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Laura A.W. Stiles

October 13, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Laura Alice Wilson Stiles, 95, of Hot Springs, passed peacefully at home on Oct. 7, 2021.

Born in Hot Springs to the late James Mack Wilson and Virgie Lou Shaw Wilson, Laura graduated from Hot Springs High and attended Hendrix College.

She worked as a secretary for federal civil service for more than 34 years in Arkansas, California and Germany before retiring from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Huntsville, Ala.

Laura was predeceased by her husband, Alfred William Stiles; son, Fred Stiles; and brothers, Joe C. Wilson and Shaw (Mary) Wilson; and daughter-in-law, Sheryl Stiles, with whom she was very close.

She will be missed by her children, Mark Stiles, Larry Stiles, Allison (Dennis) Deerr and Sherri (Chase) Spotswood; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three nieces; two nephews; two very special cousins; and her church family at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), of which she was a lifelong member.

A funeral service will be held in Gross Funeral Home chapel at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 13, 2021. A visitation will take place an hour prior to service.

A graveside will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Huntsville, Ala.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1806 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.

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