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4041 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA


Laura Dawn Barber- Chano

June 5, 1955August 30, 2020

Laura Dawn Barber Chano June 5th 1955-August 30th 2020

Laura Dawn Barber Chano, (65), passed away on August 30th 2020 in Sacramento, CA after a long battle with diabetes. She was the loving daughter of Ann & Bill Barber. She is also survived by her daughter Oltipa, sons Houston (Ciarra) and Gregory (Lisa), and grandchildren William, Wyatt, James, Alexis, Alyvia, Megan and Moria.

Laura was a proud Native American of the Wintun Tribe. She was a hard working single mother who cared for everyone she came in contact with. Anyone who knew her knew she was a force to be reckoned with. She enjoyed watching baseball and WWF/WWE wrestling, camping, cooking, native music and spending time with friends. She loved the company of her grandchildren, holidays, and every member of her family. Laura retired from the state of California after 40 dedicated years of service. Her presence will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the caring professionals at Kaiser South.

Due to the current public health restrictions, the celebration of life will be postponed. The announcement will be made at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Laura Dawn Barber- Chano

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Ashika Singh

September 10, 2020

Laura was one of my first supervisors when I started with the State. She taught me the ropes and professionally helped to mold me into the person I am today. She always held a special place in my heart and I’m heartbroken to find out that she is gone. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. <3

Sharon McCutcheon

September 5, 2020

Laura and I worked together at EDD and took on site accounting classes. I quit after 3 classes but Laura took all classes offered then attended DQ University until she got a degree.

During here personal hours she was frequently hard to meet up with or locate because she went by Indian Time. She might be taking her children to museums and Crocker Art Gallery or other places where they could learn of the beauty and wonders of our world.

I think of time we went to the animal auction at Denio's in Roseville. She bid on a sick pig ,as old men laughed and mad rude remarks. We wound up taking the pig home so she could nurse it back to health. Another time Laura and my son decided to "fix" my microwave. Houston was 2 at the time. Laura and David were old enough to know they didn't have a chance at getting this working but that didn't stop them from setting it on my living room carpeting and taking it apart. Houston wanted to help but they fired him because he was trying to stick the tools in the electrical outlet. For some reason we laughed about that often. The microwave went in the garbage can and Houston grew up to be a wonderful young man.

Laura road a bus and a train to Kingman AZ when I moved from OK so she could help me unload a trailer . This was Nov 2011. We spent a couple night is a Motel 6 until papers were ready to sign. My Aussie "Buddy" had never seen her but as soon as she choose her bed my faithful companion jumped on it with her for the stay.

Laura was a living Sara Lee. Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee. 30 years of knowing her wasn't long enough .
Gregg, Tipa, Granny and Houston I'll be missing Laura the rest of days on earth along with you. Sharon

Cheri Bailey-Dozier

September 4, 2020

Laura, you were my first supervisor at the State. But you were so much more than that. You were an awesome person who took care of business, but led with your heart. I'll never forget your kindness as my new boss when my father was very ill and eventually passed away, you took all the job stress away, and that time for me was and still is golden. You did it again for everyone when 9-11 hit. You were always just so damn human first! You will be missed. God bless your family, you were always so proud of them. God speed girl.
Much love, Cheri

Michelle Hoffman

September 4, 2020

Laura was a very kind and caring person who always had a big smile! She hired me and brought me to the EDD family in 2002. I will always be grateful to her for that. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to her loved ones and hope you find comfort and smiles in your memories with her.

Amy-Lou Christensen

September 3, 2020

Laura and I worked together at EDD for many years. She was always fun to be around and so knowledgeable and always ready to help her coworkers with questions about work or personal. Laura you left us too early. RIP. I’m sorry for your family as you will be missed

Larry Bewley

September 3, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to the family I've known Laura since we were 12 years old seventh grade hadn't seen her much in the last 20 years I often thought about her and how she was doing she was always really good to me she took me my wife and daughter in when we were kids and had no place to go did charge me a penny she will surely be missed God bless all of you

Sandi Baker (Stevens)

September 3, 2020

My heart broke when I recieved the call, she was like a sister to me. She was one of my best friends over the past 25+, we watched our children grow up and become mothers and father. She was a proud lady and what I like most about her was she said it like it was whether you wanted to hear it or not. I have so many memories of her that I will cherish for my lifetime. To Ann, Tipa and Houston I was so lucky to have her be a part of my life, I will miss her smile and laugh and her salsa (smile). She was truely a great lady and was always there when anyone needed her. I will truely miss her, until we meet again my friend.

Jayne Nielsen

September 3, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Laura's passing. We shared several things in common, our Birthdays (June 5) and we worked at EDD together, are just two. I remember the year of the CA floods, Laura and I had to literally break every speeding law to get home before they closed I-5 & 99 at Dillard Rd. We both made it....barely. There are other wonderful, funny stories from our time at EDD...too many to name. But wonderful and funny sum up Laura in a nutshell. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Jennifer Gonzales

September 3, 2020

Laura was a beautiful person who was so kind & thoughtful. Even though I haven’t seen her in years she will be missed.

Ciarra Chano

September 3, 2020

We love and miss you so much Laura. We are so grateful for all the love and memories the girls and I have. From baking with the girls to Crazy family vacations to holidays at home, you would drop everything just to be present with our girls and those are memories that are irreplaceable. You’ve loved on us all and have truly made an impact in my girls lives. I’m so grateful to have had the time that the girls and I did. You will be forever missed and loved by us and we rest assured knowing we’ll meet again someday.
Until then, we love you more 🤍


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