Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 18, 2012

Elizabeth Lawrence


MT. VERNON — — Elizabeth Jane  Lawrence, 97, of Bonnie, died 1:02 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.

She was born Monday, Dec. 18, 1914, in West Frankfort, daughter of Herschel Clarence and Margaret (Hutton) Harriss. She married Kenneth Robert Lawrence on Nov. 27, 1933, at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1962.

Mrs. Lawrence was a sales clerk at the Bonnie Grocery Store and later was a medical billing specialist at Jefferson Memorial Hospital until retiring. She was a Sunday School teacher for several years, a member of Bonnie United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by sons, William L. Lawrence and wife Esther of Fairview Heights and Robert Michael Lawrence and wife Greta of Mt. Vernon; daughters, Kendra Finley and husband Walt of Hillsboro and Carolyn Hayes and husband Donald of Bonnie; 12 grandchildren, Ken Hayes of Bay City, Texas, Donny Hayes and wife Lynn of Mt. Vernon, Jim Dill of Dayton, Tenn., Brian Finley of Maryville, Bruce Finley and wife Lisa of Hillsboro, David Finley and wife Kelli of Rochester, Regina Driskill and husband Eric of St. Louis, Robin Lawrence of Fairview Heights, Craig Lawrence and wife Brandi of Mt. Vernon, Julie Lawrence of Mt. Vernon, Sarah Richardson and husband Clifton of Bonnie and David Lawrence of Mt. Vernon; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Clarence and Lester Harriss.

Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.