The Norman Transcript

January 5, 2013

Laura Lynn (Ladd) Fisher

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Laura Lynn (Ladd) Fisher, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in hospice care in Little Rock, Ark.

The services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Trinity Baptist Church in Norman with burial to follow at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Primrose Funeral Service. Services are by Primrose Funeral Service.

Laura Lynn was born Feb.11, 1934, in Dibble.

She married Jack Fisher on May 28, 1950, in Las Cruces, N.M.

In 1969, they started their own business, Fisher’s Body Shop. Devoted to her children, Tonya, Lisa and Jackie, Laura served as a homeroom mother and never missed a school or sporting event in which they participated. She would drive cross country just to see her girls compete.

Laura doted on her grandchildren, Calli Giles, Lars Vorpahl, Liam Vorpahl, Marcus Vorpahl, Justin Gaddy, Jack Gaddy and Jules Gaddy. She also thought the world of her nieces and nephews, too many to name, but they felt her warmth and love.

She was the glue in the family; the ultimate connector. She brought out the best in others. She always loved the people around her despite any shortcomings, weakness or limitations. She didn’t need a perfect family or perfect friends to be happy. She accepted people for themselves, and strived to be a better person each day.

Laura Lynn was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Jack; her mother, Mahala Ladd; sisters, Oleta, Nina, Onita, and Charlene; brothers, George, Winfred, Johnny Claude; and a daughter, Tonya Giles and son-in-law, Richard Giles.

She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Gaddy and her husband, Jay of Little Rock, and Jackie Vorpahl and her husband, Kai of Mills, Mass.; brother, Elwood Ladd and his wife, Donna, of Blanchard.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter, 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK 74137-4250 or online at

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