Dec. 29, 1922 - Dec. 12, 2010
LauraAnna Jacobson, 87, a longtime Walla Walla resident, passed away Dec. 12, 2010. The graveside funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Skip Pritchard officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
LauraAnna was born Dec. 29, 1922, to Earl and Rose Mayer Postel at the family home in McLean County about 13 miles north of Mercer, N.D. She attended a country school through the eighth grade after which she worked on the family farm. It was in this rural community at a barn dance that she met a fiddle player named Olie Jacobson who would be her future husband.
In 1942, she boldly boarded a bus and left North Dakota for Seattle, to meet her sister. They both worked for the Corps of Engineers on the Seattle waterfront.
On Feb. 11, 1943, she married Olie Jacobson, who was stationed at Fort Lewis, in Seattle. During the war, Olie contracted tuberculosis and was sent to various hospitals, eventually being transferred to the Veteran's Hospital in Walla Walla in August 1946. In 1949, LauraAnna moved to Walla Walla to be near Olie where she has lived ever since.
LauraAnna and Olie owned various homes in Walla Walla and College Place. He worked at the Corps of Engineers and she was a homemaker and mother. Olie and LauraAnna had three sons, Woody, Dean and Wayne. After the kids were grown, she worked outside the home to help support the household.
LauraAnna is survived by her sons, Woody Jacobson of Moses Lake, Dean Jacobson of Spokane and Wayne Jacobson of Port Orchard; two granddaughters, Lauren and Meghan Jacobson; and a grandson, Jared Jacobson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olie; three sisters, Elsie Wilson, Dorothy Postel and Evelyn Postel; and two brothers, Richard Postel and Laurance Postel.
LauraAnna was a faithful partner, a devoted mother and enriched all of the lives she touched. The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care she received at the Washington Odd Fellows Home. LauraAnna will be greatly missed by all who loved her.