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Laura May Tewell

January 2, 1939 February 27, 2019
Laura May Tewell
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Laura May Tewell was born on Jan. 2, 1939 in Cane Hill, Arkansas, to Dean and Ruby Remington. She was the second child and the oldest daughter in a family of nine children.

Laura attended high school in Lincoln, Arkansas, where she became involved in the Future Farmers of America where she raised a calf for market. In time, she sold the cow and used the proceeds to move to Tulsa, where she wanted to go to business school.

It was a decision that changed her life for the best. While in school, she accepted an invitation from a good friend named Sue Frommel to meet a nice man who worked with her husband, Bob, at Rainbo Bakery. That introduction to Frank Tewell led to a 49-year love affair that fully defined both of their lives. Their happy marriage produced three children, Carl, Susan, and Teresa, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Although she had a knack for business, family was Laura's true calling. She was devoted to keeping a loving home and was deeply involved in her children’s lives. She volunteered for the PTA, served as den mother to Carl’s Webelos Scout group, and nurtured her daughters' interest in cheerleading. She also volunteered as a teacher’s aid at Clinton Junior High.

Extended family was always important to Laura. She had an abiding friendship with her sister-in-law, Melinda Tewell. She loved to take her family to visit brothers and sisters and her mother in Arkansas and Missouri. Many trips were made to the farm near Cane Hill, Arkansas and to the town where Laura’s mother eventually moved, Prairie Grove Arkansas. There she would see not only her mom but her brothers and sisters including Terry, Lois, Sheila, and Tim. She also took her family to see her brothers Don, Lee, Kenneth, and Frank in Missouri.

Of course everyone knew you didn't have to be blood to be treated like family by Laura. The Tewell house was a second home to countless neighborhood children, a safe place where each of them was welcomed like one of her own. There was always an extra kid in the family car on summer vacation, and if someone needed a place to go for the holidays, her door, and heart, was open.

She was eternally thoughtful and kind, always first to lend a hand to someone in need. She loved being able to help her children and grandchildren, whether it was with her time, her advice or financial assistance to pay for school or that first car.

She was devoted to her dog, Jasper. Her face would light up when we brought Jasper to see her in the
later years of her life. Sometimes we wondered if she loved Jasper more than us!

Laura's life was defined by love, and at the center of it all was her partnership with Frank. In many ways, she did not get past his 2008 death from cancer. While he was ill, both mom and dad expressed their faith in God. When he passed a few short weeks later it was harder for her than we even understand today.

Laura continued her selfless ways throughout her final years, and though she suffered much in her latter days we are thankful for all 80 of her years she was with us. She had experienced some forgetfulness but her mind was sharp enough she could have a conversation. She provided comfort to Carl when she cried with him after she was informed his daughter, Carla, passed away in January of this year. She served as a light to those around her and a constant reminder that, while not perfect, family is vital enough that we should lay aside differences and walk in forgiveness to one another.


Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Dean and Ruby Remington, two of her brothers, Don and Frank Remington, one sister, Sheila Remington, and one granddaughter, Carla Tewell. Survivors from the Remington family include 4 brothers, Ken Remington, Lee Remington, Terry Remington, Tim Remington, and one sister, Lois Cooken. Her family survivors include her three children, Carl Tewell, Susan Nicholson, and Teresa Muir. Surviving grandchildren are Nicole Graham, Rachel Graham, Sarah Graham, Jessica Nicholson, Sean Tewell, Jared Tewell, Tabitha Tewell, John Muir, and Luc Muir. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Caiden Tubbs, Lily Graham, and Riley Graham.

When she passed on February 27, 2019, Laura was surrounded by her children, guided by their love from this life into the next where Frank and Carla and countless others whose lives she'd enriched were waiting to welcome her.


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Graveside

Friday

1

Mar

2:00 PM 3/1/2019 2:00:00 PM
Bixby City Cemetery

6082-6498 E. 151st Street South
Bixby, OK 74008

Bixby City Cemetery
6082-6498 E. 151st Street South Bixby 74008 OK

Memorial

Saturday

2

Mar

1:00 PM 3/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home - Westwood Chapel

4424 S. 33rd W. Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107

Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home - Westwood Chapel
4424 S. 33rd W. Ave Tulsa 74107 OK
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