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Donna Lorraine Lawrence Donna went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 7, 2017 in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 88. Donna is survived by her husband Harold I. Lawrence, her children Gene Lawrence (Linda), Lorraine Stargel, Roger Lawrence (DeeDee), and Jerry Lawrence (Monica), brother Michael Edmonds (Ana), sister Gayle Gorham (Jim), seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Donna was born on October 3, 1928 in Toledo, Washington to Bert and Edna Edmonds, and was baptized in the Chehalis Methodist Church in 1933. The family moved to Ketchikan, Alaska for a brief period and settled in Tacoma, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. Donna was working as an office clerk at West Coast Grocery Company in downtown Tacoma when she met the love of her life at the elevator, Harold I. Lawrence, who was just returning to work after serving in the war. They married on August 31, 1946 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Tacoma, and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. While Donna was raising her family, she also worked in the grocery industry, and as a tax preparer, and was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she and Harold volunteered countless hours. They attended many performances at the Tacoma Little Theater, and enjoyed their square-dancing years, making her own dresses and embellishing Harold's shirts. During retirement years they loved to travel, taking trips to the Holy Land and Europe, cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and many vacations to the Hawaiian Islands. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working the daily crossword puzzle, pondered over answers to KOMO's question of the day, watched her favorite TV programs, 'Vanna' (Wheel of Fortune), Jeopardy, and of course, Dancing with the Stars. It goes without saying, she also truly looked forward to family 'get togethers'. The family wishes to thank the staff at Orchard Park Health Care & Rehab for their care of Donna (Mom) these last couple of years. There will be a viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home on Sunday, January 15, 2017, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 140 East 56th St, Tacoma, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Donna's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jan. 11, 2017
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