CHARLESTON - Laura A. Nevels Crawford, 88, died Aug. 10, 2006, at her home.
Born March 16, 1918, in Deventer, daughter of the late Arthur and Eliza Lucas Nevels, she was a lifelong resident of Missouri. She was one of the founding members of Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Deventer, serving as the first church secretary for over 15 years and a member of the usher board. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho, the Eastern Star and the NAACP. She retired from the University of Columbia after 20 years of service and returned to Charleston where she was employed with the Green Thumb Program and worked for the Charleston Elementary School and the Charleston Nutrition Center, retiring for the second time in 1996.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan and Rose Crawford of Kansas City and Charles and Benita Crawford of Kansas City, Kan.; one daughter, Brenda Crawford Wiley of Charleston; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of services at noon Saturday at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston. The Rev. Murry Williams will officiate.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery near Charleston.
Williams Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge of arrangements.