Margaret Lawrence, 87, of Spruce Pine, Swiss Pine Lake community, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday December 31, 2009, at her residence following a long illness. Born on October 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late George Henry and Emelie Westerweller Amrhein. She graduated from Marietta College (Ohio) in 1944. That same year she married William Harvey Lawrence, a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1943 until 1970. They lived in Memphis, TN from 1945 until 1971, when they moved to Spruce Pine. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine where she served as president of the Women’s Circle; she also was a member of the Friends of the Spruce Pine Public Library and the Board of Directors of the Spruce Pine Library, and the Mitchell County Historical Society. She and her husband Bill volunteered for the Mountain Opportunity Center and the Special Olympics. A former schoolteacher and archivist, she was an avid reader and spent much quality time with her family and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Harvey Lawrence, and a sister, Mary Amrhein.
She is survived by two daughters: Nancy Caroline Lawrence Mosley and husband Michael of Charlotte, NC and Betty Tenn Lawrence of Asheville, NC, and a brother, George Carl Amrhein of Eugene, OR. She is also survived by two grandsons; Daniel Lawrence Mosley of Charlotte and William Zane Lawrence of Asheville.
A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Lawrence will be conducted on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine with the Rev. Bill Sweetser officiating. The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, PO Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
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