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Laura Jean Preston Conatser, 77, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Taos, N.M. Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
She was born Sept. 24, 1935.
Laura trusted Jesus as Savior when she was 7 years old and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Globe.
She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1957 with high distinction. She was a member and soloist with the GCU Choralaires for four years.
Laura joined the First Baptist Church in Winslow in 1959 and became a member of the choir that same year, singing solos and in ensembles. She was the choir director for 37 years and organist for 20. She started the Singing Christmas Tree when Lonnie Johnson was pastor, which continued until she retired.
She taught the church’s junior high girls class for about three years, the 2-year-old class for a year, was director of the third and fourth grade class for about 30 years, and director of the fifth and sixth grade class for about 10 years. She served as Vacation Bible School director for third through sixth grades for about 40 years.
Laura served as Girls’ Auxiliary leader for the Women’s Missionary Union for about 10 years, Baptist Women president for a year,
was on the Pastor Search Team twice, and was a member of the Worship Team and Church Council. She was also on the Association Sunday School Leadership Team for two years, and sang and played piano and organ for many funerals and special events.
She was selected as Citizen of the Year in the area of religion in 1982 by the Winslow Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, David Conatser; three sons, Kenneth (Georgia), Douglas and Roger (Joyce); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence; and her parents, Roger and Esther Preston.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her name to the PEO Educational Loan Fund (ELF), found online at Click on “Giving Opportunities” for donation options.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.