Doris Lorene Lawrenson, 85, of Sterling, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, in Brush.
She was born October 19, 1927, in Sidney, NE, the daughter of Edward and Ruth Elizabeth Rogers Brachtenbach. She grew up on the family farm in Peetz and attended school there until the high school burned down during her junior year in 1944.
She then moved to Sterling and lived with a host family so she could finish her schooling. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1945.
While living in Sterling, she worked for Woolworth's for a few years until she accepted a job at Ray Smith Motors in 1950 and worked there as a bookkeeper until 1966.
In 1961, Doris met Edward Lawrenson and they were married on June 18, 1966, in Sterling at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
They lived in Galesburg, Illinois, for three years and on August 25, 1969, were blessed with their first child, a son named Brian. They were blessed again with their second child on April 1, 1972, a daughter named Renee.
Family and faith were everything to Doris up to her last days with her family at her side. Her kind soul and bright smile will be forever missed.
Surviving are a son, Brian Lawrenson of Denver and his fiance, Shawn Unrein and daughter, Trinity; a daughter, Renee (Chris) Losh of Strasburg; two grandchildren, Logan and Rylan Losh of Strasburg and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ed and Ruth Brachtenbach, her husband, Edward Lawrenson in 2008, her twin sister, Delores Brachtenbach, sister Vonda Giesey and a brother, Donnie Brachtenbach.
A recitation of the Rosary was held Monday, October 14, 2013 at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Robert L. Wedow officiating.
Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church.