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Laura Naomi Melloway, June 14, 1923 — Jan. 31, 2012, of Columbia

By Submitted by Memorial Funeral Home
February 3, 2012 | 4:48 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Laura Naomi Melloway, 88, of Columbia passed away Jan. 31, 2012, at her home.

Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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Laura was born June 14, 1923, in Fulton to Alvin Thomas and Mary Loretta (McRay) Sparks. She married Charles Robert Melloway on Sept. 15, 1939, in Columbia. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1997.

Her hobbies were her beloved grandchildren, growing flowers and creating ceramic pieces. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandma.

Laura is survived by five daughters, 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one sister. She was preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Heart Institute located at 1701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.

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