Mary Ann Lawrence

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mary Ann Lawrence, 78, of New Castle, Ind., passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle. She was born April 15, 1935, in Alton, Mo., a daughter of the late Perry and Ella (Casey) Roberts.

Mary Ann graduated from high school in Alton in 1953. A resident of New Castle since 1970, she was employed at J.C. Penney for 14 years until the New Castle store closed. She enjoyed cooking, taking cruises and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Melvin Lawrence of New Castle, whom she married Feb. 3, 1955, in St. Louis; a daughter, Teresa (John) Ayres of Noblesville; a son, Mark (Marieda) Lawrence of Russellville; five grandchildren, Brandon (Kaci) Lawrence of Littleton, Colo., Jade (Marlena) Lawrence of Greenwood, Ark., Robby Horn of Noblesville, Ind., Mary Ann Horn of Indianapolis and Ellen Horn of Indianapolis; two step-grandchildren, Marci (Jerred) Copeland of Raleigh, N. Car., and Sara Ayres of Indianapolis; four great-grandchildren, Maddie Lawrence, Zoe Lawrence, Will Lawrence, and Reid Lawrence; and a step-great-grandchild, Perry Copeland; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Roberts and Anna Marie Roberts, both of Alton, Mo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Paul, Willard, Phillip, Alex, Lloyd and Louie Roberts.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Research Association, 50 East 91st Street Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830 or the charity of the donor's choice.