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Laura Jean Corley

Laura Jean Corley, 55, of Pawhuska, Okla. went to be with our Lord on May 2, 2013.

She was born April 9th, 1958, in Chicago, Ill. to Frank and Patricia Overman. She was the second oldest of four siblings. On Nov. 1, 1980 she married Kenneth Corley in Houston, Texas, and moved to Pawhuska in January of 1981.

She had many talents and interests during her life; she enjoyed a career in modeling (Tulsa), she also worked for Osage County Elder Care before realizing her love and gift for children and began “Miss Laura’s Day Care” in 1990. During that time she cared for and helped raise over 60 children and begun raising a second generation. While also, she and Ken owned and ran the original Buffalo Joe’s Restaurant for 14 years.

She was very active in the community including serving in many roles in E.S.A. sorority, t-ball coach, cheerleading coach, Girl Scout leader, and an active member of the First United Methodist Church.

Laura enjoyed hosting many social occasions at their home, a home that she designed and built. She was an avid Huskie supporter and cherished attending her children’s and grandchildren’s events. She impacted her family, friends, daycare children and community with her caring spirit, her beautiful smile, huge heart, and love of life.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Corley, of the home; son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Stacy Corley of Broken Arrow, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law Courtney and Dusty Hendren of Pawhuska; grandchildren, Heaven, Colby, Addison and Madden of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Deacon, Savanna, and Levi of Pawhuska; parents Frank Overman (Annette), Patricia Overman; mother-in-law Evelyne Corley; brothers, Greg (Lisa), David (Beth); and sisters, Sharon, Eileen (Dan); brother-in-laws, Bob (Sharon), Ron (Cynthia); and many nephews and nieces.

Ms. Corley was preceded in death by grandparents, Patrick and Mary Kerwin, and Barney and Esther Solberg; and father-in-law Gerald Corley.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pawhuska with Rev. Kathy Morris officiating. Childcare will be available during service.

The arrangements are under the direction of McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home.

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