Laura Mehterian, 69, of Payson, died Nov. 10, 2001 in Payson. She was born July 21, 1932 in Chicago, Ill. to a surveyor for Southern Pacific Railroad, who traveled extensively throughout her youth.
Laura and her husband moved to Payson from Santa Clarita in 1995. She was active with the Santa Clarita Valley Optimist Club and their Kid Print program; when she moved to Payson she worked on chartering an Optimist Club and volunteered at the Payson Police Department to start a child identification program. She joined the Payson Historical Society board and held the office of vice president at the time of her death. She was also active in the Arizona Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Mehterian of Payson; one son, Daniel Mehterian and his wife Kathy of Santa Clarita; one daughter, Cathy Martin and her husband Steve of Santa Clarita; one sister, Sally Loeher of Tucson; and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street.