Mary Davena Laue entered into eternal life on May 26, 2012 at the age of 75 after a short illness.
Davena was born to Elmer and Mary Porter on September 2, 1936 in Ottawa County. She attended Wyandotte Public Schools until she married John Laue on November 14, 1952. They lived around the Quapaw area during their 57 years together, running farming and cattle operations and raising their family before his passing in December, 2009. She was a devoted mother and grandmother (Nanaw) who enjoyed gardening, traveling to Branson, church activities and going to events that her grandkids were involved in. She devoted most of her adult life to serving God through church involvement, ministry teaching and music. She had the voice of an angel and sang at numerous revivals, weddings and funerals over the years. She also served as Youth Minister and Praise and Worship Leader at Spring River Indian Baptist Church near Quapaw in the 1970ís and later at Southeast Baptist Church in Miami in the 1980ís. Her true passion was mission work and during her most recent years, opened and operated Timberline Alms ministry in Quapaw where many needy people were served through the supply of clothing, food as well as spiritual teaching and Sunday morning lessons. She also started a ministry to serve the Micronesian community in Miami during this time.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Laue and her parents, Elmer and Mary Porter, She is survived by three children, John David Laue and wife Connie, Leann Laue Goff and husband Chuck and Lisa Laue Johnston, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren, Justin and Darci Laue and son Finley, Lindsay and Matt Duley and children Kaydee and Cash, Derek Goff, Carlee Goff and daughters Haylee and Zoee, Jonathan and Chelsea Johnston and son Samuel, Zachary Johnston, Joshua Johnston and Jeffery Laue. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Betty Klingenberg and husband Vic, Patsy Hollandsworth and Elmer Lee Porter and wife Janet as well as several nieces, nephews and numerous other family and friends.
She anchored her life based on Christian values and will be remembered by all as someone who was always willing to help anyone in need. Her heart was generous and her love of God and family were evident in her everyday life. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family.
Funeral services for Mary Davena Laue will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Seneca Cemetery in Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Justin Laue, Derek Goff, Jonathan Johnston, Zachary Johnston, Joshua Johnston and Jefferey Laue. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.