Laura Elizabeth Davis
unknown - August 29, 2009
Laura Elizabeth Davis, 58, of Colby, Kan., died of cancer at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 29, 2009.
Laura was born to Richard Star Davis and Jeanne Turner Davis in Chestertown, Md., on Sept. 11, 1950. After graduating from Chestertown High School, she attended Chesapeake Community College and St. Mary's College of Maryland.
After college, Laura followed her heart to the mountains of Steamboat, where she met and married Chester Wheeler, and later met and married Bob Weiss.
Laura always had the best garden in town, and she always came home from county fairs with blue ribbons for her canned goods and baking. While undergoing chemotherapy at M.D. Anderson Hospital, in Houston, Laura knitted scarves for many family members, nurses and other caregivers, and worked on quilts for her sons.
Laura was a passionate environmentalist and won a governor's volunteer of the year award for the work that she did creating a recycling program in Colby.
Laura is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Weiss, and five sons: Matthew Sheridan Wheeler, Edward Canby Wheeler, Zachary William Weiss, Jeffrey Davis Vincent Weiss and Robert John Andrew Weiss. She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Davis; sister, Linda Davis; brother, Richard Davis; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Lewis Davis. Laura leaves behind three grandchildren: Courtney, Kacie Marie and Isaiah. She also leaves behind a niece and three nephews. Laura is survived by a wonderful friend and caregiver, Morgan Lusby, of Houston, and many other good friends.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Colby Methodist Church in Colby.
Laura's family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Steamboat Springs, and the attending nurses at the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Memorial donations may be made to the VNA and Hospice of Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive No. 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.