Lola Mae Lawler, 89, of Midland passed away Thursday Dec. 18, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland at 1402 W. Illinois, officiated by the Rev. Josie Rose and Deacon Mary Collier. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the Church Parish Hall prior to the service.
Lola was born to Arthur James and Gracie Easterly on Sept. 12, 1919, in Kemp, Texas. She attended school in Grand Saline, Texas. She was married to W.D. Lawler Jr. on April 2, 1939, in Canton, Texas. Lola worked as a cosmetic and perfume clerk most of her life. She was a member of the North A and Tennessee Church of Christ and the Midland Senior Center.
Lola was forever the busy worker, whether she was on a paying job, volunteer or just at home with family, she made sure everyone had whatever they needed or wanted. She also ascribed faithfully to the motto that a penny saved was a penny earned. She made what little money she and her husband were able to save from a Texas State job last for her final years.
Lola had many abilities to do for others, sometimes with seemingly little to work with, she could take scraps of fabric and make a lovely quilt, small amounts of leftovers and create a wonderful meal. She was known throughout her family and friends for her cooking. Everyone was always welcome at her table and somehow she made what she cooked provide enough for however many there were, even when unexpected visitors arrived at the last minute. Many people thought she had a secret recipe for her “magical yeast rolls.” All her family took much joy in eating and talking about those rolls.
In her later years after being widowed and living with her failing body, she made sure that her beloved son-in-law Joe never ran out of her Special Peanut Butter Cookies.
Sharing a home with Martha and Joe because of health issues, she went from a statuesque lady of 5-feet 10 inches to a small woman of 5 feet 4 inches, but throughout all her pain, she never failed to show all who came to visit or wherever she went her beautiful smile, and to offer kind words.
She attended the Midland Senior Center for the past seven years for fellowship and weekly outings, and even there instead of just enjoying her free time, she would assist in doing what work she could by wrapping silverware, sometimes for as many as 150, then afterwards go and join in a 42 Domino game if there was a table open.
Playing 42 against her Nemesis Ken and beating him was a highlight to her day. She would spend much time during her days at home playing 42 against the computer, and working in her crossword puzzle books that helped keep her hands and mind busy.
She looked forward to attending the Center, her daily call from Mrs. Bishop and doting on Martha and Joe’s two dogs, Rebecca and Meggie just as she had doted on her husband and her children as they were growing up.
She will be missed by the many people who knew her as she always brightened their day when there was contact.
We are certain that all in Heaven were Cheering to see her, and we are taking bets that there will be Magic Yeast Rolls and Pecan Pie at God’s dinner table for Christmas.
Lola was preceded in death by her husband W.D. Lawler Jr.
She is survived by her two daughters Martha Lawler Dunham and her husband Joe of Midland and Clota Kay Martin and her husband Lamar of Martinsville, Texas; and grandchildren David Martin, Janet Lucas and Martha Jo Rumbaugh; great grandchildren Jason Martin, Justin Martin, Jacque Holt, Amanda Rumbaugh and Andrea Rumbaugh.
Pallbearers will be David Martin, Jason Martin, Shad Holt, Richard Mankus, Matthew Mankus and Micheal Cain. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Rogers, John D. Easterly, Harrell Clemmer, H.J. Thames, Carl Williams, James Teague, Dennis Bishop, and Dr. Shylesh Ganta.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, 801 Andrews Highway, Midland, Texas 79701, call (432) 683-5555. Online condolences may be made to www.mem.com.