Mildred M. Laws

Jul 09, 2013

1919  — 2013

WAYNESVILLE –  Mildred Messer Laws, 94, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Conley and Cora Mae Gibson Messer.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Henry Laws, who died in 2003 and a son.  She was a member of Hyatts Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson County.  Mildred enjoyed making crafts.

She is survived by a daughter, Opal Elders of Bethel; three granddaughters, Connie Elders-Milner and her husband, “Bubba” of Bethel, Donna Elders-Stout and her husband, Terry, of Candler and René Elders-Clontz and her husband, Fred, of Whittier.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Cayton officiating.  Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Community Cemetery Fund, 154 Kelly Springs Road, Waynesville, NC  28786.

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