Ellen L. Lawrence

ROCHESTER - Ellen L. Lawrence, formerly of Olean, passed away Saturday (April 6, 2013) at the home of her daughter, Sarah Renter, at 220 Golden Road, surrounded by her loving family.
Born on May 21, 1932, in Burdett, she was a daughter of Clifford and Marvella Turner Blackwell. On July 18, 1953, in Morris, Pa., she married her husband of almost 41 years, the Rev. Paul S. Lawrence, who predeceased her Jan. 7, 1994.
Mrs. Lawrence was a 1950 graduate of Liberty (Pa.) High School and attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina. She served as church pianist in most of the churches her husband pastored, including Wesleyan churches in Wellsboro, Morris, Westfield, Bradford and Eldred in Pennsylvania and Cattaraugus and Olean in New York, as well as the Haskell Community Church in Cuba.
Mrs. Lawrence was a wonderful example of love. Her desire was that others, particularly her family, would come to know and love the Lord. She enjoyed gospel music, watching birds and other wildlife, and spending time with loved ones.
Mrs. Lawrence is survived by two sons, John (Joyce) Lawrence of Medina, Ohio, and Stan (Carol) Lawrence of Salamanca; three daughters, Sarah "Sally" (Paul) Renter of Rochester, Katherine Herbert Lawrence of Olean and Elaine Myszka Lawrence of Cuba; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Nelson Blackwell of Scranton, Pa.; a sister, Patricia (Blaine) Allen of Mansfield, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lawrence was predeceased by a brother, Clifford Blackwell Jr., in 1945.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (April 12, 2013) in the Hillside Wesleyan Church, 753 Prospect Ave., Olean. The Rev. Tom Balentine and the Rev. Roy DeVries will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, 25 California Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221; McCrea Brook Wesleyan Church, 430 McCrea Brook Road, Eldred, PA 16731; Spencerport Bible Church, 1948 N. Union St., Spencerport, NY 14559; or Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Care of Rochester and Monroe County, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580. Online condolences may be made to www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralhome.com.

Published in The Olean Times Herald from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2013