2LAWRS052814A.jpg SHIRLEY H. LAWRENCE MILTON - Shirley passed peacefully, with the sun on her face, to her heavenly rest on May 25, 2014, to join her husband, Toby. She had a quiet but feisty nature that allowed her to live a full life centered around family, friends, gardening and nursing. She was able to live independently until six weeks before her death, when she experienced a short period of declining health following a fall. Shirley was born July 16, 1931, the youngest of three daughters, to Albert and Marjorie Hunt in Montpelier. She graduated from Vergennes High School in 1949. That same year, she contracted polio and was told she would never be able to complete nursing school. Her polio perhaps defined the inner strength and strong will that she carried with her throughout her life, as did growing up during the Depression. True to her nature, she persevered and completed training as an RN at Mary Fletcher Hospital. She went on to a long career at the Elizabeth Lund Home, in private duty, and as an IV nurse at Fletcher Allen. She married Maurice "Toby" Lawrence on Aug. 10, 1953, and they were married for 57 years. They had two sons, Don and David, who they raised in Milton by the Lamoille River. Many years after her friends began to earn bragging rights to grandchildren, she was blessed with her own. She lovingly cared for Matthew and Daniel until they entered school, and they developed a strong lifelong bond with her. Several years later, she welcomed two more grandsons, Joshua and Ethan, who lived further away, but were close in heart and they knew her as Mame L. Her children and grandchildren were the greatest joy in her life. She instilled a sense of love and a love of nature in her sons and grandsons. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Red Hat Society, and Milton United Church. She is survived by Don and Wendy Lawrence of Fletcher, and David and Melissa Lawrence of Eden; grandsons, Matthew of Brandon, Fla., Daniel and his fiancee, Heather Peatman, of Monkton, and Joshua and Ethan of Eden; sister, Maddy Tulip of St. Albans; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves many dear friends who supported her during her life. She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and sister, Alma. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton, with calling hours on July 24, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial will be at the Vermont Veterans' Cemetery beside Toby, who was a Korean War Veteran, on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 1 p.m. An informal celebration of her life will be held at Don and Wendy's home in Fletcher after the services. Contributions may be made to Franklin County Home Health Hospice or the American Legion. Online condolences may be made to

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 28, 2014