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Laura Vandiver remembered for impact on community
'She had the purest heart of anybody I've ever known'
Laura Vandiver

Laura Fay Irvin Vandiver was remembered Monday as a woman who excelled in multiple fields.

Vandiver, 58, of Gainesville, died Saturday.

She spent more than 30 years as a human resources director for various manufacturing businesses and was business director of P.U.R.E. Ministries.

“During her career, she helped with seven or eight startups,” including Kubota, said her husband, Russell Vandiver, the president of Lanier Technical College.

“That was sort of her legacy from a business standpoint. She impacted thousands of peoples’ lives.

“She had a major impact on economic development. That’s what she was great at, filling those personnel needs and getting the right people in there.”

David Glover, president and founder of P.U.R.E. Ministries, said Vandiver became a key part of that effort, which encourages churches to start special needs ministries.

“She basically ran our ministry,” Glover said. “It was a one-man shop until she came alongside, She was always behind the scenes, always orchestrating.

“I miss her,” Glover said, “and our ministry misses her optimism.”

Longtime friend Homer Myers recalled her as exemplifying the biblical ideal of womanhood.

“Laura just represented Proverbs 31:10-31 as well as anyone I’ve ever known,” said Myers, who had known her since they were both middle-school age. “That just summarizes her life.”

“She had the purest heart of anybody I’ve ever known,” her husband said, “No doubt, with hands down, not even close.”

“It’s very rare you can talk about a person you can say nobody ever had anything bad to say about her,” Glover said, “but that’s the truth.

“She was one lovely, gracious servant.”

Vandiver was born in Gainesville, a daughter to the late Mr. and Mrs. A.J. and Flora Morgan Irvin.

She was a 1972 graduate of Jefferson High School and earned an LPN degree from Athens Technical College.

Vandiver was a member of the Blackshear Place Baptist Church, Flowery Branch.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Amanda Vandiver, of Gainesville, two grandchildren, two sisters and brothers-in-law, a niece and nephew and a great-nephew and great-niece.

The funeral service will be held today at 4 p.m. in the Blackshear Place Baptist Church, Flowery Branch, Ga., with Dr. Jeff Crook officiating.

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