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Obituary for Alene Cole Lawrence

Alene Cole  Lawrence
Alene C. Lawrence, 85, of Roanoke, Va., was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

She was born on Monday, March 13, 1933, in Princeton, W.Va., daughter of the late Coy Royster Cole and Virgie Mae Riffe Cole.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, James Wesley Lawrence.

Alene grew up in Rock, W.Va. She married her high school sweetheart, James, on August 18, 1951. Their journey together led them from West Virginia to Austria, Chicago, and lastly Virginia.

Beginning in 1968, Alene enjoyed a long exemplary career with Elizabeth Arden and its predecessors. Alene and James were charter members of the Salem Church of God where she faithfully served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Alene was a godly woman who was gracious, kind, and loving, always preferring others above herself. She will be treasured as a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Alene is survived by her children, James David Lawrence and wife, Sally Brewer Lawrence, Steven Wesley Lawrence, Mark Stuart Lawrence and wife, Lauren L. Lawrence, and Cathy Lynn Lawrence; grandchildren, James S. Lawrence and wife, Katie Lawrence, Cole S. Lawrence and wife, Lindsey Lawrence, Joshua R. Lawrence and wife, Cynthia Lawrence, and Ivey E. Amburgey and husband, Andrew Amburgey; siblings, Peggy Yeary and husband Phil, and Leoma Worthington; and beloved pets, Susy, Lissy Lou, and Sulmi.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018 in the funeral home’s chapel with Rev. Mark Cary officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Vashist Nobbee of Lewis Gale Physicians for his loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Good Samaritan Hospice at 2408 Electric Road in Roanoke, Va. 24018. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.