Laura L. Princ
Laura L. Princ was born October 28, 1932 in the home of her parents, Martin and Alberta (Meyer) Meier in the country near Westfall, Kan. She was the second of seven children. Laura attended the St. Paul Lutheran school through seventh grade and completed eighth grade at the St. Johns Lutheran school, both south of Lincoln, Kan.
Following graduation, she and her sister Anita worked at the Lincoln Grocery store to help support the Meier family. She worked at the store until she married Edwin Princ October 31, 1954. They made their home on the farm two miles west of Lucas. She spent all but the last 11 months of her life there.
Six children were born to Laura and Edwin, Barbara, Elaine, Carol, Doug and Janet. They lost their second child Diane a few hours after her birth.
Laura was fully involved with the farm all her life. She milked cows and fed baby calves. She raised chickens, ducks and geese, and dressed them for half of Russell County and sold eggs for many years. During harvest she shuffled med from field to field and saw that they were all well fed. Many hours were spent canning and freezing the produce she raised in her large garden to feed her family.
After retiring from the Dairy Farm, she spent her later years working at Heartland Hay for a number of years. Laura was also active at the Senior Center in Lucas.
During their children’s school years, Laura and Edwin attended their many school activities. Laura served as a project leader and then the community leader of East Wolf 4-H club. She saw to it her children learned to work at home and do well at school and she taught them to cook, can, and garden in 4-H.
As her children married and had families, she was always ready to care for the grandchildren. Nothing gave her more pleasure than spending time with her grandchildren and telling others about them. She enjoyed teaching them on the farm and keeping up with their activities.
This past September, a woman who served all her life was faithfully served by the staff at Parkview Manor in Osborne, Kan. She enjoyed the staff and her every requested started with “please” and ended with a “thank you.” It was there that she passed away on August 17. Laura is survived by four daughters, Dr. Barbara Brown-Applegate (Jack), Osborne, Elaine Patee (Darrell), Osborne, Carol Hoss (Terry), Kanopolis, Janet Kendrick (Rich), Canyon, Texas, and her son Douglas Prince (Joyce), Lucas; sisters, Anita Lewis and Lleanna Wollesen, Lincoln; brothers Clarence Meier, Salina, Kenneth Meier, Beloit, Clifford Meier, Lincoln, and Nolan Meier of Texas; 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin in 2008 and daughter Diane in 1956.
Funeral services were August 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sylvan Grove with interment in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Parkview Care Center in Osborne.
Rodrick and Minear Funeral Home of Lucas was in charge of the arrangements.