Laura D. Wash was born August 8, 1933 in Rosedale, Mississippi. She was the eleventh of fifteen children to the union of Sam and Pearl Ricks. All have preceded her in death except her baby sister, Gladys Harris.
She was married to Earnest Wash, Sr. on December 25, 1947, until he passed away April 1, 2010. They had spent 63 years together having eight children and caring for two sister whom they loved as their own.
Laura accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She was an active member of Starlight Missionary Baptist Church since 1968. She wore many hats, sang in the choir, worked on the usher’s board and many other roles until her illness. She loved the Lord, her family and church home until the end when she departed on Friday, August 23, 2019.
Laura was known for her homemade rolls, cream cheese pound cake and wild rice dish. Her most satisfaction and fulfillment came from serving others a hot meal. If you left her house without eating something, you weren’t at her home.
Laura was a dedicated wife and mother. Family meant everything to her. She sacrificed to make things better for her family. She spent her whole life dedicated to nurturing, teaching, developing her kids, grandchildren and any child that was in her presence with her unconditional love. She encouraged us to be everything we possibly could be and taught us how to face the world with confidence and pride. She showed us that what really counted is who we are inside. She had a heart and sweet spirit that could brighten any room. She never met a stranger who didn’t become a friend. She was truly a Proverbs 31 Woman.
God gave us Laura to love for far too short of time. But she has left her mark in everyone’s hearts and will be greatly missed by her five sons; Ernest, Jr. (Patricia), Arthur, Sr., Albert, Sr. (Donna), Lash LaRue, Henry (Trina), four daughters; Annette Grubbs (Joe), Barbara Powell (Jerald), Rochelle Gordon (Tyrone), Regina Woods, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Evangel Church. Visitation 9:00 A.M. Interment Forest Hill & Calvary Cemetery.
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