Laurel Dee Cole

Laurel Dee ColeCole, Laurel 2


Laurel was born in Seneca, Missouri to Carl and Marjorie Diggs. She grew up loving cats and catching baseballs for her older brother who gave her the nickname “Digger”. She lived in Neosho during her high school years where she met a boy from the country who would become her lifelong sweetheart – John Dee. John and Laurel dated until he went off to college and then they decided to try dating other people – a fact that her mother was unaware of. When John Dee came home from college to visit Laurel, her mother met him at the front door with his high school ring and said that Laurel had been “running around on him”! Laurel quickly ran out the door to stop him from leaving and that was the end of “dating other people”. From that point on John and Laurel’s love story spanned more than fifty years.

They had great adventures traveling through Europe when John was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany. Upon returning to the states, they lived in a handful of states throughout their marriage and made many friends. While in the Washington D.C. area they started a congregation of the Church of Christ in the basement of their home. Hospitality and serving were just two of Laurel’s talents. She enjoyed reading, cross stitching, and bird watching. However, her most cherished times were when she was spending time with her family. She never hesitated to stop what she was doing to listen to one of her children. She had a knack for making a person feel as if they were the most important person in the world. Her calm, gentle and loving nature were ever present. When the grandchildren came along she delighted in spoiling them with her famous zucchini bread and hugs. Nana was the best! Her hugs were warm and frequent, and her smiles never seemed to end.

Laurel is survived by her husband, John Dee Cole of Guthrie, Oklahoma, her son John and his wife Aubrey of Crescent, Oklahoma, her daughter Suzanne and her husband J. of Katy, Texas, and her son Matthew and his wife Mindy of Guthrie, Oklahoma; 9 beautiful grandchildren, Mikala, Katelyn, Kristina, Hannah, Hannah, Jenna, Cayden, Gavin, and Sophie. She is also survived by her sister Relda Statz of Kingman, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marjorie Diggs, and brother, Lester Diggs.

While we are sad to not have her with us we know that she has received her reward. She has left a legacy that lives in each of our hearts – a legacy of love. She would want each of us to remember to love God and to love each other.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

~ I Corinthians 13:13

Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Deer Creek Church of Christ in Edmond, OK with interment at 1:00 p.m. at Crescent Cemetery in Crescent, OK.

10 thoughts on “Laurel Dee Cole”

  1. Mrs. Pat Beech

    I am so sorry for your loss! She lived an exemplary life. Be the best you can be to honor her and her contribution to your character. She rests. Most lovingly, Mrs. Pat Beech

  2. Jim and Stacey Walker

    Prayers for each and every one of you during this difficult time in your lives. It’s always hard to lose a loved one, especially your mom. Thinking of you during the days ahead.

  3. Kim Doerksen

    Laurel was so kind and so calm. I don’t know if I ever saw her without that beautiful smile. She was a great Christian woman. I am sorry for your loss, but you have the comfort of knowing she has gone to her heavenly home. My prayers are with the family.

  4. Stacy Orgill Passey

    We’re so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She always was so kind and happy. She made your home a warm and loving place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Laurel. Although we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Laurel personally we do understand the pain of losing one so dear, we would like to share with you comfort we have experienced from Gods word found in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Our Heavenly Father is truly a wonderful source of comfort, he is always there for the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit ( Psalm 34:18) Please take a few moments, share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories shared are the ones most truly cherished, may they bring you comfort and peace as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.

  6. John D
    I’m sorry to hear about Laurel. She will be missed deeply by you and your family. You have many wonderful memories to share with your grandkids.


  7. Jean Kyle Kelly

    So sorry to hear of Laurel’s death. She will be missed by her classmates in the Neosho (MO) Class of 1966. I just mailed a birthday card to her yesterday to commemorate her 70th birthday. Wish she was still with us. Condolences to the family from all of us.

  8. My sincere condolences to her family. Sure is sad when we lose one of our classmates. It’s apparent she was very loved and loved everyone around her.

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