MATTOON -- Betty L. Lawrence, age 88 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 10:02 A.M., Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A private graveside service will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, IL. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Betty’s life at Burgess-Osborne Auditorium, 1701 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938 from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Sunday, March 11, 2018. Services are in care of Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Betty was born November 28, 1929 in Benton Harbor, MI, the daughter of Earl and Frances (Carwile) Walters. She married James L. Lawrence on January 28, 1972 in Mattoon, IL; he precedes her in death in 1988. Betty is survived by her two children: Larry Nelson and wife Teri, Laurie McGinnis and husband William Tracey; six step-children, Jim Lawrence and wife Christie, Cindy Diederich and husband Dave, Lewis Lawrence and special friend Carol Kaufman, Theresa Lawrence, Karla Tarkington and husband Keith, and Chuck Lawrence and wife Leslie; one son-in-law, Paul Satterly; five grandchildren, Alta King, Rob Farmer and wife Kasey, Samantha Shook, Betty Sears and husband Adam, and Joel Nelson; and eighteen step-grandchildren. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one step-son, Robert “Bobby” Lawrence; and one daughter, Sharon Satterly.

Betty was an office manager at J.L. Lawrence and Company for many years before she retired. She was a devoted University of Kentucky basketball fan. She enjoyed drawing, sitting outdoors, and bird feeding. Above all else, she loved her family and spending time with them. They will miss her greatly.

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