Cary News: Obituaries

Laurel Ann Coulter

Laurel Ann Coulter, age 79, passed away on May 21, 2012 in Wake Forest, NC. She was born May 25, 1925 in Los Angeles, California to Anna Laura Egerer Wheeler and Frank J. Wheeler and graduated from Redondo Beach High School in 1950. On November 5, 1953 she married Tom Smith Coulter of Lockesburg, Arkansas in Redondo Beach, CA.

She lived in various cities while following her husband’s career: De Queen, Arkansas; Plymouth, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia finally settling in Cary, North Carolina.

In her early years she worked in the Egerer family bakery and then as a supervisor for General Telephone. She later worked as a secretary for the First United Methodist Church in De Queen, Arkansas and then as a supervisor for Answerphone in Raleigh, North Carolina.

She enjoyed volunteering for various organizations such as the DeQueen Park Commission, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts and served as a past president of United Methodist Women and De Queen Hospital Auxiliary.

Laurel Ann will be especially remembered for her talents as a miniature hobbyist. She was a charter member of the Raleigh Miniatures Guild in 1981 and was president for two terms. She was published in the Miniature Gazette and other miniature journals had several newspaper articles written about her miniatures as well as interviews with television and radio stations.

Laurel Ann was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include Laurie Kaye Garcia and husband, Gregory of Street, MD; Tom Ezell Coulter and wife Bunnie Jewell of Wake Forest, NC; and Lizabeth Ann Weast and husband, Ben of Durham, NC. Laurel Ann is also survived by eight grandchildren: Glenn Thomas Britt, Richard and Loriann Garcia, Tom, Rachel and Rebecca Coulter, and Melanie and Margo Weast. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Smith Coulter in 1997 and her brother Frank Emil Wheeler in 2000.

Graveside services at Coulter Memorial Gardens will be held on June 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM with services provided by Cremation Society of the Carolinas: and the Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either N.A.M.E. (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) P.O. Box 69, Carmel, Indiana 46082-0069 or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or online at

Thanks to Drs. Joseph Bruckert, Michael Casey, Sunil Dusai and Wake County Hospice for their compassionate and consistent care.