Edwena Howell Lawrence, age 81, of Rome, Ga passed away Saturday, March 15 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. The funeral service was held 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, March 18 at the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, Florida, followed by internment at the Holly Hill Cemetery.
Edwena grew up in Port St. Joe, FL, the daughter of William and Calla Howell. She graduated from Port St. Joe High School in the class of 1950. She was married to Raymond Lawrence, also of Port St. Joe for 40 years. Both Edwena and Raymond retired from the Florida Department of Corrections in 1994. They moved to Rome, Georgia to be closer to family in 2006.
The first thing people noticed about Edwena was that she loved life and she loved her Lord. She was a talented musician and played both the piano and organ. She was a church pianist from age 14 to age 73! She was also a talented artist and enjoyed painting and photography. She was a devoted wife and mother and, together with Raymond, raised five healthy boys. She spent most of her career as an administrator for various businesses and finally, with the Department of Corrections.
Edwena is survived by her husband, Raymond Lawrence, five sons, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her family included Steve and Pam Lawrence, Ron and Joanne Cox, Ray and Judy Lawrence, David and Alisa Lawrence, and Rusty and Amanda Cox.
Funeral services are being provided by Comforter Funeral Home.