Resident of the Month
My mother, Laura Ann Eubank was born December 23, 1927, the second of eight children. Growing up on the farm, things were tough in those days. She graduated from Bentley High school in Bentley, Kansas, a small town near Wichita. Laura and her oldest sister, Marie moved to Wichita where Laura worked as an operator for Bell Telephone Company. There she met Virginia Eubank, who arranged a blind date for Laura with a young man named William “Bill” Eubank, who was Virginia’s Younger brother. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, but something “clicked” because Bill and Laura were married September 11, 1949 and moved to Emporia.
Laura had dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and actually designed and sewed her wedding dress. But, these dreams were replaced with a husband who worked as a brakeman conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad and eventually five children. We benefited from her many talents as seamstress, barber, housekeeper, and cook. I remember my mom making a breakfast of bacon and eggs in the wee hours of the morning when dad was called out to work.
Mother was known as an excellent cook. Some of our family favorites were excellent fried chicken, delicious meatloaf, and baked macaroni and cheese. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and red velvet cake were also favorites. There was plenty of mending and ironing to do, but she made many of our clothes as well: including wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses when that time came for her daughters and even suits for my dad. Where did she find the time for all her beautiful flowers and house plants? Crochet, embroidery, macramé, various crafts - she tried everything.
My parents celebrated almost 64 years together. Together they suffered through the loss of their youngest child, Sally, who died at the age of 11 from a brain tumor. Together they built their home on 40 acres west of Emporia where they lived for 30 years. Together they entertained many holidays and family get-togethers: they were known for their hospitality.
Laura, an extremely gifted and creative woman, who gave all she had to her home, her husband, children, and grandchildren: a real example to us all. I wish I could be more like her. (written by Kay Rowland)
Congratulation Laura for being chosen as
“Our Resident of the Month”