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Evergreen Funeral Home & Evergreen Cemetery

4623 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY

OBITUARY

Laura Ann Wackenthaler

March 24, 1956March 18, 2020
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On March 18, 2020 Laura Ann closed her eyes to this world, and opened them to see the loving arms of Jesus. She got up from her wheelchair and ran into his arms. She loved and worshipped Jesus at Southeast Christian Church in Lagrange, KY.

Laura entered Oakwood, a home for the mentally challenged, when she was 23 years old. She remained at Oakwood for 27 years. In March 2006 her family was able to bring her home and she entered into a residential home with the CAKY organization. She was on a seven-year waiting list, and was accepted in 2010 to Cedar Lake Lodge in LaGrange, KY, the most caring and loving organization a person could find for their loved one. They were Laura’s family too, and she loved each and every one of them. She remained at Cedar Lake for 10 years.

Laura’s legacy is lengthy and impressive. She loved everyone. She never cheated people, never judged people, never hated anyone, never hurt anyone, never lied………her influence on this world was grand. She stirred all of us to appreciate what we have, be thankful for our health, be compassionate, and most importantly to be kind.

She showed us that coloring or having a book read to her can be life’s best pleasures. She even influenced a family friend to choose a career in nursing. She influenced us to stop and talk to all handicapped people, to just say “Hello” or “You look pretty today.”

Her favorite song was “Take This Job and Shove It.” She didn’t like her assembly line job much, putting screws in a small bag. She graduated from Melbourne Height’s Special Education program. She loved Johnny Cash, and saw the Johnny Cash play at Actor’s Theater. She went to Kenny Chesney concert at the YUM center, she went swimming once a month. She frequently visited the zoo and visited her sister Vicki at her home for walks in the neighborhood and birthday celebrations. She got regular massages and had her nails done and just was pampered as much as possible.

She was once called “handicapped” and ran to Mom upset and asking, “what does handicap mean” Mom replied, “it just means you don’t know all your colors” Laura replied, “Thank goodness (big sigh) because for a minute I thought something was really wrong with me. Jesus said, in heaven the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Well, Laura Ann you are first now, and will remain first for all eternity. We told Laura often that Earth is not our home, heaven is our home. She understood.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Juanita K Glover and Joseph E. Wackenthaler and her brother-in-law, Rick Sanders. She leaves to cherish her memory her sisters Marilyn Sanders and Sharon Sherman, nephew Chris Sherman and niece Jessica Sherman. Her sister Vicki, daughters Shelby Tudor, Danielle Tudor and nephew Thomas Tudor, her brothers Bruce and niece Aimee and her brother Steve, nephew Steve and niece Jill.

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Vicki Tudor

March 25, 2020

Laura, you were a joy to take care of and now you’re singing with Elvis and Johhny Cash. You taught me compassion and to be thankful. You’re free of your wheelchair sweetheart, never stop running and jumping. I loved you with my whole heart and soul!

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