Laura Bell Blair was born Laura Bell Anner Branson to Lee and Libbie Branson on Aug. 11, 1925, at Hand, Ark. She died Nov. 13, 2012, at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 2 days. She was dedicated in the Missionary Baptist Church of Hand, Ark. Laura Bell married Arvis Junior Blair on April 14, 1946. They were blessed with four children: Cathy, Juanita, Joyce and Dale.
Laura and Arvis lived in West Plains, Mo.; Chardon, Ohio; Mountain Home and Conway, Ark. before moving to Salem where she has resided since 1980. She was employed by the Chardon, Oh. Public School System, Peoples Bank of Mountain Home, Ark. and was a trusted employee in private homes.
Laura loved family and friends. She enjoyed music and dancing, and often met friends for coffee and laughter. She gathered her family by hosting a Branson Reunion annually.
Laura is preceded in death by her husband, Arvis Blair; her parents, Lee and Libbie Branson; a sister, Ellen Lawrence; two brothers, George Branson and Raymond Branson, and a daughter, Joyce Ann Van de Grift.
Laura is survived by her brother, Charlie (Joyce) Branson; two daughters, Cathy (Tom) Lemon; Juanita (Wayne) Thomas; a son, Dale (Charolette) Blair ; eight gradchildren: Thomas (Tammy) Lemon, Christina Dawson, Todd (Erin) Lemon, Natalie (David) Millard, Leticia (Bronson) Melton, Jeffie Laura Thomas, Clint (Jennifer) Thomas, Joseph Van de Grift, Kelly (Rory) Foren, Amy (Jason) Cantrell, Crystal (Jeff) Allen, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Family night was held on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Cox-Blevins Funeral Home in Salem, Ark. Services were held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at Cox-Blevins Chapel, with interment following at Deweytown Cemetery in Elizabeth, Ark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deweytown Cemetery Association.