Dr. Katherine Starks-Lawrence D.B.A
1956 - 2016
{ "" }
Share Katherine's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Dr. Katherine Starks-Lawrence, D.B.A 1956 - 2016
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Dr. Katherine Starks-Lawrence, D.B.A., (60) departed this life December 24, 2016, at Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 30, 1956, in Springfield, IL to Betty Wright Starks and Charles Starks Sr. of Springfield, IL.
Being a Springfield resident, she continually served the community and held many board positions including President, Board of Trustees, Lincoln Library of Springfield, IL. She was also a member of Junior League of Springfield, The Links Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Katherine valued education and thoroughly enjoyed teaching students. She was currently completing a Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership from Walden University. She received a BA and MA from University of Illinois Springfield. She brought her previous work experience as an Auditor for JP Morgan Chase Bank, Vice Chairman/Commissioner for City of Springfield Civil Service Commission, Technical Manager, Bureau of Budget & Fiscal Management of IDOT and President & CEO ENERi Consulting & partnership with ZG Worldwide, LLC, to the college classroom.
She touched the lives of many students through her teaching roles at local colleges including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Heartland Community College, Millikin University, Lincoln College and her current role as Assistant Professor of Marketing at MacMurray College.
Most of all Katherine Starks-Lawrence was a dedicated and beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She enjoyed traveling and jazz concerts.
She is survived by her husband Larry G. Lawrence, daughter Nicole, mother and father Charles and Betty Starks, brother Rev. Charles Starks Jr (Claudia) of Atlanta, GA. Special cousins: Charles Day, Monica Turner of Springfield, IL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Katherine was preceded in death by her sister Wanda Louise Alvis.
Funeral Services: Tuesday January 3, 2017 at St. John AME Church, 1520 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703.
Visitation: 10:00am-11:00am
Service: 11:00am-12:00pm
Interment: Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S Camp Butler Rd, Springfield, IL 62707.
Ruby Funeral Services, 1520 East Washington Street, are in charge of arrangements.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 30, 2016 to Jan. 2, 2017.
10:00 AM
Funeral service
11:00 AM
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel, Inc. - Springfield
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
32 entries
January 11, 2020
Sweet, Dear,
She always accepted and made me feel comfortable long after her brother-in-law and I divorced. She welcomed me into her home and was always very kind, making me feel like family. I miss her strength and laugh.
Mary Lawrence-Jones
January 9, 2018
I still think of you often Katharine-we all miss you.
tamara ohearn
January 20, 2017
Katherine was a really nice lady. She was my colleague at MaMurray College. She was a friend. We will miss her greatly.
Don Aubry
January 17, 2017
My deepest condolences. This news has really rocked me. Katherine had such a huge impact on my life. She came to my aided over a very difficult professional issue. Through her guidance, my life has been forever changed for the better, empowering me as an educator. She was my mentor and ally at Heartland Community College.
Jane Camp
January 16, 2017
Katherine and I taught at Lincoln College and Heartland Community College together and shared many fond memories together as well as the same birthday. Prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time. My deepest sympathies go out to Katherine's family. God Bless You!!
Katy Koe
January 16, 2017
Deepest Sympathy - we worked together at Lincoln College.
Jill Bucher
January 4, 2017
To the Bereaved Family,
My prayers and thoughts have and continue to be with you. Know that God is walking with you through this journey. Know that in time the love and memories you hold near to your heart will bring comfort and peace. May God Bless and keep you.
Kathryn Jackson-Howard
January 4, 2017
Prayers and love.
Tamara O'Hearn
January 4, 2017
To the family of Mrs. Katherine we the Wilson family at Studio Ten will miss Her dearly. ..She had to answer the call from the father...Ny Sge rest in peace. ..
The Wilson family At Studio ten
January 3, 2017
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Katherine's passing. She was a lovely, kind person and was thriving as part of the MacMurray College family. Her good humor and intelligence will be missed by all of her colleagues as well as the many students whose lives she touched. Sending a special prayer to Katherine's family and close friends.
Tamara O'Hearn
January 3, 2017
My condolences on your great loss. I just got to know Katherine recently and I very much enjoyed her company at MacMurray.
Eric Berg
January 3, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about Kathy. We were good friends in school and church, but as time went by we lost contact with each other. She was a great person and I thought of her often. My condolences go out to the entire family and may God bless you and be with you during this time. I consider it a priviledge to have know her.

Debbie (Weir) Haynes
Debbie Haynes
January 3, 2017
Katherine was a wonderful lady. I would see here on a weekly basis here in Mac Hall. She always had a wonderful smile on her face. She will missed dearly here at MacMurray College. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.
Samantha Milnes
January 3, 2017
Dr. Starks-Lawrence was a wonderful part of MacMurray College, and we will remember her fondly. I am glad that she got to spend her last semester teaching with us. We are glad to have known her, and we pray her family finds peace.
Tasha Amore
January 3, 2017
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Katherine will be dearly missed.
Allison Decker
January 3, 2017
The FTD Sleep in Peace Wreath
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
John Cox
January 2, 2017
Dear Nicole:
You have my heartfelt sympathy. I trust that the wonderful memories you have of your mom will keep her ever present in your heart. I am praying for you and your family.
Karen Dunham
January 2, 2017
Dearest Larry and Nicole, words cannot express the sorry that we are feeling in hearing about Kathy's departing. She was a special sister-in-law who was always very kind and thoughtful to me. My life as a member of the Lawrence family was richer because of her. May the Holy Spirit comfort you both in the days ahead. Love Mary Lawrence-Jones
Mary Lawrence-Jones
January 1, 2017
To; Larry & Nicole Lawrence , Mr. & Mrs Starks & family,

We know words can not replace or express the loss of your wife Larry, your mother, Nichole or MR. and Mrs. Starks daughter and Reverend Charles Starks sister. Hopefully, they will bring some comfort to each of you. So we ask God in his name that you be lifted up by his power, mercy, and compassion during this difficult time.

Kathy will be truly missed by those who had the opportunity to know her as childhood friends, class mates, church members, sorority members, and the list goes on. She was truly a quiet soldier who will be missed in our community.
Donald & Linda S. Williams
January 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for God's blessings.
Cindy Lamar
January 1, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Katherine's passing. She was a shining star when I taught her at UIS and indeed taught me a lot. After graduation she went on to great achievements, and I was always happy to learn about her success. She was a wonderful woman, and the world is sadder without her. My deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.
Mary Bohlen
January 1, 2017
Sometimes there just aren't words ... Please
know that you have my deepest sympathies

Leo Willard
December 31, 2016
Dear Betty, Charles and family.
The Allen family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and family, during this difficult time.
May God give you Peace and Comfort.
Your computer-man
Call Keith aka
Keith L. Allen & Family
Keith Allen
December 30, 2016
December 30, 2016
Larry and Nichole,

The Akers family would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to you and family, during this time of great loss. As a former Junior Leaguer, I can attest to Katherine's benevolence and generosity toward the community in which she lived. Her presence and tender devotion to her family and friends will be solely missed.
May God continue to keep you and family in his powerful embrace.
Dr. Juanita (Gregory) Akers
December 30, 2016
Larry and family,

I am very sorry to hear of Katherine's passing. May the cherished memories of good times ease your loss.
Debi Iams
December 29, 2016
Condolences from our family to yours Betty and Charles. I didn't know your daughter, but I remember Betty speaking of her often when we worked together at Sec. of State
Helen Banks
December 29, 2016
My condolence to Betty Starks and family. Praying that God give you comfort and peace. I was a coworker of Betty for years. May God bless and keep the entire family.
Margaret Brooks and family
December 28, 2016
My memories of Kathy date back so far...Washington Middle school, St.John's A.M.E., Southeast High School, visits to me at W.I.U, Macomb and as bridesmaids in each others' weddings,our children attending b-day parties together...my prayers of comfort to the family and Mrs. Starks...RIP old friend....Maria(Washington)Carde...Lisle, Illinois
December 27, 2016
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Michele (Henderson) Wilson & Family
December 27, 2016
Kathy was such a great friend and such a good person. May God bless us and your family. MUCH Love.
Celinda Hearn
December 27, 2016
Rip my highschool friend
Francine Jackson
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences