She was an amazing woman, a teacher for most of her life and a friend to many people,
Mum's greatest joy was that she lived long enough to hold her first great grand child who was born 2 years before Mum died.
This photo shows four generations.
In her younger days Laura was always beautifully dressed and I spent many hours sitting on the floor of the local dressmaker playing with fabrics while Mum had fittings.
If I remember rightly this black dress had exquisite beadwork on the bodice. Many of her clothes were made by her mother who was an excellent seamstress.
In her early years she was a bright young thing, teaching in country schools on the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas. Having come from a strict Lutheran family, she found the freedom as a young country teacher most exhilarating.
Here she is bottom right, dressed for a fancy dress ball or similar. In fact several of these young teachers were rapped over the knuckles and moved because some of the staid locals objected to their having fun. Mind you this was back in the twenties, so I imagine their fun was pretty harmless.