Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kathryn Robb Lawry Eulogy

Kathryn Lawry was born on July 7, 1928, to Gladys Moore Robb and Harry Taft Robb.  She was the first of four children.  Two sisters, Joanne Robb and Jeanette Cauley preceded her in death.  Her brother, James Van Bibber resides with his wife Pavla in Hutto TX.

Kathryn enjoyed attending the Methodist church as a child.  She met Lloyd Lawry on a blind date while she was in Dallas, attending Southern Methodist University.  After a few weeks, they were married by a justice of the peace in his office above the Cokesberry bookstore in Dallas. They were married for 48 years until his death in 1995. They had four children, Jane, Paul, Phillip, and Ruth. She was preceded in death by her son Paul in 1982.

She loved people, and before her mind began to be clouded by Alzheimer's, she had numerous friends and considered it a ministry to send them all encouraging Christian themed cards.  She led a Bible study for older ladies at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Irving, Texas. She and Lloyd faithfully took their grandchildren who lived nearby to church with them.  When their children were at home, they took them to church three times a week.  She worked in the library at First Baptist Church in Irving as a volunteer.  Later she was employed as an assistant librarian in Irving, and after that at Goodyear for eighteen years, until her retirement.

At the age of 40, she bought her first car, then went to Sears and signed up for their driving school and got her first driver's license.

She befriended several older women in Irving and Mena and ran errands and showed Christ's love by spending time with them and taking them to appointments and sharing her beloved Christian fiction books with them. She cared for her husband, Lloyd in their home through his battle with COPD until his death.  A few years later she cared for her elderly mother until she died of cancer.

She loved needlework, and crocheted, cross-stitched, and needlepointed many decorative and useful items that are still in use today by many people.  She was an avid reader and loved playing “42” and “Skip-bo” with Lloyd and his brothers and their wives. She also enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, and often had one going in her home.

She leaves to cherish her memory one brother and his wife, three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

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