Lillian Anderson Lawrence, of Red Wing, died peacefully at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was 97 years old.
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She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings as well as her devoted husband, Alton "Tony" Lawrence and her youngest son, Jay Alton Lawrence.
Surviving Lillian is her eldest son, Stephen Allen Lawrence (Marilyn); her only daughter, Anne Lawrence Jones (Scott); and her daughter-in-law, Peg Lawrence; as well as four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Lillian was born July 12, 1916, to Stephen and Lena Anderson, in Wanamingo. It was during her childhood in Wanamingo where she developed her lifelong love of playing the piano, and she became a fine soloist and accompanist. She loved sports and played basketball in her youth. Lillian studied at St. John's Hospital School of Nursing for two years and then transferred to the University of Minnesota to complete her studies in pediatrics and contagions. She lived in the nurses' housing in Red Wing where she met lifelong friends, including the man she would call her husband for 60 years. She eventually became the charge nurse at St. John's Hospital.
Lillian was a member of the Eastern Star and served as Grand Matron. Over the years she belonged to many organizations, including Par Law and the Red Wing Country Club where she played golf and was an excellent bridge companion. She and Tony spent many winters in Mesa, Ariz., where they enjoyed the relaxing years of retirement in the company of their dear friends, both old and new. A lifelong, active member of the United Lutheran Church, Lil spent many years as a Sunday school teacher, a position she truly loved.
Lillian will always be remembered as a great friend and fabulous hostess. She was generous with her time and charity. People were always welcome in her home. Where else could an unexpected guest be greeted by an impeccably dressed woman with a warm smile and refreshment at the ready? At Lil's! Although she suffered devastating losses during her lifetime, she remained optimistic and true to her God. Her faith was an enormous part of her life and comfort. It is because of this faith that her saddened family can release her without concern back to those that have gone before her - those that she has dearly missed.
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing. There will be a visitation before the service at 10 a.m.
Memorials are preferred to Red Wing Area Hospice and United Lutheran Church.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing.
Online condolences may be sent to mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Mahn Family Funeral Home
602 Plum Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 19, 2014