Laura Belle Elliott Stilwell Peterson
Aug 10,1927---Sep 22,2020

 

Laura Belle Elliott Stilwell Peterson, 93, of Lenexa KS went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 22, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. 

 

Laura was born on August 10, 1927 to Horace Winfield Elliott and Helena Anna Louise Elliott (Wilkie) Laura grew up on a farm, and her children and grandchildren have fond memories of her telling elaborate stories during the Great Depression.  Laura attended Park College in Park City MO. She became a physical education teacher at Ursuline Academy in Paola KS to junior high and high school aged girls. During her time at Ursuline Academy, she also took private oil painting lessons.  She became an incredibly talented artist, creating oil paintings until her last days.  Her artwork will be forever treasured by her friends and family

 

Laura married Glenn Stilwell and moved to Manhattan, KS and later had her two beautiful daughters.  Debra and Roxanne. Laura painted photographs of soldiers stationed at Fort Riley and volunteered at Grace Baptist church with singing and specials with the choir.  She was president of Christian Women’s club and assisted with other various student ministries in and around the city.  Glenn preceded her in death in 1979.  Laura later married Virgil Peterson and moved to Salina, KS.  He preceded her in death in 2010.  She then moved to Lakeview Village and lived out the rest of her days enjoying constant activities and sweet time with treasured friends and family. 

 

Laura leaves her oldest daughter Debra (Bryan) Read, and children Casey (Cathy), Cody (Rebecca), Laura Catherine Read, Carrie (Ryan) Spray with children Grayson and Ellie Spray.  Daughter Roxie (Doug) Brensing, and children Helane (Ben) Downey with daughters Rylee & Emma, Brandon (Tess) with son Hudson, Tricia (Jeremy) Holliday with children Dean, Adalynn and Jeremiah.  Laura also leaves behind her 2 sisters Margaret Rose (Peter) Haggart with Jane (Steve) Somers and family, Rob (Amy) and family , Deanna (Doug) Clemence, Mitch (preceded her in death) Douglas (Sacha) and family, Lance and son Daylen, Step-son Greg (Leslie) Peterson and son Cayden. 

 

 

 

Wherever Laura was, there was immense joy present. She always attributed this contagious joy to her love for the Lord.  Laura was creative, strong, adventurous, and had a special fire about her.  She loved her family and friends well, and above all else had an unwavering devotion and love for the Lord.  Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her. 

 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be directed to Lenexa Baptist Church Missions Ministry, due to Laura’s love of telling others about Jesus.   

 



Condolences

Anna Mae Greiner Sep 23 ,2020

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

My friend Laura, will be missed especially on Mondays when we would paint together. Laura loved the Lord and lived her life as an example of that love. She was a positive person with a smile and a kind word for anyone who came near her. I will miss my beautiful friend.

Michelle Sep 23 ,2020

So sorry for your loss. This is a very difficult time but with God’s help you can get through it. He loves you and knows the pain you are going through. Soon he will wipe away death forever and all the pain and sadness that goes with it. Revelation 21:3, 4. www.jw.org

Mindy Kilgore Sep 24 ,2020

Hairstylist ,Salina ,Kansas

My deepest condolences to Laura Belle, she was a joy to have as a client and friend. Always enjoyed when she visited my salon. She will be deeply missed. God Bless to all.

Judie Royer Sep 24 ,2020

Neighbot ,Lenexa ,Kansas

What a joy it was to greet this beautiful, happy, smiling neighbor. I loved her moxie and admired her artwork, her jewelry and her clothing. She was a gracious, kind and loving woman. We shared stories of our love for our families and especially our sisters (we each had two)and I will definitely miss her.

Lisa and Arthur Smith Sep 24 ,2020

Friends ,Lenexa ,Kansas

What a joy it was to be in church with your mom! She was a joy filled person and the love of Christ showed through her. Our deepest sympathy to all the family as you grieve this huge loss.

Norma and Jim Redick Sep 24 ,2020

next door neighbors at LV Village ,Lenexa ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed having Laura as our happy neighbor. We would visit in the halls and share stories of church, art and music. Laura's love of art was great and when she moved in we found she had china painted while living in Salina. Our club met on campus and she joined us. A member of the club had a shop in Salina and Laura and she had met at that time. We will deeply miss the beautiful smiles and laughter each day. May God's comfort be with each of you at this time .

CALVERT L SMITH Sep 25 ,2020

friend ,SALINA ,Kansas

Laura will be missed by all. Her smile would always light up the room. When she smiled you couldn't help but to smile also.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Sep 26 ,2020
Time:
9:00 AM
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Event:
Celebration of Life
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Sep 26 ,2020
Time:
10:00 AM
Google Map: