Lauralee Ann Inman passed away on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 82.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020 and will be followed by the funeral service at 5:30 PM, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205.
Lauralee is survived by her Daughter, Rhonda Inman, her Son, Kenneth Inman, and her Daughter-In-law, Paulette Inman. She is also survived by her Grandchildren, Stephanie, Kenny Jr., Kyler, and Kalon Inman. Her Great-Grandchildren, Beatriz, Kenny III, Leliana, Amiyah, Adelyn, and Jensen. She is also survived by her Granddaughters-In-Law, Angela and Laresdanya. Also her Cousins Kim, Mike, Ron, Doug, Melissa, David, Derek, Emily, RJ, Patty, Katie, Chrissy, Brianne, Richard, and Benjamin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Virginia Gipson, and her loving husband, Ronald Inman.
Lauralee was born on December 7, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Frederick and Virginia Gipson. Lauralee was the only child.
She had a wonderful childhood, born to the “BEST” parents in the world. The Gipson family was very close and they spent a lot of time together. They would always visit family and friends and have yearly family reunions and would take many trips to Indiana to see family. She loved to travel up to the Cherry belt and Mackina Island to watch the Big Boats come in at Ludington. Church was also a very big part of her life growing up.
When Lauralee and her family moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan, she attended a one room school. After High School, Lauralee attended a one year business College where she also worked in the office of a small home construction company. After business college she went to work for the Whirlpool Corporation in the office. She worked there for 3 years then decided she wanted to be an Elementary School Teacher.
She went to Lake Michigan Junior College for two years and worked part time in the office of a bakery. She then transferred to Western Michigan University for her last two years where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. During this time she met the love of her life, Ronald James Inman, also from Michigan. They were engaged in 1964 and Married August 7th, 1965.
After getting married, graduating College, Lauralee taught first grade and then Kindergarten. She did this until she was expecting her first child, Rhonda Inman and then 3 years later, her son, Kenneth Inman. She was very blessed to be able to stay home and raise her two young children for the first few years of their life.
The Inman family then moved to Bradenton, Florida in 1977 where Lauralee started working for the March of Dimes. She worked there for 22 years until she retired in 2000.
Lauralee was the most caring and loving person one could ever meet. She was selfless, and always willing to help anyone in need. Some of her favorite things to do was go to Disney World and Sea World with her family, watch Roy Roger movies, listen to spiritual music, and have picnics with her Grandchildren.
Some kind words about Lauralee from her Family and Friends:
“Lauralee and Sparky were great inspirations in my life.”
“When I think of Lauralee I see a big happy smile and remember how thoughtful and kind she was to always ask how we were doing and give us hugs. Such a sweet, sweet woman.”
“Lauralee and Sparky had a profound impact on all of us.”
“It was always a joy to speak to Lauralee and Sparky . I’ll never forget how much they made me feel loved every time I saw them.”
“Lauralee was easily one of the sweetest, loving people on earth. It doesn’t seem fair that she had to endure so much mentally and physically in her last years.”
“Lauralee was the sweetest. Always concerned about everyone. Smiled all the time. Always had to feed us. I loved serving with her at church. I learned so much and she was a true example of Christ. She will be missed.”
“I'm so grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing Lauralee and Sparky . They were two of the very finest people I have ever known.”
“Lauralee was an awesome mentor and friend to me.”
In her own words, Lauralee’s dream was the following:
“One of my special dreams is my happiness when I go through the veil and I will be able to take my husband’s hand and stand beside him so we can once again work together serving the Lord and helping others come unto Christ.”
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