Laura Tarbert

April 25, 1949 ‒ April 03, 2021

Lexington, Ohio

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.

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  • I can remember going fishing with her at Clear Fork lake an how she would always talk about her dogs an the dog shows she had attended. She had a wild personality an a since of humor that only family an close friends would get half the time. Aunt Laura you will be greatly missed—we appreciated every thing you would do for us when you had the chance even if we didn’t get to say it to each other enough (or were on one another’s nerves) you were always there if we needed you no matter what. Love you always fly high and give everyone my love!

    Love always and miss you always,
    Becky Tarbert Shelton

  • Rest In Peace Aunt Laura. I wish I was able to spend more time with you. Between time and space, you know the rest, one Trekkie to another. Love your number one nephew.

  • Sweet memory. One Sunday many years ago Laura and Dorrie visited us. Laura had a bundle all wrapped in a blanket. I asked what’s in that blanket. She said with the biggest smile of a proud Mommy…. “my baby boy!” She was the happiest I had ever seen her. She was so proud to be a mommy.
    Condolences to family & friend Rest In Peace Laura Elizabeth.

  • Laura’s family…….I was so sad to hear of Laura’s passing. She was a good person. We rode on the same bus to school and I even spent a few nights at her home.
    Praying the good Lord will fill you hearts with wonderful memories of Laura and the times you spent together.

    Joyce “Leclair ” Cooper

  • Where to start… Aunt Laura was a big part of my life. As a child i have to say we had plenty of time spent watching star trek and highlander. She always welcomed me with open arms. I know we will all be missing you dearly.

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