gentle when we were growing up. She seemed to always be smiling. This is a difficult time so please take care of yourselves.