By The Mercury

Laura T. Rigel, 68, of Blue Rapids died Sunday at her home in Blue Rapids after an extended illness.

Laura was born on April 28, 1945, in Topeka. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Salina, in 1963. She married Frank L. Rigel on Aug. 16, 1980, in Manhattan.

Laura worked in many occupations over the years, including being a maid in a motel, a custodian at Kansas State University, milking cows, being a Certified Nurse’s Aide, a substitute bus driver and a house mom for Twin Valley.

For 20 years, she was a newspaper carrier for the Manhattan Mercury, finally giving up that job when her health no longer allowed her to work.

She was a Girl Scout leader, a lifetime member of 4-H and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Frank; two daughters, Lenetta Thompson of Blue Rapids, and Lenice McCurdy of Blue Rapids; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a brother, John Carlin of Manhattan.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Barnes. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery, west of Barnes.

Viewing will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville, where Laura’s family will receive guests between 6 and 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Laura Rigel Memorial Fund which is to be designated later.  Memorials may be sent in care of the funeral home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.

Services arranged by Terry-Christie Funeral Home, Waterville, Kansas.  Condolences may be left on line at

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