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Laura Carney

June 16, 1934 — March 5, 2022

Laura June Carney, 87, of Memphis, MO, died Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Clark County Nursing Home. Laura was born June 16, 1934, in Mifflin Township, now West Mifflin, Pennsylvania to William Perry and Edna Margaret (Lewis) Fawcett.

She graduated from Kane High School in 1952. After high school, Laura worked for Holgate Toys and Mellon Bank, and in late 1954 met a handsome soldier named Robert (Bob) Carney who had just returned from Korea. Bob and Laura were married on February 12, 1955, after a whirlwind courtship, and had five wonderful children in West Mifflin, PA, living just a block from where Laura was born.

While in Pittsburgh, Laura raised their children while Bob worked at the steel mill. During the Christmas season, while Bob was wearing a red suit at the mall, Laura worked at the Christmas train rides and a kiosk. She gladly served alongside him at Homeville Christian Church, as a youth group leader, Sunday School teacher, and deacon/elder's wife.

Laura and Bob moved to Memphis, Missouri in July of 1988. The Carneys joined the Memphis First Christian Church and continued serving in their new church. After Bob's passing in 2016, Laura moved in with her granddaughter, Rhonda and Isaac Houf, and was able to spend five years surrounded by several of her great-grandchildren, before eventually needing more full-time care. Church, family, and friends (and all combinations therein) were hugely important to Laura and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In her free time, Laura enjoyed watching old movies, especially musicals, reading historical non-fiction, and traveling.

Laura is preceded in death by her parents and husband, as well as her brother, Bill Fawcett-Frontera; sister Dot and Jack Watkins; and a grandson-in-law, Nathan Dunn.

She is survived by one son, Jerry Carney of Memphis, MO; four daughters: Robin & Ronnie Miller of Arbela, MO, Debbie & John Moorehead of Washington, PA, Lisa & Jay Schirk of Kansas City, MO, and Dawn Carney & Keith Harwood of Danville, IA; four granddaughters: Renee & Jason Brown of Springfield, MO, Rhonda & Isaac Houf of Unionville, MO, Nikki Moorehead of Washington, PA, and Lindsey Mundt, of Danville, IA; one grandson, Marcus Moorehead of Washington, PA; and nine great-grandchildren: Kadin, Jeriah, Annika, Elysha, Zebulun, and Nehemiah Houf, of Unionville, MO, and Carlee Mundt, Fisher Cloyed, and Sawyer Harwood, of Danville, IA.  Other survivors include her brother, Skip & Bev Frontera of TX; her brothers-in-law Jim & Audrey Carney of PA and John Bartek of PA. In addition, Laura is survived by her former son-in-law: Ed Waters, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

The family's memorial suggestion is to go to the IMO Camp Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services for Laura Carney, 87, of Memphis, MO will be held Thursday at 10:30 A.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with interment to follow in the Memphis Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 12 to 8 P.M Wednesday, 3/9, where the family will receive friends from 2-4 that afternoon as well as 6 - 8 that evening.

Laura passed away Saturday night, 3/5, at the Clark County Care Center in Kahoka, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to the I-MO Christian Service Camp Fund in care of Payne's

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At Payne's Wednesday  3/9
Wednesday 3/9,  open visitation 12-8
Family present   2 - 4 P.M. & 6 - 8 P.M.
Funeral Service
10:30 Thursday morning  3/10Payne Funeral Chapel
202 E. Madison St.
Memphis, Missouri 63555
Memphis Cemetery
East of Memphis
Memorial Contributions
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