She was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of James Stanton and Carolyn Marie Ahrens Geer. On Dec. 10, 1976, in Otterville, she was married to Robert L. Holem, who survives of the home. In 1977, they moved to their present farm, which she affectionately called her “piece of paradise.”
Laurel was the secretary to the principal at Otterville School for 27 years. Her greatest loves were her children, grandchildren, gardening, painting, nature, especially frogs, and providing a caring hand for all children in the Otterville area. She was a member of American Legion Post 84 Auxiliary, Sacred Heart Church and a past member of the Otterville Booster Club.
Laurel and her husband have three sons, Robbie W. Holem, and his wife, Shelbie, of Belton, Obie W. Holem, and his wife, Lori, of Smithton, and Chris L. Holem, and his fiancé, Elizabeth Kilby, of Smithton; five grandchildren, Kristofer W.D. Kostopolus, Dylan M. Limpic, Dylanie G. Limpic, Robi H.M. Holem and Trey J. Holem; a brother, Rick Geer, of Sedalia; two sisters, JoAnn Morton, and her husband, Ted, of Smithton, and Mary Ellen Hunt, of Phoenix, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Otterville School gymnasium, with the Rev. Glenn Holem officiating.
Casket bearers will be Chad Raggsdale, Jeff McIntyre, Brian Aggeler, Rob Young, Terry Yokeley and Dick Ailor.
Honorary bearers will be Diedrick Kahrs, Bill Betteridge, Richard Best, Bob Hardey and Jim Halgren.
Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the school.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Bothwell Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.