Laurie Lightner


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.

Visits: 4


  1. Kim on March 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

  2. Mary Dewey on March 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I am so sorry for the lose of your mother, wife and friend. I enjoyed working with her this past summers in summer school. I going to miss her smile this summer.

  3. Sara Tyler on March 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow. Laurie was such a source of inspiration for me when I discovered my fathers cancer. She encouraged me and gave me the hope that she carried in her heart. She will always be remembered. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this very difficult time.

  4. Kyle Geiger on March 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I am sorry for your lose. I have great memories of Lauri through both soccer trips and seeing her around hickman. She will be missed.

  5. Dawn Wacker Locklin on March 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Tim, Matt, Taylor & Emma: The memories I have of your momwife go back 13 years when we first moved to Columbia. She was always such a big help to me adjusting to Columbia and then taking care of Jaime and Johnny as they went through their high school years at Hickman and RockBridge. My heart is so very sad and I we cared about your Mom so much. Our hearts and prayers go out to you now and in the future. She was an amazing woman. Love, from Dawn, Jaime & Johnny Wacker

  6. Trina Ferling on March 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I was a soccerbasketball Mom with Laurie and knew her from back in the days in Valley View also. Her family was the most important thing to her and she loved you all dearly. She always had a warm beautiful smile that I am sure matched her heart and soul and she was always a lot of fun being around. She touched a lot of lives and we will miss her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Debbie Lombardo on March 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Laurie. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Tracy Allen on March 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Tim, I’m sorry to hear about you lose of your wife Lauri. Please know that your family is in our thougthts and prayers.

  9. Jennifer on December 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My heartfelt condolences. She had a forgiving and loving heart. The world is just a little darker with her gone. You are all in my prayers

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