Ann K. Lawrence


Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

Longtime Soldotna resident Ann K. Lawrence died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage due to complications from diabetes. She was 67.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Harold Lawrence, at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Pallbearers will include Larry, Greg and Chris Lawrence and Jim, Richie and Raymond Patterson. Eric Lawrence will be an honorary pallbearer.

Mrs. Lawrence was born March 26, 1937, in Sigurd, Utah, where she was raised and educated.

In September 1959, she and her two children, Glenna and Rick, flew from Salt Lake City to Anchorage to rejoin her husband, "Blackie" Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence had driven the Alaska Highway in May 1959, towing a 30-foot mobile home, along with the Glenn "Red" McCollum family. They all settled in the Soldotna-Kenai area to work at the recently discovered Swanson River Oil Field. Two more of their sons, Larry and Greg, were born on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mrs. Lawrence worked as a housekeeper at Central Peninsula General Hospital from 1980 to 1995, as well as working various other jobs in the Soldotna-Kenai area.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 20, Women of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 and the Soldotna Lions Club. She served as senior vice president for the VFW Post No. 10046 Ladies Auxiliary and as an Alaska Judicial Observer. Over the years she volunteered her time to many organizations.

"Ann was a joy to all who met her. She was independent, loving and had a great sense of humor. Ann will be missed and loved by those who knew her," her family said.

Mrs. Lawrence was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Almira Gurr; husband, Harold "Blackie" Lawrence; brother, Merrill Gurr; and sister, Virga Nay.

She is survived by her daughter and son in-law, Glenna and Jim Patterson of Nikiski; son, Rick Lawrence of Soldotna; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Tasha Lawrence of Soldotna and Greg and Karen Lawrence of Soldotna; brothers, Willis Gurr of Cedar City, Utah, and Merlin Gurr of Salt Lake City; sisters, Veoma Oldroyd of Salt Lake City and Linda Larson of St. George, Utah; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Coral and David Kerr of Fort Worth, Texas; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Richie and Micki Patterson of Nikiski; grandsons, Raymond Patterson of Anchorage, Eric and Chris Lawrence of Soldotna; granddaughters, Tiffany Lawrence of Portland, Ore., Becky and Shari Lawrence, both of Soldotna, Teena Patterson of Nikiski and Michelle Lawrence of Soldotna; great-granddaughter, Alina Patterson of Nikiski; and many nieces and nephews of Utah.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the VFW Post No. 10046 Ladies Auxiliary, 134 Birch Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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