Meadows Funeral Home
Laura Edwards Latham
November 5, 2017 From 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Westlawn Cemetery
Graveside Service
November 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Westlawn Cemetery
Laura Edwards Latham, age 70, died at sunrise on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 surrounded by family at her eldest daughter's home in Lenoir City, Tennessee. She was born on July 1st, 1947 in Oceanside, California to Marine father Fred and Aussie mother Carmel (Emery) Edwards. She graduated from Monroe Area High School in Georgia, Class of 1965, followed by earning her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Georgia.

Her first marriage to Tom Patterson made her a proud mother to two daughters as well as a "Texas transplant" with a career at Dow Chemical. Her photo vividly portrays one feisty female in her fabulous forties looking to be infatuated with more than frisky felines. On July 20th, 1991, Laura married the love of her life, Ike Latham, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Eight years later she suffered a stroke, the recovery from which guided her choice to retire at age fifty. She enjoyed traveling to spend time with friends and family in her golden years and recently celebrated her 70th birthday with festive family gatherings near Seattle, Washington. Laura had a charismatic wit as eclectic as her circle of friends, thus she can be characterized as both brazen and genteel. She was a formidable adversary in the game of Scrabble with a proclivity for counting her winnings in Monopoly. She will be fondly remembered as a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her loving husband of 26 years, Ike Latham of Texas; younger sister Karen (Charles) Weber of Washington; daughters Carlee (David) McClintock of Tennessee and Jessica (John) Griffith of Washington; and four grandchildren: Zoe and Lucan Griffith and James and Jackson McClintock. She is also survived by nephew Chip (Leigh Ann) Champion of Georgia as well as nieces Fran (Tony) Sheffield of Georgia and Emily (Laura Conklin) Weber of Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her elder sister, Bunny (Jimmy) Champion.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Laura touched are invited to gather on Sunday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m. at Westlawn Memorial Cemetery, located at 1900 Highway 11 NW in Monroe, Georgia. Pastor Dean Gross of Meadows Funeral Home will officiate services promptly at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or local hospice service. A celebration of Laura's life will also be hosted at her home in Clute, Texas at a later date.