Edna L. Lawler, 101

Edna L. Lawler, of Valentine, Neb., died at the age of 101, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. At Edna’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be sent to the Valentine Senior Citizens Center.

Edna was born on Sept. 25, 1916 in Spalding, NE. She was the daughter of Harry L. “Vern” and Helen Faubion and grew up in Millboro, SD.

She attended Millboro Grade School and graduated from Millboro High School, Millboro, SD. Edna attended Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, SD.

Edna married Martin Lawler on April 28, 1942. The couple started married life in Millboro, SD and later moved to Keyapaha, SD. Edna stayed home to raise their two daughters until the youngest started grade school. At that time, Edna resumed her teaching career which spanned over 20 years. She taught at rural schools in Tripp and Todd Counties, SD. Along with teaching, Edna, helped run the Lawler Store in Keyapaha, SD, gave piano lessons to a multitude of children who lived in the area, and took very good care of her family.

Edna and Martin moved to Valentine, NE in 1981, after Martin retired. They enjoyed many years entertaining friends and family at their home in Valentine and escaped winter by traveling to their home in Mesa, AZ where they were often joined by friends and family. After Martin’s death in 2004, Edna continued to live in their home until she moved to Cherry Hills Assisted Living, Valentine, NE in 2011. In 2016 she moved to Pine View Good Samaritan Care Center in Valentine, NE.

Edna was a very caring, well mannered, gracious person with a cheerful smile and a compliment for everyone. We will always love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Lawler of Valentine, NE and Jo Ann Engel (Marlin) of Casper, WY; granddaughter, Tonya Kourt (Sheldon) and great-grandchildren, Bailey, Brandon, and Brevan of Casper, WY, and many other relatives and friends.

Edna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin Lawler; sister, Violet Carter; brother, Richard L. Faubion; niece Helen Slouka; nephew Richard “Rick” Faubion; nephew Dennis Howland; and grandson Eugene Rae Engel.

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with service arrangements.


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