Laura B. Burr

REED CITY — Laura B. Burr, 84, of Reed City, passed away at her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, after battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.

She was born on March 2, 1931, in Big Rapids, the daughter of Clifton and Margaret “Elizabeth” (Bolton) Fredrick. Laura married Spencer Burr on Oct. 10, 1955, at the Big Rapids Hospital. Together they raised their family in the Big Rapids and Paris areas.

She was known as the “flower lady” because of her extravagant flower garden. Laura collected Teddy bears and bells. She enjoyed bird watching, raising chickens and her dogs.

Laura is survived by her husband of 60 years, Spencer Burr, of Reed City; three children, Christine (Melvin) Cooley, of Big Rapids, DuWayne (Carol) Burr, of Hersey, and Clifton Burr, of Rogers Heights; daughter-in-law, Linda (Gray) Norris; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ardis Lowden, of Big Rapids; aunt, Emma Bush, of Big Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Fredrick; sister, Louise (Jay) Howe; son, Perry Gray; infant son, Freddy Gray; teenage granddaughter, Jessica Gray; and brother-in-law, Jim Lowden.

Upon Laura’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice. Envelopes may be picked up at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.

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