Laura B. Kerby, 91, of Interlochen, passed away peacefully with family at her side Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 after a short illness. She was born Nov. 2, 1926 in Benzonia the daughter of John T. and Ida (Long) Priest.
Laura met Richard Kerby in 1945 upon his return from active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They were married on May 26, 1946 and had 60 wonderful years together, during which time they raised nine children.
Mom enjoyed gardening and had many flowers from her mother, which she nurtured and shared with her own children. When we were children mom would pack up enough food for the day and the family would be off on a mushrooming/picnicking adventure, always ending with her playing harmonica and us kids falling asleep in the car.
Mom started playing the harmonica at the age of 5. One of her greatest times was going to a David Ball concert. Mom ended up playing for him, receiving his autograph on her harmonica box. The video was posted on David Ball's Facebook page. For the last two years she had been playing with "The Melody Makers" band every week at the Gathering Place in Honor.
Most important to mom was being a homemaker and spending time with her family. Through the years mom always put her children first. She had a kind and loving heart. It seemed that everyone she met loved her immediately.
Laura was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Interlochen Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary.
Laura is survived by children, John (Jan) Kerby, of Groton, Connecticut, Connie Ferguson, of Interlochen, Carissa Blonshine, of Grawn, Bonny Kerby (John Stinebaugh), of Interlochen, Tim (Kathy) Kerby, of Interlochen, Mike (Melissa) Kerby, of Mesick, Wade Kerby, of Lake Ann, and Laurie Kerby (Scott Tayer), of Beulah; 30 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann (Bob) Zeller, of San Angelo, Texas.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Kerby; son, Patrick Kerby; granddaughter, Jaylynn Rose Kerby; brother, Edwin Priest, of Arizona; and sons-in-law, Tom Blonshine and Ken Ferguson.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Kelly Clark, the caregivers at Grand Traverse Pavilions, The Gathering Place and of course, the Melody Makers band.
A memorial service will be conducted Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at noon, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah. The Reverend Kenneth Blair will serve as celebrant. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will take place this spring in the Benzonia Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benzie County Council on Aging, 10542 Main St., Honor, MI 49640.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 8, 2018