Cora C. Laird
1927 – 2015 died at the age of 88.
In Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was
Born May 3, 1927 in Clinton, Iowa
She was educated in State Center,
Iowa, received an Art degree from
Minneapolis, Mn and attended the
Music Conservatory in Marshalltown,
She moved to California to work in
the Defense Industry during WWII,
where she met and married Raymond
Laird. After the war, they moved back
to Iowa. She was a commercial artist
and designed greeting cards for Hallmark,
Gibson and others. Also designed news-
paper ads for such companies as Nieman
Silver company and RJ Donnelly.
In the 50’s she purchased a partnership
in a car dealership and moved to Humboldt,
Iowa and later purchased a Body shop
and towing company.
In 1969, she moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa
after she and Ray divorced. She worked at
Lillian’s, Gates Dept Store, Barkers Shoe
Store, Bloomquist music store all in Fort
Dodge. She loved to entertain playing the
organ at many clubs as well as gave lessons
at her studio.
In Sept. 2010, she moved to Cheyenne to be
near her only remaining daughter, Rayette
Laird-Reece. She is also survived by 2 son-in-laws,
Russell Reece of Cheyenne and James Phillips
of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a half-sister, Dora Sheffler
of Erie, Illinois a half-brother Merl Rosenthal of
Richland, Washington. Six Grandchildren, 11
Great-Grand Children, and 7 Great, Great- Grand
children. She was preceded in by her loving adopted
Parents, Adolph and Emma Papenberg, oldest
Daughter, Benita Mercier, youngest daughter,
Lynnelle Phillips, and a half brother, Martin
Rosenthal. Funeral Service will be held at Our
Savior Lutheran Church, 1:30 pm on May 16, 2015.
Interment will be in State Center, Iowa, at Hillside
Cemetery, May 20, 2015, at 2:00 pm.