Mary Lawrence, 94, of Friendship Ridge, Beaver, formerly of Monaca, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Born March 20, 1917, in Monaca, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna Jurkovac. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lawrence was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert E. Lawrence, Sr.; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Stanley Cvetich; two brothers George and Joseph ?John? Jurkovac; a brother-in-law Albert Antoline; a nephew, Albert Antoline; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Jurkovac; and a son-in-law, J. Donald Malhi.
Mary was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Monaca, a member of the ?Happy Hookers? Sewing Club on Monaca Heights and a former employee of St. Joe Lead Company and Phoenix Glass Company, both in Monaca.
Mrs. Lawrence enjoyed her role as homemaker. Known for her outgoing personality and generous hospitality, she loved welcoming people into her home and made friends wherever she went. Her family was the light of her life.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian Mahli and Richard Davis, of Beaver; her sister, Anna Antoline, of Monaca; a brother and sister-in-law, Matthew ?Ed? and Helen Jurkovac, of Youngstown, OH; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wilson Jurkovac, of Reynoldsburg, OH; six nieces, Susanna Berg, Carol (James) Duncan, Patricia (Joseph) George, Joan (Robin) Sagle, Jane (Howard) Markham and Lynda (Jeffrey) Knight and their children, Tanner and Walker Knight; nine nephews, Richard (Sandra) and George (Jennifer) Antoline; and Brad (Chris), Jay, Brian (Ruby), Joseph (Debi), Mark, Timothy and Jeffrey Jurkovac; the Mahli family of Conway; the Davis family of Midland, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Lawrence is also survived by a special step-daughter and dear friend, Edith Lawrence McCreary of Monaca; two step-daughters, Jean Davis and Helen Siget and a step-son, Herbert E. Lawrence, Jr. She also leaves two special lifelong friends, Nina Pepper in Florida and Eileen McGown of New Brighton. Mary will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Friendship Ridge, 3 West, for the care Mary received over the last two years.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1409 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061.
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