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Mary Lawrence


1917 - 2018 Notice Condolences
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Lawrence, Mary (NEE Wagner) Of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, at home, as she'd wanted, after a brief illness. She was 101. She was preceded in death by her first husband Ralph Lawrence, who passed away in 1969, and second husband Dick Lawrence. She was further preceded in death by parents John and Agnes (nee Boerner) Wagner, sister Francis Hall, brother Bill Wagner, nephew Michael Zilli, brother-in-law Jim Hall, brother-in-law Angelo Zilli, and sister-in-law Catherine Wagner. She is survived by a sister, Ellen (Wagner) Zilli of Waukesha. She is further survived by 10 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, friends and the large and loving extended Wagner, Hall Lawrence and Zilli families. Mary was born on March 10, 1917 in Montana, the eldest daughter of John and Agnes Wagner. Her family returned to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee when she was young, making their home in the Brady Street neighborhood. Mary and her first husband, Ralph, lived on 79th Street in Milwaukee. Family members have fond memories of large family gatherings at their home that included backyard barbecues, holiday parties, lots of chattering adults, and cousins running amok inside and outside. After Ralph passed away, her brother-in-law, Dick Lawrence, became a widower. Mary and Dick, who had dated briefly prior to their respective marriages, were married. She spent the latter years of her career with global accounting firm Arthur Andersen where she did administrative work for their accounting team. She was active in two Wauwatosa women's clubs and Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church. "Aunt Mary" especially enjoyed socializing with friends and family until the last day of her life. Even as she was hospitalized recently, family celebrated by bringing in Sunday brunch from her favorite restaurant. She held a wide variety of interests including the symphony, watching football and baseball, gardening and golf. She particularly loved to dine out and it's been said she could have written a guide to local restaurants, as she was an expert on what each one did well and didn't do so well. A Wisconsinite to the core, she enjoyed a good Bloody Mary and Korbel on the rocks. She held a fondness for the dogs in her life. She was known for being informed and well-read about a wide variety of topics. It was said she knew something about everything. Mary remained healthy and active her entire life. At 99, she accompanied family to a dine-in movie theater on Christmas Eve. Despite the cold weather and using a walker, she joined the group up a flight of stairs for a glass of wine and a movie. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 20, at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, 2366 N. 80th Street in Milwaukee, at 1:30 pm, with lunch to follow. Visitation will begin at 12:30 pm. Donations can be made to Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, the Wisconsin Humane Society, or to a .
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 16, 2018
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