In Memory of

Elenore Mae Lawrence

March 21, 1930 - December 27, 2018
From: Langdon, IA
Elenore Mae Lawrence

Elenore Mae Lawrence

Born: March 21, 1930
Died: December 27, 2018
Age: 88

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Elenore Mae VanBerkum Lawrence, daughter of James and  Magdeline (VanderBerg) VanBerkum, was born March 21, 1930, in  West Branch Township near Sioux Center, Iowa (She always said she was born at the fork of the river near Caramel.) 

Her childhood years were spent in Rock Valley, Iowa, where she received her early education, graduating from Rock Valley High School.  She attended Sheldon Vocational College where she received her teaching degree in early education.  She taught for one year in a one room schoolhouse in Plato Township. 

Elly married Duane “Dewey” Lawrence on June 8, 1951, in Rock  Valley.  Following their marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for 15 years where she worked in a nursing home.  They  moved to Spencer, Iowa, in 1966, where she  worked at HyLine  Hatchery for 16 years, retiring in 1985.  Following her retirement, she  bought and sold antiques.  

Some of her hobbies included baking for family and friends, gardening, painting, making her famous potato salad and had  collected over 400 Christmas ornaments. 

After Dewey’s passing in 2013, she moved to Langdon, Iowa, to be closer to family.  She loved to sit on her front porch and read and watched her grandchildren play across the street. 

She was a member of the Langdon United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. 

Elly passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 88.  She  was preceded in death by her parents; brother Arlyn; son-in-law, Lee Spears; and her husband of 63 years, Dewey. 

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Randy (Vickie)  Lawrence of Drexel, Missouri, and Ken (Jeannie) Lawrence of Langdon,  Iowa; her daughters, Val (Kreg) Paulsen of Langdon, Iowa, and  Kerrie (Dan) Kramme of Spirit Lake, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 19  great-grandchildren; brothers: Jim (Dee Keagon) VanBerkum of Rock Valley, Iowa, Les (Mary Jane) VanBerkum of Le Mars, Iowa, John (Denise) VanBerkum of Jackson, Michigan, plus many relatives  and friends

Memorial services will take place 2:00 P.M., Sunday, December 30, at the Langdon United Methodist Church in Langdon.
Pastor Elizabeth Odor
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.
Private family burial at a later date.


Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“Ken and Jeannie, we were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, Ken. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. ”
- Jim and Barb Kerns
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 12:42 PM
“Val and family I'm sorry to hear the passing of your mother. I always enjoyed talking to her when were bowling. That's how I got to know your parents. She will be greatly miss. May God be with your family during this time of mourning.”
- Greg Foote
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 12:42 PM
“So sorry for your family's loss-hugs and prayers to you all!”
- Kristie Wintz
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 12:42 PM
“So sorry for the loss of a beautiful caring woman. I didnt know her well but the times i spent with her will never be forgotten. Saireen is going to miss her grandma dearly. Saireen told me that her grandma elly is with grandpa louie are happy to be together again. And looking down at her. Shes so sweet. Elly will me missed. Rest in Peace.. ”
- Lana, Jesus Gaytan
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