Laura Ann Henry, 62, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at her home near Millersville.

She was born July 24, 1953, in Oakland, California, to John and Hanna Holman O’Neill.  She and Steve Henry were married December 1, 1979, in Bloomfield, Missouri.

Laura was a 1971 graduate of Jackson High School and a 1975 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, earning a B.S. in Secondary Education.

She briefly taught school in Zalma, Missouri and taught several years at Cape Girardeau Public Schools.   Upon earning her agent license in real estate, she worked at Thomas Meyer Realty.  She and Paula Salzsman co-owned and operated the former County Seat Realty in Jackson.  She most recently did private residential cleaning until her health rendered her unable.

Laura was a member of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Jackson.  She enjoyed swimming, water skiing, horseback riding, and was an avid lover of animals.

Loving survivors include her husband of 36 years, Steve of Millersville; a daughter, Beth Davis and her son, Paul Davis of St. Louis; her mother, Hanna O’Neill-Petersen of Carmel, California, formerly of Jackson; a brother, John (Zochil) O’Neill of Cape Girardeau; a nephew, John Ryan O’Neill of Sacramento, California; and a niece, Jessica O’Neill of San Jose, California.

She was preceded in death by her father, John O’Neill; and step-father, Darrel Petersen.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  A memorial service may be announced at a later date.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Tim Pensel

    Steve, I am SO sorry for what you and Laura have been going through.I got your number from John, but was unable to make a connection. Get my number from John and give me a call, please!

    I’m thinking of you, buddy! Tim Pensel

  2. Patricia El Hajj

    Steve Beth & Paul,
    So Sorry for the loss of Laura. She fought a hard battle and is at peace now. I was so glad to spend the last time with her last October and admired her strength and the peace in her mind. We both knew it would be the last time we would talk and she did it with such grace and peace. She sure loved Paul and he made her heart smile!!!! The memories that will carry you all through the times ahead will bring peace to you as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Patty

  3. Carol Ruebel McEnroe

    Steve, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family. Just know that Laura will live on through you and that she is resting comfortably in the arms of our Lord.
    Carol Ruebel McEnroe

  4. Lonnie and Toni Wilke

    So sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. God bless.

  5. Marsha Birk

    What a bundle of love!! I came to know her through working at the cancer center. What a lady!! My prayers are with you as you begin a new journey but never forget her smile!! She was a blessing.

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