Dorothy Lawrence
1939 - 2017
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Dorothy Lee Lawrence

The Villages, FL

March 14, 1939 - January 5, 2017

Dorothy Lee Lawrence (nee Sleeper), 77, of The Villages, FL, and past resident of Battle Creek, Bellevue and Richland, passed away on January 5, 2017 from complications due to pneumonia and Parkinson's Disease.  The internment of her ashes and a memorial service will be held this Saturday, May 13th, 2017.

Dorothy was born March 14, 1939, in Albion, Michigan, to Clarence and Vera Sleeper.  She graduated from Springport High School in 1957.  She initially worked as a secretary and a medical transcriptionist, then began 24 years of dedicated service to the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, retiring in 1995. Her first husband, James R. Lawrence, Sr., preceded her in death in 2001. She moved to Florida in 2005, and into The Villages in 2009.  In 2014 she married Clarence "Clem" Wyland, who preceded her in death by just hours on January 4, 2017.  She is survived by her children, Debbra Kirkby (FL), James Lawrence (IN), Stephen Lawrence (Lee Ackerman, NY), her six grandchildren (Grace Alleman; Kiersten, Elijah, Joel, Rachel and David Lawrence), and her brothers Richard Sleeper (MI) and Dail Sleeper (FL).

Dorothy was a little lady with an enormous heart. Her unconditional love for her husband, family and friends, and her compassion for all of God's children was evident in every facet of her life.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The internment will be at 10 AM, Saturday, May 13th, in the Prairie Home Cemetery, 9200 East D Avenue, Richland, MI. Following the internment, there will be a memorial luncheon at the W. K. Kellogg Manor House, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI.  The luncheon will begin at 11 AM and run through 2 PM.  For catering purposes, please RSVP to 516-404-3386.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy's honor to the United Church of Christ in The Villages (12514 Co Rd 101, Oxford, FL 34484) to support the various ministry activities to which she dedicated her time and compassion.  Additionally, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation ( or to PFLAG Lady Lake (

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on May 9, 2017.
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11:00 - 02:00 PM
10:00 AM
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May 9, 2017
Had the pleasure of working with Dorothy for many years at Kelloggs. Always a good worker and fun to be around. Our sincere condolences to family and friends.
Ray & Albina Rowles
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