Her obituary noted that Laura had been suffering from asthma for more than two years prior to her death. "A few days ago she caught a severe cold, and the weakened condition of her throat and lungs allowed the cold to develop easily into pneumonia. She gradually grew weaker, unable to prevent the progress of the disease."
Her older sister Gertie had been working out of town to help support the family after the death of their father about one year earlier. A telegram was sent to call her home when it became clear that Laura might not survive, but she was able to arrive in time to see her sister before she died.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Laura by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Laura: