LAWRENCE, Varnie M.
Born on April 1, 1925, in Boerne, Texas; passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on May 11, 2013, in Sacramento at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Geraldine 'Smiles' Lawrence. Greatly missed by children Steve Lawrence (Kathy) and Barbara Kinchen. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Shauna and Kristen (Scott) and great grandchildren Connor, Wyatt and Colton. Also survived by sister Connie Jean, nephews Scott and David, niece Leta and many loving friends. Preceded in death by son Jimmy, daughter Nancy, brother Wade and mother Alma. Varnie, at the time a firefighter with the Forest Service, and Smiles married when they were 18 years old, after which Varnie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during WWII. After his military service, Varnie embarked on a 38 year career with Pacific Bell. In retirement, Varnie enjoyed his love of camping, fishing and caring for his family and friends. The integrity and enthusiasm with which he lived his life will endure in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. Services will be held at East Lawn Mortuary/Sierra Hills Memorial Park on Friday, May 17th, at 2pm, with a reception to follow. Flowers may be sent directly to East Lawn Mortuary/Sierra Hills Memorial Park.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 16, 2013