Reba Agnes Laue: 1924-2017
Reba was born in Wonthaggi, Australia, the second of seven children to George and Mary Crocker. She is preceded in death by her beloved sisters, Mary Jefferies, Patricia Kent and Phyllis Johnson.
She attended business college and was a jitterbug dance champion in Melbourne, Australia, before meeting an American soldier at a dance hall during WWII. She came to America as a war bride and had two children, Cherie and Philip, and later became a naturalized citizen.
She enjoyed a successful career in business administration as an executive office manager, cost accountant, secretary, typist, receptionist and payroll clerk. She was proud to have worked for Arcweld, which constructed the Space Needle in downtown Seattle.
She went on to become a real estate broker for Town and Country and Macpherson Realty and graduated from Shoreline Community College. At college, she also worked as a generous tutor in the writing lab and formed sincere and helpful relationships with the refugee, immigrant and foreign students.
She had many lasting friendships locally while singing at her churches and club attendance. She continued to work in real estate after retirement and returned to Australia numerous times for family and vacations to include riding a chaser during the historic defense of the America’s Cup off the coast of Fremantle.
Reba found strength in her faith, prayed for others needs constantly and was charitable. One of her favorite quotes was, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
She is dearly loved and missed by her children, Cherie and Philip (Waewta), grandchildren Nicole McNamara & Brian Harrison, six great grandchildren, nieces Reba P. Jefferies, Georgina Marcin, Elizabeth Johnson, Michelle and Diane Nicholls, Nephews Michael and Paul Johnson and Calvin Kent, cousin Peter & Marianne Crocker, sister Carmel Nicholls, and many beloved Australian family members and friends.
The memorial service for Reba will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Edmonds 1 p.m. March 19.