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05/27/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Margie Dawson Lawrence

Marjorie Dawson Lawrence
(05 Aug 1911 - 23 May 2009)

Newport News High School Class of February 1929

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
We have even more sad news today. 
   Marjorie Dawson Lawrence, Class of February 1929, passed away at the Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the age of 97.

 From the Daily Press - 05/27/09:   

                  Marjorie Dawson Lawrence


NEWPORT NEWS - Marjorie Dawson Lawrence, of Newport News, died Saturday May 23, 2009, at the Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton.

Born in Newport News on Aug. 5, 1911, she was a graduate of Newport News High School. She was the widow of Henry B. Lawrence Sr. Marjorie was a homemaker until the death of her husband in 1967. She then began a career at the Mariners Museum where she worked until her retirement.

Marjorie was a life long Episcopalian. She was baptized and married at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News. Marjorie was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where she served on the altar guild, taught Sunday school and was active in the ECW.





Her son, Henry B. Lawrence, (Libby) survives her as well as her daughter, Catherine Lawrence Frey (Craig); four grandchildren also survive her, Heather Burnett (Jason), of Virginia Beach, Henry Lawrence III (Leanne) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Matthew Frey (Jennifer) of Stephens City, and Sara Shields (Stephen) of Brevard. N.C.; and four great-grandchildren, Alexis Burnett, Anthony Lunsford, Jonathan Lunsford, and Sabrina Lunsford.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music or Memorial Fund.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 45 Main Street Newport News, Va.
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Published in the Daily Press from 5/27/2009 - 5/28/2009.
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y 27, 2009

At my usual Wed A.M. prayer time, I included your mother as I pray for widows. I had lost contact with her, but have precious memories of her. May God comfort you in your loss.

~ Genevieve Drewery, Newport News, Virginia

May 27, 2009

In your time of sadness, thoughts of heartfelt sympathy are with you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Brandon Banks, Newport News, Virginia
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May 28, 2009

Mrs. Lawrence was my Brownie scout leader .
I only have fond memories of her and remember how sweet she was. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

~ Jamey-Douglas Bacon, Newport News, Virginia

May 28, 2009

My sincere and deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother.
To lose someone you loved so much, is so very hard to bear. She is now one of God's ANGELS.
Her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Sandy Owen, Hampton, Virginia

May 28, 2009

I have been out-of-town and just heard the sad news today. I am so sorry about the death of your dear Mother. I will miss seeing her smiling face at NHCR. May you find peace in the precious memories of her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

~ Cat Koch, Hampton, Virginia


  Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Lawrence's family and friends at this time.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/29/09 and 05/30/09 - "Marjorie Dawson Lawrence":

I plan to image her photo/bio from the ’28  Beacon on my next visit to the Hilton Library, probably Friday afternoon.

I own a ’25  Beacon, and she is listed as a freshman, i.e. Class of 1928.

..... It turns out the she graduated in the Class of February 1929.

In that  Beacon, the image and the bio were not contiguous, hence two separate images.

   Thank you so much, David, for this invaluable addition.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Living or dying, they are blest:
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