Posing in an apron last fall on the cover of Southern Indiana Living as she rolled dough with her 3-year-old in her lap, Laura Anne Buckingham looked like the picture of domesticity.

But the 5-foot-4, 110-pound former Marine who served two tours in Iraq said she was never a “domestic diva.”

She boxed in high school, won a Toughman contest and rejected a modeling career to prove herself in the Marine Corps, her stepfather said. And even as a baker, she tested the limits.

“I like to do weird breads,” Buckingham told a Courier-Journal food writer in 2014 for a story about Bread and Breakfast, her café and bakery in downtown New Albany. “Because I have never had formal training, I don’t have a level of appropriateness, and I have no restraints.”