Funeral services for Margaret Jane (Thomas) “Peggy” Lawrence, 89, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater. Dr. Robert Singleton, son-in-law of the deceased will officiate at the services. Interment will be alongside her life-long mate, Lt. Col. Retired Charles William “Larry” Lawrence, Sr. at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene and will be under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Peggy died Monday, March 24, 2014 following a brief illness at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
Peggy was born on Oct. 18, 1924, in Amarillo. She was the daughter of George Harve Thomas and Reba Alma (Hughes) Thomas. She married Charles William Lawrence on March 31, 1942, when Charles was on furlough from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). They were married for 72 years. Both graduated from Amarillo High School where they first met as students at a local high school football game. They were lifelong sweethearts.
Primarily a homemaker, Peggy relished being a wife and mother to their four children. She had a knack for gardening, loved to sew and do crafts, played bridge and had a passion for painting in acrylics and oils. She constructed quilts for many of the family members and created porcelain nativity sets. She loved learning and continued to read a lot until her final days. Peggy loved being a grandmother and enjoyed playing board games with each of her grandchildren.
In addition to having a full-time job as a wife and mother, Peggy managed a successful career in the retail field, and later worked in the customer service department at Montgomery Ward, and in the credit department of the National Bank of Abilene.
Peggy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater. She trusted Christ as her Savior as a child in a Baptist church in Amarillo. She loved church and attended all her life until she physically was unable to go. In her younger years, she served with the United Methodist Women and taught women’s Sunday School classes.
Survivors include daughter, Garna Jean Fisher of Sweetwater; son, Charles William Lawrence, Jr. and wife Salmah of Abilene; daughter, Stephanie Diane Singleton and husband, Robert (Bob) of Cedar Park; brother-in-law, Jere M. Lawrence of Amarillo; daughter-in-law, Karen Lawrence of Silverton, Oregon; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by the love of a lifetime, her husband, Charles; son, Larry Alan Lawrence; her sister, Helen Thomas Neal; and two sons-in-law, Leonard Perry Jr. and Billy Fisher.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com .