Obituary: Joyce Lawrence

Obit LawrenceJoyce E. Lawrence, age 64 of Watertown, and formerly of Hancock, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at her home in Watertown.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (41 E. First Street) in Waconia with Father Martin Shallbetter as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation will be held Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and at the church 1 hour prior to the Mass. Interment in the church cemetery.

Joyce E. Lawrence was born on June 19, 1948, in Odessa, Minn., the daughter of Anton and Isabel (Keeler) Cordie.

Joyce adored her family and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. She raised her children in Hancock, Minn. While in Hancock she was co-owner of Lawrence’s Food Market and also owned and operated Sunshine Corner Day Care. Joyce received her GED and obtained her nursing asst. certificate. By obtaining her nursing certificate she worked at nursing homes which brought her great joy taking care of the residents. Joyce was a people person and loved to visit with anyone she came in contact with most likely over a cup of coffee. She loved the Christmas season and decorating the house for the holiday. Joyce had many pastimes which included crocheting, flower gardening, baking and cooking. Joyce was a very devoted to her Catholic Faith wherever she resided.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents Anton and Isabel Cordie; siblings Hildegard Skay, Marie Bauer, Aloyus Cordie, Rita Kelly, Evelyn Peschel, Dolly Loy, Geraldine Bruns, Lois Maitrejean, Alice Streich, Antonia Billings, James Cordie.

Joyce is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Steve and Shirley Lawrence of Watertown, Sherri and Graham Parsons of Montrose, Donald and Katie Lawrence of Becker; grandchildren Tracey (Terrance) Williams, Jessica Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Tarra Parsons, Travis Parsons, Justin Lawrence, Hannah Lawrence, Deedra Lawrence, Ellie Lawrence; great-grandchildren Allyson, Tamara, Caitlyn, Aidan, Teagan; siblings and spouses Don and Marion Cordie of Aitkin, Rose and Jerome Leavens of Flippin, AR, Eugene and JoAnn Cordie of Deerwood, Virgil Cordie of Chico, Calif; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Casket Bearers were Joyce’s Grandchildren.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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