Laura Kay West
Laura Kay West, age 49 of Urich, Missouri died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Laura was born in Harrisonville, Missouri to Joy Harper and Gladys Harper Cox on June 3, 1968. Laura, one of six childen, attended Lakeland R-III and graduated in 1986. She went on to earn an English degree and teaching certificate from University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. Laura taught English to high school students at Lakeland RIII for 7 years before pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. She left teaching for law school at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2000. Laura graduated law school in 2003. She began her practice and eventually owned and operated a law firm on the Butler square. Laura was born to be an attorney. She loved what she did - helping others and advocating for justice. Laura was an active member of Butler Rotary Club where she served as former President as well as Assistant Governor for District 6080 and earned her Paul Harris Fellowship Award. She gave many hours of dedication to Rotary and the community service projects that Rotary endeavored. Laura lived by Rotary’s motto... “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” She was also a member of the Missouri Bar Association. Dedicated, self-driven, honest, passionate, youthful, and loving were only a few adjectives that describe Laura. In 1992 on a blind date, facilitated by her brother Charles Harper, Laura met her future husband Charles West. After that date she knew he was the one and they were meant to be together. Six months later they were engaged and 4 months after that they were married on March 20, 1993. Charles and Laura shared 25 years of life together. They raised their daughter Alyssa West and helped raise step-daughters Ashley West and Amanda Feo. They traveled extensively, had an overwhelming love for each other and their family, and lived unapologetically, without regret. Life at the West house was enjoyable and they were always looking forward to the next adventure. Those left to cherish her memories are her husband, Charles West of Urich, Missouri; three daughters, Alyssa West of Chicago, Illinois, Ashley West and Amanda Feo both of Kansas City, Missouri; two sisters, Evelyn Harper of Urich, Missouri and Joyce Eddy and husband Charles of Chillicothe, Missouri; two brothers, Clint and Charles Harper both of Clinton, Missouri; her mother, Gladys Harper of Urich, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Laura is preceded in death by her father, Joy S. Harper and a sister, Eunice M. Harper. The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Urich EMS and First Responders, Life Flight Eagle, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Midwest Transplant Network for all the care, love, and compassion they provided Laura and her family. *** Funeral services were October 14, 2017 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Bob Dennis officiating. Burial in Humansville Cemetery, Humansville, Missouri. Contributions to Butler Rotary Club or Register To Be An Organ Donor. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.