Mildred Lawrence

Mildred Lawrence Mildred Elizabeth Gregg Lawrence was born February 18, 1917, in Gifford, Idaho, the only surviving child of Olive Speer Smith and Ward Lee Smith. She died peacefully at home in Alton, south of Fortuna, California, on February 20, 2013, under the care of her devoted friend and caregiver Ada McAllister. Mildred graduated from high school in Kooskia, Idaho, and attended Lewiston Normal College for teachers. Mildred and Oakley Gregg married in 1941 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They moved to Seattle, Washington where Oakley worked for Boeing Aircraft for the duration of World War II. They moved to Rio Dell, CA, where both worked for Pacific Lumber Company -- Oakley as a logger and machine operator; Mildred worked in the accounting office. After graduating from Humboldt State College in 1959, Mildred taught at Loleta Elementary School for over 20 years. She was an accordion player and enjoyed attending performances by the Humboldt Accordionaires. She was an excellent photographer; the Fortuna Camera Club awarded her a lifetime membership. Oakley died in February 1982. Mildred married Loren Lawrence on December 29, 1990. Loren passed away in April 2000. Mildred is survived by nephew Gordon Gregg, Gordon's sister, Becky Shafer, Gordon's cousin Jeff DeLahoyd, cousin Willa Mae Lowary, daughter-in-law Peggi Lawrence, stepson-in-law Gary Lawrence (Signe).She is also survived by devoted granddaughter Dena Lawrence, other grandchildren Lori Louise Lawrence, Ellen Skagerberg (Eric) Sandra Etemad (Majid), Bradley Lawrence (Heidi), Brent Lawrence (Joan) and Angela Kemling (Alan) as well as many other loving relatives and friends. Mildred attended Hope Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the church, 1940 Ross Hill Road in Fortuna; with a reception afterward. An inurnment will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Humboldt or Hope Lutheran Church. Please sign the guestbook at, click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2013