Gloria Jean Lawrence
1961 - 2021
Gloria Jean Lawrence

On July 13th, 2021, Gloria Jean Lawrence (Pietras) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, entered into eternal rest at the age of 59. A beloved mother and wife, Gloria had spent the past decade courageously fighting a long illness before her passing. Gloria will be remembered for her strength, spirit, perseverance and her ability to light up a room.

Gloria was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 24th, 1961 to Daniel M. Pietras, Sr. and Dolores S. Pietras (Betley). Gloria attended Regina Coeli Catholic School and was a graduate from Whitmer High School. She came from a large family and was proud of her Catholic faith and Polish heritage. Gloria spent many years working for insurance agencies where she was recognized for her great work ethic, attention to detail, and friendly customer service. Gloria and her husband Grant Lawrence were teenage sweethearts and married for 42 years. Together they raised three daughters and in 2005, the Lawrence family left Ohio and relocated to New Mexico.

Gloria was known for her contagious laugh, sense of humor, and taking great pride in her home. She always celebrated and decorated for each holiday, her favorite being Halloween. Gloria had an eye for beauty, especially in fashion and decor. She had a special way of turning a house into a home and her loving presence will be deeply missed. Gardening, watching movies, spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband were Gloria's favorite pastimes. Gloria loved all animals, especially her three dogs Monty, Murphy, and Molly.

Gloria is survived by her dedicated husband Grant Lawrence and her three daughters Jessica (Gabriel Hernandez) Lawrence, Elizabeth (Timmy) Schools, and Katie (Alex) Langston. Also mourning her passing are her siblings Dianna (Randy) Schoenegge, Victoria Michalak, Marlene (Rob) Herwat, Daniel (Carolyn) Pietras, Martin (Joyce) Pietras, and Peter Pietras. Gloria was preceded in death by her loving mother Dolores Pietras and her father Daniel Pietras. Her three grandchildren Fox Langston, Summer Hernandez, and Chase Schools will greatly miss their grandmother.

In accordance with her wishes, there are no funeral services. The family requests that any donations in Gloria's memory be made to your local animal shelter.

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Published by Albuquerque Journal on Jul. 21, 2021.
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Grant, Jessica, Elizabeth, Katie, & Family, So sorry for your loss & to learn of this. You are all in my prayers. I will always remember and keep the special times that we all shared close to my heart. I will also remember how Gloria's incredible laugh always brightened everyone's day. But, most of all I will remember how much Gloria loved her family & friends. God bless all of you. David and Michelle Fowls
David Fowls
July 21, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Continued prayers of comfort and peace for your beautiful family.
JoAnne Seiple and Al Seiple
July 21, 2021
Mom, I miss you every day. I may not always cry openly, but I'm very depressed. I remember you told me you had difficulty crying or showing your sadness, too. I know I'm a lot like you in that way. But you always had this ability to always make people smile and stay positive. I aspire to he like that. As my friend, Richelle, says, you were "magnanimous." Here is my poem for you. I love you: Eternal Your laugh Will echo Eternally. Your soul Your heart Will live through me. I know where you're going You can finally smile. And I'll pray to you faithfully All the while. I'll wait to see your smiling face When I humbly approach Heaven's Gate. In the meantime your laugh will not fade but echo. The memories I have, I'll never let go. So it isn't goodbye - it never could be. You are my mother, and you'll always be.
Elizabeth Schools
July 21, 2021
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