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Laurie Anne Lightner, 45, of Columbia passed away peacefully Thursday, February 26, 2009, in her home after a three year battle with cancer. Upon her request, the family will hold a memorial service at 4 p.m. Monday, March 2, at The Crossing Church. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service at 3:00 p.m. Laurie Anne Lightner was born May 31, 1963 in Redding, California to Gerald and Mildred Miles. Mrs. Lightner worked for Columbia Public Schools for 13 years. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and personality, love of family and friends, and everlasting strength. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Timothy Lightner; son, Matthew; two daughters, Taylor and Emma; her parents, Gerald and Barbara Miles, San Diego, and Mildred Miles, Spokane; two sisters, Terri Gilbert, Simi Valley, and Christine Johnston, Spokane. She was deeply loved by her in-laws Julia and Jim King, Columbia; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to their friends for the wonderful network of support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for the children may be made to The Friends of Laurie Lightner, Boone County National Bank at Woodrail, 1000 W. Nifong, Columbia, MO 65201.