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Rayma Kay Laughlin

Charleston, Illinois

February 21, 1949 - June 6, 2024

Rayma Kay Laughlin Obituary

Rayma Kay Laughlin, lovingly known as Kay to some and Rayma to others, age 75, of Charleston, IL (formerly of St. Louis, MO), passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Willow Breeze Hospice House in Mattoon, IL.

Rayma Kay was born on February 21, 1949, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of William Howard and Kathryn (Pearl) Owens Sr. She graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis in 1967, and upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1971, she began her career as an English teacher there. She taught developmental English for many years at St. Louis Community College and worked as a writing tutor. A teacher at heart, she believed that helping students with grammar and writing was important and offered them a path forward to a better life.

On June 30, 1972, she married James Charles Laughlin in St. Louis, MO. They shared 45 years as devoted partners until his death on August 15, 2017. During her many years in St. Louis with Jim and their two children, Rayma was active in church activities, Bible studies, and volunteer work such as hymn-singing with residents in North County nursing homes. She also led the music program for the Ferguson Partnership of Churches Vacation Bible School. She was a frequent contributor to the “Spreading the Word” rotating column in the Suburban North County Journal.

Rayma was a faithful daughter to her parents as they aged, trying out new recipes when they came for weekly dinners and devoting much time to their care. A gardener like her father, she      enjoyed planting and caring for her flowers.

After her move to Charleston in 2015, Rayma became active in First Presbyterian Church in Charleston and in the Past Forward Writing Group, and she continued volunteer work in her new community. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching Mason dance or ice-skate on FaceTime and seeing Henry play soccer, and she loved wearing Charleston sports apparel to support his athletic endeavors. In her younger years, she had been an avid baker, and she continued to enjoy and share treats with those she cared about. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Daniel William Laughlin, and brother William Howard Owens Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz (Bill Schultz Jr.) of Charleston, IL; her son, David Laughlin (Rachel) of Freeville, NY; her grandchildren, Henry William Schultz and Mason Rain Laughlin; her brother, Glen Owens (Laura) of St. Louis, MO; and her nieces and nephews, Michael Owens (Elizabeth) of St. Louis, MO, Alex Owens (Lindsay Teraoka) of New Orleans, LA, and Kathryn Owens of Washington, D.C. 

A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024, with Reverend Matthew Froeschle officiating at First Presbyterian Church, 311 7th Street, Charleston, IL. Following the service, Rayma and her husband, Jim, will be inurned together at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Willow Breeze Endowment, which helps those in financial need at the hospice house, or to the Charleston Joint PTA Food 4 Kids Backpack program.

To view the obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle, or post photos, please visit www.adamsfuneralchapel.com. 

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Rayma Kay Laughlin, lovingly known as Kay to some and Rayma to others, age 75, of Charleston, IL (formerly of St. Louis, MO), passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Willow Breeze Hospice House in Mattoon, IL.

Rayma Kay was born on February 21, 1949, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of William Howard and Kathryn (Pearl) Owens Sr. She graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis in 1967, and upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1971, she began her career as an English teacher there. She taught developmental English for many years at St. Louis Community College and worked as a writing tutor. A teacher at heart, she believed that helping students with grammar and writing was important and offered them a path forward to a better life.

On June 30, 1972, she married James Charles Laughlin in St. Louis, MO. They shared 45 years as devoted partners until his death on August 15, 2017. During her many years in St. Louis with Jim and their two children, Rayma was active in church activities, Bible studies, and volunteer work such as hymn-singing with residents in North County nursing homes. She also led the music program for the Ferguson Partnership of Churches Vacation Bible School. She was a frequent contributor to the “Spreading the Word” rotating column in the Suburban North County Journal.

Rayma was a faithful daughter to her parents as they aged, trying out new recipes when they came for weekly dinners and devoting much time to their care. A gardener like her father, she      enjoyed planting and caring for her flowers.

After her move to Charleston in 2015, Rayma became active in First Presbyterian Church in Charleston and in the Past Forward Writing Group, and she continued volunteer work in her new community. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching Mason dance or ice-skate on FaceTime and seeing Henry play soccer, and she loved wearing Charleston sports apparel to support his athletic endeavors. In her younger years, she had been an avid baker, and she continued to enjoy and share treats with those she cared about. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Daniel William Laughlin, and brother William Howard Owens Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz (Bill Schultz Jr.) of Charleston, IL; her son, David Laughlin (Rachel) of Freeville, NY; her grandchildren, Henry William Schultz and Mason Rain Laughlin; her brother, Glen Owens (Laura) of St. Louis, MO; and her nieces and nephews, Michael Owens (Elizabeth) of St. Louis, MO, Alex Owens (Lindsay Teraoka) of New Orleans, LA, and Kathryn Owens of Washington, D.C. 

A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024, with Reverend Matthew Froeschle officiating at First Presbyterian Church, 311 7th Street, Charleston, IL. Following the service, Rayma and her husband, Jim, will be inurned together at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Willow Breeze Endowment, which helps those in financial need at the hospice house, or to the Charleston Joint PTA Food 4 Kids Backpack program.

To view the obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle, or post photos, please visit www.adamsfuneralchapel.com. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Rayma Kay Laughlin hosted by Adams Funeral Chapel.

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