Iris Laughlin Obituary, Death- After fighting bravely against brain cancer since the beginning of the year, Iris Vivienne Laughlin, age 8, from Bloomington, died away in peace on Friday, September 1, 2023 with her parents at her side.
Iris Laughlin, the daughter of John and Susan (Hall) Laughlin, was born on June 25, 2015 in the United States. She leaves behind both of her parents, her older brother Johnny, and her younger sister Lucy; her grandmothers, Jane Lucas and Diana Hall; her grandfather, Jim Laughlin (Catherine); and a large number of cherished aunts, uncles, and cousins who were her favorite playmates and companions. Josephine, Iris’ sister, and Robert Hall, Iris’ grandfather, passed away before Iris.
To know Iris was to come face to face with Christ, who was full of love, joy, and good cheer. She encouraged us, reached out for our hands, and loved us regardless of our merits, and she actively sought out new adventures. Iris was aware that her ultimate goal was to reach heaven, which was also her deepest desire. Her ability to persevere and maintain a positive attitude throughout the relatively short but arduous voyage is a testament to her steadfastness. Her devotion to God served as a source of motivation for all of us, prompting us to recall the significant significance of maintaining one’s faith even in the face of the most difficult tests that life has to offer.
Iris attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic school, which fostered the growth of both her religion and her education. At that time, she was in the third grade. She was our devoted leader in prayer at the dinner table and got the reverence award for two years in a row. Iris took great pleasure in making music and playing the piano or keyboard; this was a hobby she pursued both at home and at the hospital in the days leading up to her passing.
In her spare time, she liked to spend time at Grandview Lake, practice her tennis and art skills, and root for the Indiana University basketball and football teams. Iris was her brother’s number one fan and the loudest cheerleader as she stood on the sidelines during his basketball and soccer matches. Her brilliant light and lovely melodies will be sorely missed in our homes, but she will live on in our hearts as a treasured memory forever.
A funeral mass will be performed at St. Charles Catholic Church on Thursday, September 7 at 10 AM. This will be followed by a private burial service. The Funeral Chapel is in charge of coordinating the arrangements. Visit https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/V6f9E24E to share your thoughts and condolences with others, as well as your fondest memories of Iris.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Fr. Tom Kovatch, Dr. Heather Franklin, and the care teams at Riley Hospital, the University of Michigan, and the Hospice House for the amount of time and effort that they have devoted. Additionally, we would want to acknowledge our whole St. Charles family as well as the countless individuals who have been praying for us and who have been a tremendous source of love and support.
Iris, may you rest in the everlasting peace that comes from being held in the arms of God’s love, and may her cheerful spirit shine down upon us as brightly as the most beautiful rainbows. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that you prayerfully consider making a contribution to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Iris’s memory.