Laura Lee Iverson, 81, of Cambridge Idaho passed away on Friday April 22, 2022, at Sulubria Assisted Living Center in Cambridge. She was in the presence of her loving family.
Laura Lee was born in Caldwell, Idaho on March 25, 1941, to Edward Harold Goodson, and Violet Victoria Goodson. She and her older brother Edward Michael Goodson grew up in the Enrose community where they were surrounded by a large group of aunts, uncles, and family friends. They gathered frequently and engaged in a wide array of outdoor activities. She loved riding her horse, fishing, and hunting. Even as a little girl she had a well-developed fashion sense and loved dressing in the latest styles.
High school was always a source of many of Laurie’s pleasant memories. She loved to reminisce about her days as a head cheerleader, her time on the tennis team, and the many parties she was able to host in her parent’s basement. High school is also where she met her high school sweetheart, Howard Iverson. They married not long after graduation on June 21, 1959.
Together Laurie and Howard had three children, Vicki “Jeanene” Iverson, Gregory Howard Iverson, and Darin Brent Iverson. They raised their family in the Notus/Parma area. Laurie was able to remain a homemaker throughout her lifetime and was known for her amazing cooking, including her delicious bread. They supported the family by first farming and later operating their own machine shop. While the children were young she and Howard raised and showed horses, something she thoroughly enjoyed. And in among many other interests she enjoyed gardening, creating gardens that not only fed the family but were laid out like works of art.
In June of 1969 Howard and Laurie were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Laurie loved people and was always eager to share her love for the Bible with others. She spent many hours conducting bible studies and drawing others to a knowledge of her God Jehovah. As a family they loved to attend conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses and often incorporated them into their family vacations, attending them as far away as Canada and Mexico. In 1991 she and Howard went to Columbia and Ecuador to do volunteer work (as need greaters) at the area branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Laurie also expressed her love of people through her knowledge of herbs. She and Howard started a successful business selling Chinese herbs. But Laurie’s main concern was helping people and she often gave away her products at no charge to those in need. Her kindness and concern for people was evident in her generosity.
After 45 years Laurie’s marriage ended. Laurie was always interested in exploring new places and was able to use her remaining years living in various parts of Idaho. She also was able to spend large amounts of time with her grandchildren.
Her grandchildren wrote that their grandma was someone who appreciated beautiful things, cooked delicious meals for her family, and found ways to make everyday tasks fun. They remember her as the life of the party and as someone who genuinely wanted everyone around her to have a great time as well. She will always be loved and missed and we will not forget all of the wonderful memories we have of her.
Laurie is preceded in death by her parents Edward and Violet and her daughter Jeanene and her daughter’s husband Cal. She is survived by her son, Gregory Iverson and his wife Kay, Darin Iverson and his wife Donna, her brother Eddie Goodson and his wife Mahala and her nine grandchildren, Alex Iveson, Nikki York, Mikhail Iverson, Ian Iverson, Toria Neill, Laurann Franco, Wyse Iverson, Dace Iverson, and Josalyn Iverson and two great grandchildren Carson and Theo York.
Much thanks is to be expressed to her surrogate family at Salubria Assisted Living Center, Barbara and all of her staff as well as Canyon Home Care and Hospice took care of Laurie with gentle love and attention and are greatly appreciated.
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