Laura Beth Toby, 42, Centerville, Indiana, wife of Christopher Michael Toby and mother of Grace Angela Toby, died Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Born September 22, 1978, in Richmond to David C. and Margaret Ann Woolf Alderson, Laura was a life-long resident of Wayne County. She graduated from Centerville High School in 1997 and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University in 2001. Laura worked as an elementary teacher and a middle school interventionist at Richmond Community Schools for 20 years. She was currently enrolled at Ball State, working on her master’s in educational administration to further her career in helping children. Laura was a member of LifeSpring Church North, where she played piano with the worship team.

Laura enjoyed spending time with her family. She had an immense love for teaching and for her students. Throughout her life, Laura exhibited a determination of spirit and joy for life that were inspirational to all. She lived a life full of love and positivity.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years; daughter; parents; sisters, Julie Lynn (Brian) Gordy, Rebecca Sara (John) Lee, and Christie Ann (Louis) Hill; brother-in-law, James O’Laughlin; extended family; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Kristin Michelle O’Laughlin.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we regret to inform you that services for Laura Beth Toby will be private with Pastor Steve Bray officiating. The visitation will be livestreamed on the Doan & Mills website. The funeral service will be livestreamed through LifeSpring Church. All are welcome to join by visiting Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Donate Life Indiana, 3760 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222 or

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