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Laura Lee Gomes O'Bryant Beaver

GALVA - Our dear sister and fellow spirit, Laura Lee Gomes O’Bryant Beaver, 62, of Galva, walked June 3 at 6:30 p.m. to join her father, Louis and great nephew, Hunter on the next part of her journey home.

Laurie was a most gentle and fun spirit who will be greatly missed. Her love for the beauty and peace of nature was reflected in her gentle heart and spirit as well as her home and art. She loved living in Stone Lake, Wisconsin where she made dear friends with Thom and Lonna, Gay and Brent, Chief, and many others. She could tumble with the best landing a muskie or dropping a buck. Her greatest love though was her three boys, Michael, Brock, and Jeffery O’Bryant along with grandchildren Madison Rose, Olivia, and Louis O’Bryant.

Laurie found the unwavering love and devotion of Bruce Beaver, who took excellent loving gentle care of her throughout her battle with cancer. She became his wife in a Native American Pipe Marriage Ceremony performed by Rev. Gary Billiot of Day Spring Methodist Church of East Peoria.

We are grateful for knowing Laurie and thank the spirits for her love. Those who will be waiting to meet up with her again include her mother, Claryce Gomes, her husband, Bruce, three sons, Michael (Angela), Brock and his daughter, Madison Rose, Jeffery (Christy) and their daughter, Olivia and their son, Lucas, sisters, Cyndie Bright (Rod Williams) and Becky Gomes, brother, Chris (Kathy) Gomes and a very special person who we call our baby sister, Diana Smith, along with many loving relatives and friends.

A burial ceremony will be held at West Jersey Cemetery on Saturday, June 14 at noon. In lieu of flowers everyone is asked to bring as special rock to place on her grave. Everyone is invited to the church following the ceremony to help us celebrate Laurie’s adventure. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements. Any contributions may be directed to the West Jersey Church.

One day we will sing and laugh again. See you on the other side….”AHO” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at



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