Ora Kathryn Lawrence
(you probably knew her as Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Great-Great Grandma, or
Aunt Ora) answered the call of eternal life on October 18, 2015 after a long
struggle with dementia. Her humble and sweet spirit is carried on by her
remaining two sons Lloyd and Robert, her sister Velma, her loving
daughters-in-law (Catherine, Terry, and Charleen), 15 grandchildren, 42 great
grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and the extended family and friends
from all parts of the country - too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Ora, born in 1925 to
Charles and Rosa Simmons, was raised in Missouri. From day one, family was
Ora’s passion. On December 24, 1941 Ora married Charles “Charlie” Lawrence, the
only boy smart enough, in her opinion, to not roll his pants up when walking
with a girl. They had many adventures during their marriage including moving to
Boise in the 50’s to work in the logging industry.
Ora was many things
in her life. She was a mother who wholeheartedly threw herself into raising
four rambunctious children, and an open door and safe haven for all her nieces,
nephews and grandchildren. She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher at
Highlands Baptist Church and a music lover, often humming songs to herself. She
was a Yahtzee and Dominoes master, and a chef whose specialty was elk steak.
Most of all, she was a teacher. In her 90 years of life, she passed on so much
wisdom: Stop to smell the lilacs. There’s always room for a little something
sweet. Focus on the best qualities in other people. Be grateful for what you
have. Give freely because life is better shared with others. Love your family
no matter what.
Ora is reunited in
Heaven with her loving husband, favorite camping buddy, and soul mate Charles
Lawrence, her daughter Gladys Duggan, and her son James Lawrence. They will be
singing in harmony for the rest of eternity.
A service will be
held Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise on October 24 at 10 am to celebrate
her life. A viewing will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at
the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Dry Creek
Cemetery. The family would like to thank
the staff at Boise Operations LLC for their tender care of Ora during her final
years of life. If desired, donations can be made for dementia and Alzheimer’s