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Peggy Lawrence

Peggy Kirk Lawrence Naples, FL

Peggy Kirk Lawrence, 79, passed away in Naples, FL on May 19, 2014 after a courageous battle with illness.

She was the beloved wife of the late John R. 'Jack' Lawrence; cherished mother of Julia Bodemann (Brian) of Lowell, MI and Elizabeth Lawrence of Naples, FL; and adored grandmother or 'Gemmy/Boppie' to Katie and Anna Bodemann and Chloe and Zach Goebel.

She was predeceased by her sister, Judith Summers Crawshaw; and leaves behind a grieving extended family of her sister, Patricia Kirk Beggs (James) of Cincinnati, OH; brothersin-law, William Lawrence of Naples, FL, and Jere Lawrence (Dorothy) of Newtown, PA; as well as nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Her late parents were Edna Shannon Kirk Fields and James Shannon; and stepfather, Lt. Colonel John S. Kirk.

Peggy, a 26-year resident of Naples, was born in Greenwood, MS, but grew up in Memphis and Dayton. During her 54 year marriage to high school sweetheart, Jack, she lived in Dayton and Grand Rapids, MI, before retiring to Naples. She was a graduate of Miami University, OH, and Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Dayton. Over the years, she held several senior nursing and management positions in obstetrics and geriatric care, and also worked as a legal medical consultant.

Peggy Lawrence radiated positive energy and possessed the rare ability to make everyone she met feel special. Her genuine warmth won her fans in all that she did, and her infectious sense of humor never left her - even in the darkest hours of her last days. While Peggy enjoyed success professionally, her life's greatest joy was in the loving care of her family.

Peggy was a gracious hostess, gourmet cook, gardener, seamstress, artist, nurse, loving wife, mother and grandmother, yet found time to purse her other passions of theater, music and the arts. She was an avid reader, and volunteered often, including as a docent for the Art Institute of Dayton and tutoring in the public schools. Her award-winning water colors and paintings grace the walls of many homes today.

Memorials may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Collier County.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to The Beachwood Cremation Society, 261-1767.

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Published in Naples Daily News on June 8, 2014
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