Iva Laressa McMinn-Archibald 79, of Mexia went home to her heavenly Father on June 12, 2020. She passed away peacefully at Skilled Care of Mexia. Funeral services will be Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Mexia with Brother Michael Vestal and Jerry Fulton officiating. Interment will follow at Lost Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Corley-Porter Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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Laressa was born July 27, 1940 in Personville, Texas to W.D. (Doug) and Iva Dean (Deanie) McClaran.
Laressa was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Reginald McMinn and husband L.D. Archibald. She is survived by her daughter, Regina Stone and husband Curtis and granddaughters, Jacie & Julie Stone all of Decatur; brother, Dewitt McClaran and wife Charlene of Granbury, Special Aunts, Faye McClaran and Bonnie Johnson, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends and her special friend, Jackey Rush.
Laressa was a proud member of the 1958 class of Mexia High School and enjoyed their yearly homecoming get togethers. After high school she began her career in bookkeeping where she worked for Beene Motors, Western Auto, First Mexia Bank, Limestone County Tax Office and Mexia I.S.D. She retired from Mexia I.S.D. in May 2005.
Laressa loved to sing and in earlier years was a member of a Gospel Quartet and was often asked to sing at church and other occasions. She was the song leader at Temple Baptist Church for many years until her voice began to give out. She also loved to dance and enjoyed meeting friends at Sul Ross in Waco when she was able to attend. Family, friends and church meant the world to Laressa, but most important was her relationship with her Lord and Savior. She walked a life of faith that shown in good times and bad. Our hearts grieve, but we have the assurance of seeing her again.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bill McClaran, Zebulon Andrade, Robert LaFoy, Mikal LaFoy, Brian Samford and Kevin Samford.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Mexia, Texas and Breast Cancer Research Foundation.