Laura M. Reams-Flagg, a lifelong resident of Omak, Wash., passed away Feb. 13, 2018. She was born Dec. 19, 1926, (Sunday) in Chewelah, Wash., to Robert and Minnie Kennedy.
They moved to Okanogan, Wash., where she attended school and graduated from high school in 1945 and soon began working as a telephone operator in Okanogan and Omak.
She met and married Ben Reams July 3, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1986.
Laura was involved in many organizations such as Eastern Star, Tops, Garden Club, De Rouge Aux., Pricilla Club. She was a “Host” at Omak East School. She served as Worthy Matron the year of 1974 in the Bethany Chapter and in Methow Valley in Twisp in 1995. She liked playing bingo, dancing, fishing and doing crossword puzzles. Most of all she liked to mingle with her family and friends. She never knew a stranger; she was friendly with everyone and was heart and home to dozens of children as a daycare provider.
She met Wesley “Shine” Flagg and was married March 25, 1989. They lived in Twisp for six years, and later moved to Omak on July 26, 1996.
She is survived by her two sons, Benjamin R. Reams (Dottie) of Omak and Gary V. Reams (Donna Jean Faust) of Omak; grandkids, Linda Clise (Dave) of Arizona, their children Benjamin and Lorelei, Chris Tillotson of Spokane, Wash., Nick Reams (Erica) of Wenatchee, Wash. their children Tyler and Hailey, Anya Tugaw (Tim) their children T.J., Kayden, and Maggie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Benjamin Reams; and second husband, Wesley “Shine” Flagg; sister-in-law and best friend, Betty Reams.
She said she was born on a Sunday and wanted to be laid to rest on a Sunday.
A public visitation will be from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel. Following the service, a gathering of friends and family will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Okanogan. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.