April 25, 1949 ‒ April 03, 2021
LEXINGTON: Laura Tarbert, age 71, peacefully passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus following an extended illness. She was blessed to have her son, Jared, and family by her side.
Laura Elizabeth Tarbert was born April 24, 1949, in Shelby the daughter of Charles E. Tarbert, Jr. and Dorothy Edna (Black) Tarbert. She was a 1967 graduate of Lexington High School and went on to attend Mansfield Business College.
Laura worked some time for Stevens Manufacturing which later became Essex Wire in addition to a short time at Therm-O-Disc. Folks around the Lexington area may remember her as the Hardees “biscuit lady” and for many years baking those warm buttery delights many enjoyed.
In younger years, Laura was very active with the American Kennel Club and she loved showing her dogs. She won many placement ribbons for her prize-winning Wire Fox Terriers. She drove all over the show dog circuit and loved watching the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She was an avid dog lover and her show dogs were her life.
Laura enjoyed reading, and especially enjoyed historical pieces about the Civil War, Native American history, and local history. Many times, she would attend modern pow wows to take in the dance, songs, socialize, and honor that culture and her distant Native American linage.
Some of her favorite actors included John Wayne and Charlton Heston and enjoyed watching classic movies like that of Gone with the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia. Some may consider Laura a bit of a “Trekkie”, as she very much enjoyed watching the varying Star Trek TV series and movies.
She was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield.
Laura will be remembered as a unique lady with a very memorable personality. Friends and family will greatly miss her sweet-and-sour energy, questionable sense of humor, history lessons, and stories. Above all, Laura loved spending time with her grandsons when she could and playfully bragging about them to anyone who would listen.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jared & Caitlin Tarbert of Lexington; three grandsons Blaine Tarbert, Declan Tarbert, and Liam Tarbert; brother Charlie Tarbert of Lexington; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Dorothy Tarbert.
Her family will receive friends 4:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, April 16, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Homes (2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield) where Laura’s memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 17, 2021 officiated by Celebrant Dave Roberts. Laura’s final resting place will be in Shauck Cemetery beside her parents.
Flowers may be sent to the funeral home or contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to: Lexington Senior Civic Center. Please write checks directly to the charity and bring to her services or mail to: 67 E Main St, Lexington, OH 44904.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Tarbert family. Share messages & memories with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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