Laurie Ann Maker – Strawberry Point

Laurie Ann Maker, 47, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died at her home in rural Strawberry Point, on Thursday, November 27, 2014. She was born on June 6, 1967, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Darwin and Lauretta (Beltz) Jones. Laurie was a 1985 graduate of Starmont High School.

On December 15, 1984, Laurie was united in marriage to Gary Lee Maker. Two children were born to this union. Gary died in 1996. Over the years Laurie had a daycare business, and worked in the Starmont School kitchen, Back Home Country Cooking, and Rod and Cal’s. She also worked at the Dyersville Big River Ethanol Plant. She loved cooking and baking. Since 2010, Laurie and Frank Coonrad have been enjoying their lives together.

Laurie enjoyed motorcycles, tractor pulls, and farming. She especially enjoyed their cattle. She was a leader of the Brush Creek Car Cruisers. Laurie was instrumental in starting the Strawberry Point Tractor Pull.

Laurie is survived by Frank Coonrad of Strawberry Point; her two daughters, Nicole (Dustin Chettinger) Maker of Garber and Samantha (Landon Shaw) Maker of Strawberry Point; her parents, Darwin and Lauretta Jones of Arlington; two grandchildren, Tori and Paytin; and her mother-in-law, Grace Maker of Strawberry Point.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Maker; her brother Darrin Jones in 2001; and her father-in-law, Ewald Maker in 1997.

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Celebration of Life Service: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Arlington United Methodist Church, Arlington, Iowa.
Officiating: Pastor Julie Ahrens

Visitation: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. , on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Strawberry Point, Iowa. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Burial: Cass Township Cemetery – Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Casket Bearers: Ron Ramsey Dennis Zabokrtsky Al Timmerman
Mike Dahling Steve Nachman Mike Maker