Mary Louise Laughlin Obituary

Mary Louise (Canady) Laughlin
Mary Louise (Canady) Laughlin

May 24, 1946 - March 10, 2019
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Mary Louise Canady Laughlin, 72, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at her home. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15 and a Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 all at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

Mary was born on May 24, 1946 in Des Moines, the daughter of Jane and Earl Canady. She graduated from West Des Moines Valley High School and Drake University, with a degree in education. She married Michael John Laughlin on August 9, 1969. He practiced law in Des Moines while she was a teacher in Johnston until the birth of their first son, Robert, in 1972. She then became a full-time mother and they had a second son, Michael, Jr., in 1974. Her world became her boys and she succeeded in being the best mother for which anyone could ever hope. She lived for her family and was deeply loved by her family and vast number of friends.

When she returned to the workforce, she worked at Drake University, impacting the lives of young people and maintaining those relationships for the rest of her life. She then worked for several financial firms before retiring in 2017.

She loved spending time with friends. Her encyclopedic knowledge of names was remarkable. She made connections so easily and effortlessly. More important, she maintained those connections. She was so generous with her time and was always available for her family and friends. After joining Kappa Kappa Gamma in college, she was extraordinarily active in her chapter for the remainder of her life. In a way, she had her “other” Kappa family, and fostered many memorable relationships, helping and advising young women over an incredible 50 years.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Laughlin of Des Moines and Michael (Ruple) Laughlin, Jr. of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Jack and Greenlee; sister, Betty Ann (Bill) Rabe of Apple Valley, MN; brother, Terry (Joyce) Canady of Emigrant, MT; her brother, Bob Canady of Des Moines; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary’s love for others, sense of humor, and phenomenal calligraphy were one of a kind, and she will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.






Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, March 15, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 AM