Elaine Laursen

Elaine Laursen, 90, of Vernal, Utah, formerly of Warrensburg, died Saturday, May 17, at her residence in Vernal.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg with the Rev. Hubert Neth officiating. There will be a private interment in Warrensburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

She was born May 11, 1924, in Johnson City, New York, to J. Earl and Laura McFarlane. In 1930, the family moved to Cincinnatus, New York, and Elaine entered first grade. She graduated from Cincinnatus Central School in 1942 with honors. She then attended the prestigious New York Conservancy of Music.

Elaine and Harold Laursen were married in Minnesota in 1946 and moved to Kansas City area in Missouri. In 1961, the family moved to Warrensburg. After the death of Harold, Elaine attended and graduated with honors from Central Missouri State College in 1966 with a degree in elementary education. She became employed by Warrensburg School District where she instructed in the music department for 27 years, retiring in 1993. Throughout her life Elaine taught piano lessons to hundreds of students after school and in the evenings for over 50 years.

After retiring, Elaine stayed active by continuing to play the organ for various churches in the community, playing at weddings and funerals. She was always available to play the organ or piano as she loved music. She moved to Utah in 2011 and enjoyed playing the piano at the assisted living center there. She passed away at her son’’s residence surrounded by his family at her side.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; brother, Robert McFarlane; sister, Dolores Oliver. She is survived by sisters Joyce (James) Buckley of Vancouver, Washington; and Carol (Don) Franz of Deltona, Florida; her children,– Thomas (Mary) Laursen of Alabama; Barbara Todd of Warrensburg; John (Kelly) Laursen of Utah; William Laursen of Kansas City, Missouri; and Hans Michael Laursen of Portland, Oregon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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3 Responses to Elaine Laursen

  1. Peggy Mistler Stokes Reply

    May 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Barbara, sorry for your loss.

  2. Sherilyn Maloney Mumme Reply

    May 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. I have so many fond memories of her, and her family. She was one of my favorite teachers in middle school, and started a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Her passion of music was contagious, and to this day, I’ll hear a classical piece and remember her stories during music theory. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP and Godspeed, Elaine. I know you are keeping everyone entertained with your grand piano playing in Heaven.

    Sherilyn (Maloney) Mumme

  3. Brenda Shell Reply

    June 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Mrs. Laursen made me feel welcome as a new student at Warrensburg Middle School, and she instilled in me a lifelong love of singing. Some of my favorite school memories are being coached and accompanied by Mrs. Laursen at music contests. She was the most cheerful teacher I ever had, and she is remembered fondly by many.

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