Laura Jean Warner passed away in her sleep on Friday, April 21st, 2023, surrounded by family at age 62.
She had very little suffering from the cancer that was found far too late. Laura was born March 4th, 1961 in her beloved town of Lawrence. She graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School in 1979, followed by a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washburn University.
The oldest of five siblings, Laura is preceded in death by her father, Donald “Don” Curran, and survived by her mother, Sharon (Houk) Curran. She is also survived by her son, Nathan (Hannah) Warner of Waukee, IA, her sister Christy Curran of Lawrence, her three brothers Randy (Becky) Curran of
Carbondale, KS, Jeff (Joyce) Curran of Brainard, MN, and Don Curran II, of Lawrence, grandson Edison Warner of Waukee, IA as well as more cousins and extended family than anyone could possibly keep track of. Yet she still managed to love every one of us completely.
On her birthday in 1985, Mom had me. As the most loving, accepting, kind, and entertaining person I have ever known, it’s not surprising that she took to motherhood the way she did everything else: completely, and in her own way. Whether standing her ground against local hate groups in the 90’s, taking a scout troop on week-long backpacking and canoe trips, or completely decked out in crimson and blue, cheering for the Jayhawks at Henry T’s, Laura was anything but boring. I’m so proud to have had her as a mom.
A few years after college, she found her home in the Finance Department of the City of Lawrence where she would retire 28 years later. The fierce friendships she made here were some of her most cherished. A highlight of her retirement was her monthly luncheons with her fellow city retirees. Frankly, it’s hard to think of these extraordinary women as anything less than a second family.
Laura was insistent on foregoing a funeral service. Instead, the family will be holding a celebration of life for friends and family in Lawrence at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com
Messages & Condolences
My deepest sympathy. I went to school with Laura (different class) and later worked along side her for several years when she worked for the City and I worked for the county. Keeping your family in prayer
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Laura from working at City Hall in the 90’s. She had the best smile and a fun personality!
I am sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. I worked with her for several years at the City. She was always a big help to me and she had that great, dry sense of humor. She never seemed to let anything get to her too much.
My condolences to her family and friends.
Nathan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Laura always had the most beautiful smile on her face. I worked with her at the City, where she was always nice and always willing to help with any problems you had. She will be missed, but it is comfort to know that she is in a better place and pain free watching over Nathan and her family. God Bless, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nathan, I’m so sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy to you and your mom’s entire family. I always enjoyed working with Laura at the City and considered her not just a co-worker but my friend. Her face would light up when she would mention your name and she was so proud of you! Laura will be deeply missed but I hope you find some comfort and peace in all the fond memories you shared together. RIP Laura!
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Laura for many years at the City of Lawrence and always enjoyed her helpful nature, positive attitude and infectious laugh.
Nathan, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom‘s passing. She was a kind soul, and a good mama. You’re in my thoughts.
My condolences to the family of Laura. So very sorry for your loss. Will miss her at our luncheons.
“Our heart goes out to all the family and friends Laura held in her heart. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.”
My since condolences to all of the family. Mom, Christy, Nate, my heart is breaking for you, I’m so so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace sister. I miss you. ❤️❤️
So sorry for your loss. I feel like I lost my sister. We had some fantastic times together. So glad I had the chance to do things with her.