Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 11, 2013

Bernice C. Lawrence

HOWELL, Mich. — Bernice C. “Claire” Lawrence, age 97 of Howell, formerly of Rapid City and Middleville, Mich., passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013. She was born Oct. 14, 1915 in Rapid City, Mich., the daughter of Allan E. and Cecil M. (Lincoln) Morrison.

She was the beloved wife of the late Elton Waldo Lawrence (Feb. 2002) whom she had married in August 1937 in Saginaw, Mich.; dear mother of David Lawrence of Middleville and Mark Lawrence of Howell; grandmother of Eric Grafmiller of Bloomfield Hills, Phillip Lawrence of Wyoming, Greg Lawrence of Middleville, Andy Lawrence of Owosso and Rebecca DeJesus of Los Angeles; great-grandmother of seven and great-great-grandmother of one. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Guest of Roswell, Ga. and preceded in death by her daughter, Phyllis Ann Grafmiller and siblings, Elsie Jerome, Jean Burkhart, William Morrison and James Morrison.

Graveside services for Claire will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Middleville. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Alden United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice. Arrangements by MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please sign the family’s online guestbook at

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