Birth Date: September 17, 1919
Death Date: October 11, 2018
Lois Marie Lawrence, 99, of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Hickory Point Christian Village.
Lois was born in Palestine, IL to Mayo and Bertha (Meeks) Adams on September 19, 1919.
Lois was a graduate of Millikin University with a bachelor and master’s degree in music education.
She lived life dedicated to music. Her teaching career included being a piano and voice teacher at Millikin University, public school director of vocal music at Roosevelt Jr. High and Eisenhower High School in Decatur; high school music instructor in Pleasant Plains, IL; music supervisor at Loves Park, Illinois and teaching guitar, voice, and recorder at Belmopan Comprehensive School, Belmopan, Belize, Central America.
Lois was awarded the Millikin Alumni Merit Loyalty Achievement Award in 1989. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Lota, professional women’s music fraternity and served as Province President. She was also a member of Friends of the Arts, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C and officer of the Womens Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra.
She was the director of Belmopan Choral Society and Fine Arts Festival, director of Christian Education at Short Hills and director of the Boys Handbell Choir.
Lois’s lifetime was devoted to church music, including multiple choir programs at First Methodist Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, Methodist Church in McLean, Virginia and Grace Methodist Church in Decatur, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Lois and Carl Lawrence Scholarship Fund-Millikin University.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Lawrence; son, Greg Lawrence and her parents
Lois leaves behind to cherish her precious memories; sister, Wilma Skinner; nephew, Richard Skinner; niece, Sara Campbell; grandchildren, Adam and Abram (Cindy) Lawrence, Una Marie Lawrence; and great granddaughter, Maya Sophia.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Lois Lawrence will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2018, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
The family of Lois Lawrence is being served by Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.