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Leahbeth Gardner McLaws

08/08/1933 - 03/12/2021
Service Date: 03/22/2021
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-830 E Lehi Road, Mesa, AZ
Visitation Date: 03/21/2021
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: City of Mesa

LeahBeth McLaws, age 87, was peacefully called Home on Friday, March 12, 2021 surrounded by all her children. There to meet her was her eternal companion Jack and their son Kory, as well as her parents, Clark and Alice Willis Gardner, her brothers and sisters Maurice Gardner (Inez), Melvin Gardner, Merle Westover (Russell), Kenneth Gardner, Olga Butler (Claude), Geraldine Willis (Cleon), Orabell Shelley Porter ( Leland, Ken). Together, LeahBeth and Jack raised a family, Kayola Skinner (Phillip), Kory McLaws (deceased), Kenneth McLaws, Kaylene Stevens (Shawn), Kirk McLaws, Kimberly McLaws Hunt, J. Rodney Winkler. LeahBeth was a beloved grandma. Her legacy will continue through her 22 grandchildren Stephanie, Nicole, Zachary, Dallas, Brody, Kory, Tauren-Ashlee, Perry, Kayson, Chaz, Coda Jack, Savannah, Cade, Shaedynn, Hans-Fritz, Madyson, Montana, Connor, Boston, Jacklyn, Ledger and Keely-Ross, and 30 great grandchildren. LeahBeth worked side by side with her husband Jack running their businesses A&W, Navajo Concrete, Jack’s Place, McLaws Excavating, as well as owning and running LB&J Hobby Store. She was an amazing seamstress sewing costumes for plays and pom and cheer uniforms. She was a wonderful homemaker making a home not only for us but for anyone that needed a place. She was a faithful lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Day Saints serving in everything from Scouting, Young Women’s, Relief Society,  Primary in both Stake and Ward level and endless hours at the Humanitarian Center. Visitation will be Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201, with a visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Monument Ward,  L.D.S. building located at 830 E. Lehi Road Mesa, Arizona.

There will be a livestream via zoom



  • Alfonso Bringas

    Blessings and love to Leah and the McLaws family. May peace and comfort find you all soon.
    J.R., it’s impossible to think that heaven could get any better, but I think it just did!

  • Anne Howell LaJeunesse

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mama. Sincere sympathies…

  • I am so sorry about your mom. My mother was a Gardner as well. Sending you love

  • Ellie (Bringas) Correll and family.

    Heaven gained an angel. At the young age of 17 I knew Kaylene and her siblings had a very special momma. Which in turn produced a beautiful family.
    Love to you all.

  • Ellie Correll (Bringas)

    Such a loving soul.
    Love to all

  • Sherry Winkler

    There are places within our Hearts that can only be filled with Memories. And there are places in our Souls that can only be Healed by The Gentle hands of time ….. May your family find comfort knowing that Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time ….. And may you find peace knowing that there is one more Angel in Heaven ….
    May you R.I.P. Leah Beth❣
    Love, Sherry,Brad,Jeremy,Branden

  • Verla and Russell May family.

    Sending love and prayers during this time of separation. Thankful for eternal families. Sending our sympathies.

  • Debbie Desenberg Leathers

    When I think of your Mom Leah Beth I think of. Gentle, loving, soft spoken, talented, Mother. She was always so kind to the cousins when we would see her on your visits to my grandparents house. She is now in the loving arms of the cotton picking loving husband Jack. Know that our family is sending their love and prayers to your family. Love Debbie

  • Sue Perkins Sansom

    My 1st job was at the NEW A&W in Holbrook. My fondest memory of my then bosses, Jack and Leahbeth was at our 16yr old son’s visitation prior to his funeral in 1995. We were very touched that they would make the effort to come after so many years. My husband Joe and Leahbeth are sharing the Bunkers home this week end. I look forward to when we will all meet again. In sympathy, Sue Perkins Sansom

  • It’s sad to see old friends move on, but it’s great to know they graduated with honors. I’m glad that Jack and Leah Beth are back together after all these years apart. Cotton-picker. 🙂

  • I’m trying to be there by zoom love you guys!

  • Linda Billings

    Heaven is so much more beautiful today. I love all of you and have kept you in my prayers. I’m so sorry I am not able to attend.

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