Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR


Sybil Edith Todd Laing

October 16, 1939March 23, 2020

Sybil Todd Laing

Sybil Todd Laing died March 23, 2020. Sybil was born October 16, 1939, in Little rock, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her son, Todd Laing, her parents, W. J. and Lois Todd and sister Mary Jo Todd Pilcher. Sybil, was a dedicated wife, mom, momma, grandmomma, sister-in-law and auntie. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Nelson "Buddy" Laing, son Gregory Nelson Laing (Karen), and daughter Laurie Ann Laing, grandsons Nelson Laing, Justin Laing and Christopher Laing, and an extended family of cherished nephews and nieces.

Sybil was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church and the Saints and Sinners Sunday School class Hot Springs. Sybil served on the Board of Stewards, Executive Committee, Dream Team, Family Life Committee, Bereavement Committee, Mentors and the Mentees Group. She also served as a Lay communion Server.

Sybil graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1957 and the University of Arkansas with high honors in 1961. She taught English at Southwest Junior High School in Little rock, AR and at Benton High School, Benton, LA. In 1971, Sybil founded the Stitchin’ Post in Little Rock. It was the premier fabric store in bridal, fashion fabric, English smocking, heirloom sewing and quilting. Sybil owned the store for 36 years before selling it in 2007.

Sybil will be remembered for her abundant love for her family and friends, and especially for the love of her life, Buddy. Sybil and Buddy met in the seventh grade and their love and devotion to each other grew stronger every day. Sybil was known for her hospitality. She loved to cook for her family and friends and all were welcomed into her home with open arms. Sybil's calendar was full of birthdays of relatives and friends. She was always cooking and taking food to others. Sybil had a loving spirit and was kind to everyone. She loved her God, her Buddy, her family, her friends, and her church.

The funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs and a memorial service will be held at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Due to the virus, services in both Little Rock and Hot Springs will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials (in honor of Sybil) may be made to the Hot Springs United Methodist Church or a charitable organization of your choice.


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Sybil Edith Todd Laing

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Lesley (Self) Hicks

April 7, 2020

I don't think that there was a time in my life when Ms. Sybil (only said, of course when my parents weren't within hearing distance 🤭) wasn't a big part of my life.

From her and Mr. Buddy's friendship with my mom and dad ( Jewell and Barbara Self) from growing up to my growing up with their own children and still continue to have that friendship with Laurie!!

From school, to neighborhoods that we grew up in as children with them, to activities outside of these places as well as church, and just life in general! Ms. Sybil has always brought me fond memories of life, happiness, love, family... She said a high bar for an example I can tell you that!

With my greatest condolences to much love to all of you please know that you will always be in my mind and heart during these difficult days and know that we're here if you need anything as much as possible can be done.
With loving thoughts and prayers

Lesley Self Hicks

Daren Painter

April 6, 2020

It was my immense joy to share a decade spanning friendship with sweet Sybil Laing and I know her smile is brightening her new heavenly home today. There are those in life who leave a greater mark on one’s heart than others and Mamma Laing was surely such a person for me. Much love to you each in this time.

Diane Yarrington

April 3, 2020

Sybil and I worked together for 11 years. She was my friend, my boss, my twin (or so some strangers thought when seeing us together). She was a surrogate mother to my children, a hostess supreme, an incredible mother to her own children, a loving wife to the absolute love of her life, a friend to many. We traveled together, laughed together, disagreed sometimes, cried together. We shared life and love. Loss doesn’t begin to describe the feeling that everyone who knew her is feeling today.

Deanna Etheridge

April 2, 2020

Sybil was a good boss and a better friend. I have wonderful memories of working with her at the store. We shared lots of good times, a few sad times. We had lots of laughs together at work. She was always there for you in times of need. I will miss her very much as I know her family will.
My sympathy to the family. Wish I could be there to say I'm sorry in person. She was a very special person and a good christian lady.

Deanna Etheridge

Jan Ellison

March 31, 2020

Such a sweet lady, and good friend. She always had that beautiful smile on her face. We had so much fun with the Stutching Post and with our children in the neighborhood. Love each of you, you are in my prayers

Chris Shafer

March 31, 2020

I am so glad that this lovely woman was a part of my life. While we lived far a part and hadn't seen one another in years, we were friends on Facebook and I enjoyed following her posts. I was especially pleased when she "liked" or commented on my posts. It was always something special to me to have that attention from her.

I will miss her and her gracious spirit.

Stacy Peters

March 31, 2020

I met Sybil many years ago. We were introduced by Sharon Chandler. Sybil was a huge fan of The Joyful Noise, a gospel singing group I was in. Sybil had a way of making everyone feel special. She truly believed everyone she knew brought something valuable to her world. Our world was a much better place because she was our friend.

Sydney Gilbert

March 30, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Sybil's passing. You and your family are in our prayers.
Louis O'Quin & Sydney Gilbert
The O'Quin Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Marijon Partlow

March 29, 2020

Sybil was a lovely and amazing lady. Prayers of comfort for your family.

The Partlow Family

Dick Vroman

March 29, 2020

It’s been 35 years since I last saw Sybil. But I will never forget that smile. She will be missed. Buddy, I’m sorry for your loss. Dick Vroman