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Theresa Mae Laing

Theresa Mae Laing, age 72, of Acorn, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Tuesday, August 31, 1948 to Alvin and Rita Lutz Pavlicek in Sealy, Texas.

Theresa was known to her friends as Mrs. Terri. She was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Michael “Mickey” Laing. She was also known as Mom and Nana to her immediate family which will miss her dearly. She was a selfless person that loved people and her work. She worked for 40 years as a dental assistant in Jonesville, Louisiana and then in Mena, Arkansas. Anyone that knew her knows she never had a bad day. Mrs. Terri was always smiling and happy to help her patients, coworkers and friends. As a Mom and Nana she always put family first, she never missed a ball game or school function. Her grandbabies were the loves of her life and watching them grow up was her light. She loved her bingo family and they helped keep her going in the end when she really needed it. Mrs. Terri fought a ten year battle with Parkinson’s and she never let it get her down. She was truly a strong courageous person all the way till the end. Theresa was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Michael “Mickey” Dale Laing; and one sister, Muriel Palvicek.

Theresa is survived by her son and daughter in law, Todd and Amy Gaddis Laing of Acorn; three brothers, Bill Pavlicek of Columbus, Texas, Alvin Pavlicek of Weimar, Texas, and Edward Palvicek of Columbus, Texas; two sisters, Darlene Stryk of Schulenburg, Texas, and Nina Sue Day of Tuscola, Texas; two grandchildren, Michael Donovan Laing and Maryclaire Mae Laing of Acorn; Godmother to Bryn Rose Stryk of Schulenburg, Texas and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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