Loretta Willis Lawrence, was born on June 14, 1932 on Harkers Island to Norman and Edith Willis. She was their first child, and later her brother, Darrell would complete the family. Loretta passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1, 2019 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lived according to the gospel and devoted her life to the Church. Loretta will be remembered as a “pillar” of the Harkers Island Ward.
At the age of 15, Loretta married Walton Lawrence, on August 2, 1947 in Morehead City. Their courtship would begin with Walton traveling from Otway to Harkers Island by horseback. The first child born to this union, and only son, was Charles Walton, two years later, their first daughter, Myrna Joyce, followed by Cathy Elaine, and eleven years later Tracy Denise would come to make the family complete. Loretta and Walton traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, where on June 14, 1962, they were sealed for time and all eternity.
Loretta loved serving and helping others. She was employed as a nurse’s assistant with Sea Level and Carteret General Hospitals. After retirement, Loretta was elected to serve as a board member for the Harkers Island Electric Co-Op.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Harkers Island Ward meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Vergie Mae Cemetery.
She is survived by her three children, Charles Lawrence and wife Toni, Myrna Willis and husband Darrel, and Cathy Guthrie; Grandchildren, Richard, Vanessa, Patrick, Vaughn, Shanna, Karen, David, Mikal, Brant; Great-Grandchildren, Ashlyn, Amber, Richard, Carlee, Gunnar, Camaryn, Matthew, Gracyn, Cale, Charlotte, Finley, Trace, Rhiannon, Eric, Trevor, Addison, and Shelby.
In addition to her parents and brother, she was preceded in death by her husband Walton Lawrence, and daughter Tracy Lawrence Ballou.
Flowers are welcome, or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 72123-1718.
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Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.
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