Obit: Lawrence, Edna (1847 -1930)
Contact: Steven Lavey
----Source: The Neillsville
Press, March 20, 1930
LAST NAME: Lawrence
FIRST NAME: Edna
NEWSPAPER LOCATION: Neillsville, Wisconsin
Edna M. Lawrence, nee Smithers, was born September 26, 1847 in the Town of Alton, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. She was the third elder of a family of ten children, and was married to Horace A. Lawrence, September 26, 1876 at Alto, Wisconsin. Immediately after the marriage they drove from Fond du Lac County to Clark County with team and buggy, settling on the farm owned by Mr. Lawrence in the Town of York. He preceded her in death 41 years ago. To this union ten children were born, two of whom preceded her in death. Carrie, who died two weeks after her father's death and Olive, Mrs. Charles Campbell, who died 14 years ago. The living children are Willie of Puente, California; Lois, Mrs. Abram Vandeberg; Orin; Floy, Mrs. Harmon Huntley; and Roy all of York; Earl and Ethel, Mrs. Clyde Wiggin of Missoula, Montana; and Horace on the homestead in the Town of York. There are also three living step-children, Bert Lawrence of Drummond, Wisconsin; Mrs. Lillie Vandeberg of Neillsville and Melvin Lawrence of Platteville, Wisconsin. There are 26 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 15 step-great grandchildren. Four sisters survive her: Mrs. Ella Stiles of Walnut Grove, Minnesota; Mrs. Maggie Hales of the Town of York, Mrs. Dora Rowe of Fresno, California; and Mrs. Lois Way of Newburg, Oregon. Besides a host of friends and relatives. When death called her she was visiting the son and daughter in Missoula, Montana, having gone out last September to spend the winter. She suffered a paralytic stroke the 28th of February, living until the morning of March 11, 1930, when she passed peacefully away at ten o'clock. Roy Lawrence went to Missoula, Montana to bring back the remains, arriving here at the 17th of March. She was a member of the Methodist church, having joined it in early girlhood. She was always very active and energetic, taking part in all the neighborhood activities and church work as long as her health permitted. She had attained the ageo 82 years, 5 months and 13 days. Brief funeral services were held at Missoula, Montana, and the regular funeral service at York Center, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. G.W. Longenecker of Neillsville officiating.
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