OBITUARY – Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence

Mrs. Catherine Maria Lawrence went on to be with God on Friday January 13, 2012 in New York.

She was 81.

She taught in Dominica government schools for 20 years from 1950 to 1970 and taught in Brooklyn schools from 1970 to 1995.

She was married for 45 years to Sylvester Lawrence who was deceased in 1996.

Left  to mourn are her eight children, three step-children, 15 grand-children, two great-grand children, several cousins and a host of friends and acquaintances.

Besides her academic education at Brooklyn College, earning both a BA and a MA degree in Education, she possesed a prolific imagination as an avid tutor of Mathematics and book reading, while helping her own children and others in their pursuit for higher education.

She was also known in Dominica as a Girl Guide leader and tailor who sewed clothing for others.

Indeed, she was a generous lady who left her mark on scores of people in Dominica and the USA.

Wake –Cobbs’ Funeral Services, 98-08 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, 11369— Sunday, January 22, 2012    4—8 PM

Father Robert Sadlack at 7:00 PM

Funeral Services– St Gabriel Parish (Next door to Cobbs’ Funeral Services)
26-26 98th St, East Elmhurst, NY 11369 Phone: (718) 639-0474

Monday, January 23, 2012    9:00 AM –10:00 AM, Father Robert Sadlack

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  1. Annon
    January 17, 2012

    My condolences.
    Was this Ma Lawrence whose husband was a police sgt, mother of Scobie and Algernon, Peck etc?

    • Rabbit Ears
      January 17, 2012

      Coming to think og it, she does look like Deborah Lawrence.

    • true
      January 17, 2012

      No, different lady, she use to live behind public works in lower goodwill.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2012

      No,This was Ma Lawrence nee Deshaut from Portsmouth who lived in Leblanc Lane, Goodwill, mother of Earl Lawrence and Dony Lawrence and was married to Mighty Karessah(Sylvester Lawrence),a policeman.

  2. River Street
    January 17, 2012

    Condolence to the family. Miss Lawrence taught me in Roseau Mix Infant School. I remember her along with Miss Elwin, Miss Taverner,and Miss Robinson. These were the teachers who help set our foundation. Some 20 years ago, I met her in New York at a store she turned to me and said that she knew me, sure enough she was right. She was a wonderful teacher and person. Jah bless. R.I.P.

  3. Justice and Truth
    January 16, 2012

    My deepest sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace. Amen!

  4. me
    January 16, 2012

    At least the name of the community where she was from would probaly invoke some memories. May she rest peacefully

    • Justice and Truth
      January 16, 2012

      @ me

      I also thought about that. No name of where she resided. Who knows? I may know her. I am racking my brains about it.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2012

      She lived in Portsmouth,St Joseph, Roseau and Goodwill where she taught at those schools.

  5. claudius Anthony
    January 16, 2012

    A wonderful beautiful ang generous woman,she sewed my first carnival costume at her home at 52 King george V street May her soul rest in peace

    • Justice and Truth
      January 16, 2012

      @ claudius anthony

      I may know her then. While attending CHS I resided in King George V St. What was her maiden name – surname?

      • Anonymous
        January 17, 2012

        Her maiden name was Deshaut. Relatives were from Portsmouth and Vieille Case

      • January 17, 2012

        Ms Lawrence was my godmother. Her maiden name was Deshaut who lived in Portsmouth

  6. Brenda Sylvain NY
    January 16, 2012

    Though words, however gentle, cannot take your loss away, may this heartfelt message help somehow to comfort you today.
    With Deepest Sympathy, to the family.

  7. -
    January 16, 2012

    my condolences 2 the family

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