OBITUARY

Laurel Jane Marie Battles

December 19, 1931May 30, 2021

Laurel Jane Battles passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord early Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the age of 89 years old.

She was a dedicated civil rights advocate in her community and touched many lives. Especially in her work done over the course of 25 years with the State as a caseworker for Children’s Services. In addition to her fight for change Laurel was a devout servant of God. She housed the homeless, fead the hungry and clothed the naked. She always had a rosary to give, a prayer to pray, and a match to make.

Laurel wore many hats but the role she cherished the most was being a mother and grandmother. She retired in 1981 to become a full-time Grandmother. In her days of retirement, she spent her time crocheting afghans and hats, making pillows, teddy bears, and clothes with and for her grandchildren. Laurel was very skilled in all her crafts, however, her ability for rosary making was unmatched. She crafted one-of-a-kind rosaries for priests, pastors, nuns, and a whole host of people she loved.

Laurel leaves a legacy of fiercely courageous, compassionate, and comedic descendants- all of whom inherited her sense of justice, independent spirit, and a great love and respect for the Catholic faith. Laurel was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She will always be remembered for her strong faith, quick wit, charm, and love for sweets. She has taken her rightful place in heaven, where she is enjoying an endless amount of black liquorish and popsicles.

Laurel was well-loved and will be sorely missed for generations to come.

She is survived by four siblings, Gavin, Lloyd, Martha, Clifford, and her children Stephanie (Shelly), Ali, Julie, Mary Kay, Marjorie, Wendy, and Eric. She also leaves behind 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Laura Warren, youngest sister Sue, and her beloved granddaughter Akaia.

In lieu of flowers, our mother would be pleased with donations to Madonna House in Combermere, ON. Madonna House is an organization that was near and dear to her heart, serving those in need, throughout The Americas, and around the world, with the love and respect modeled and taught by Jesus Christ.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, June 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021

Memories

Laurel Jane Marie Battles

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Marrieana Sanders-Nabors

June 10, 2021

Our Grandmother means more to the world than any of us could ever put into words. A woman born in the 30s who managed to develop a strong sense of self, empathy compassion and understanding when intolerance ran rampant in the world. A woman who put herself before others. Our grandmother is the blue print that all of us were designed from. Strong willed, just and determined to make our own path and waves. Her magic is deep rooted, her love was true and her stories laid way to the best imagination any of us could ask for. A piece of her lives on forever within all of us. Her love knows no bounds and this includes death. We will see her, hear her and feel her in the jokes we tell, the stories we pass down, in the sweets we make, and in the love we share for each other. She was imperfectly perfect and we could not have asked to be a part of a better legacy. Our grandmother, our Gigi, we will miss you forever.
Now stop pulling your teeth out to eat sweets you Ninny Jesus can give you a new set now.
We would like to finish with a quote…

“What is grief if not love persevering” ~ Vision

Wendy Battles

June 9, 2021

I want to share just a paragraph of a story I wrote about my mother...

So how could I possibly do justice to this mother who has been this gladiator, this intergalactic warrior? She was Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Giamora, Elektra, and Okoye rolled into one. She was"SpitFire!". Momma was love and protection with a soft stroke of words and the drop of Thor's hammer leveling a forest. My mother was all this and more. She was the best mother in the world!

Mollie Washington-Jenkins

June 5, 2021

Was sad to learn of your Mom's passing. Lots and lots of memories with your family while we started our own families. Your mom was a strong woman who always kept family close. Wishing you peace in your hearts as you move forward. ❤️🙏

Sharon Luna Oliver

June 3, 2021

My memories of Laurel go so far back to my grade school days.I am Alice Luna McCoys sister.The relationship of the Battles and Mc Coy families is too special to put in words.It is a loving memory.Rest in peace Laurel