Laura Irby Mark

Born: Sat., Jul. 19, 1924
Died: Fri., Sep. 25, 2020

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Oct. 02, 2020
Location: Honey Creek Woodlands

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Laura Irby Mark, reluctantly, and fighting, departed this life on September 25, 2020 in Newnan, Georgia. She had reached the amazing age of 96 years old. She took great pride in being a 5th generation Atlantan. She was a member of DAR and Daughters of the Confederacy.


Laura was a proud graduate of the 1942 class of Atlanta’s Girls High. She attended Agnes Scott College, and received her degree from the University of Miami. She finished her degree while raising 3 very young children. Laura was an extremely intelligent woman and was a member of Mensa. She and her mother used to converse in Latin when her children were young so that they could not be understood.


She was as a beautiful as she was intelligent. Laura had curly dark hair that she always wore rather short. Her eyes were such an unusual shade of blue that people often remarked on her violet eyes She always wore lipstick even in her final days even though her lips needed no tint. She was gifted with a beautiful singing voice. She was even called up to the stage for one night to sing with Frank Sinatra. It was one of her highlights on living in Miami in the 1950s.


She married the love of her life, Peter Mark, on November 23, 1951. Even though they later divorced, he remained her one and only love. They are now reunited in heaven.


She is survived by her 5 children; Albert Mark, Sallie Hammock (Roger), Toni Mark; Michelle Myllo and Jonathan Mark (Cassie). She is survived by 9 grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. Laura had numerous nephews, and great-nephews and


She instilled a love of reading in all her children, and a love of learning all subjects.  She introduced her children to books when they were quite young. Their reading was never censored, and they were encouraged to explore all different types of books.


During her career she worked at various companies. When she and Peter Mark started a successful landscaping company. Laura handled the business part of Hollmar Landscapes. The company handled several notable projects including the 22-story atrium at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta and the trees that line Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Street, which are still growing some 50+ years later. They also pioneered the use of waterfalls in landscaping at private homes. 

She retired from the State of Georgia, Public Service Commission.  She continued to work part-time there until she was 74. She oversaw the routing of hazardous shipments through the state of Georgia, and there was never an incident on her watch.


During her final years she continued her love of reading.  In the last several months of her life she began rereading “Gone With The Wind” for probably the 50tH time. Never a day went by that she did not read the newspaper. In the last few years, she started with the obituaries to “make sure I’m not in it “.  


Laura could be quite charming and funny. As she grew older, she loved entertaining people with stories of her past. She lived through the great depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II, 9-11, and numerous other world events.


Laura spent the last 20 years of her life living with her beloved daughter, Toni Mark. They were good companions and enjoyed going for long drives. They never saw a dirt road they didn’t want to explore. Then they would stop and have a nice dinner and she would have a martini. Toni was a devoted daughter and was there at the end to hold her mother’s hand. Laura Mark was deeply blessed to be with someone that loved her so much at the end. 


She will be missed by her family and all those who knew her. But she was anticipating a joyful reunion with the people who had passed before her. She is at peace

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Vali & Travis Priebe
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
We are thinking of you. We are very thankful Laura got to pass through to see her loved ones on the other side surrounded by the love of her children. May you have peace through your grieving days. Love Travis & Vali

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