Susan Jane McLaughlin

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A celebration of life for Susan Jane McLaughlin, 58, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Lawrence. She died on Sunday, July 8, 2012 in Lawrence.

Susan was born Feb. 12, 1954 in Kansas City, MO, and adopted one month later by Drew and Marjorie McLaughlin of Paola, KS.

She graduated from Paola High school in 1972 and the University of Kansas in 1978 with a journalism degree. She sold advertising for the Journal-World newspaper, and then served as an elementary school secretary in Lawrence.

She later became a registered nurse and most recently worked in private nursing care.

Susan was an avid KU basketball fan and loved gardening, knitting, movies, dogs and especially time with her family and friends. She was known for her generous spirit, her adventurous nature and her clever sense of humor.

She married Mark Stremel on Oct. 17, 1981 in Lawrence. They had two daughters, Kristen and Kelly. They were divorced in 1987.

She married Brent Carpenter on Dec. 31, 1992 in Overland Park, KS. They had one son, Kyle.

Survivors include husband Brent, Lawrence; daughters Kristen McLaughlin-Stremel, Lawrence, and Kelly McLaughlin-Stremel, Schofield Barracks Army Post, Honolulu, HI; son, Kyle Carpenter, Lawrence; one brother Phil McLaughlin, and wife, Sarah, Paola, KS.

Susan's family will greet friends following the service at the church.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Humane Society or the McLaughlin Family Community Journalism Scholarship at the University of Kansas, and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on July 12, 2012