Eva (Decker) LawrenceSeptember 18, 1931 ~ March 3, 2015 (age 83)
Brunswick - Eva Decker Lawrence, 83, of Brunswick passed away peacefully in her home on March 3rd, 2015 with her loving family at her side. She fought a courageous and inspirational battle with Alzheimer’s, changing the lives of everyone she met.
She was born September 18, 1931 in Glens Falls, to Harriet and John Decker. After graduating from Troy High School, Eva worked at Pioneer Savings Bank to help support her family. She then married Earle W. Lawrence on July 19th, 1952.
Eva chose to be a stay at home mom while her children were young, the most important and rewarding job of her life. She later co-owned and managed SNO-FUN Ski and Motorcycle Shop in West Sand Lake. Subsequently, she became a cashier at Gifford’s Market in Averill Park and at the Price Chopper in Brunswick.
Eva had a passion for life. She enjoyed dancing, nature, lakes, clouds, children, cooking, entertaining, her home and first and foremost, being with her family and friends. She was a warm, compassionate, gracious woman, known for her caring personality, smile, sense of humor, and as a volunteer in her community. She instilled in her children a passion for helping others. She had the gift of making everyone who entered her life feels cared for.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eva is predeceased by her two brothers, John (Marie) Decker and James (Pat) Decker; a sister, Beatrice (Robert) Jennings; a nephew, Earle Jennings and two nieces, Sandra Decker and Carolyn Sommer.
She is survived by her beloved children, Richard E. Lawrence, Richmond, VT, Terry P. Lawrence, Queensbury, Tracey R. (Tom) Miller, Averill Park; her brother, Allan Decker (Phyllis); two sisters, Olive (Charles) Sommer and Laura Masotti-Desso; a granddaughter, Amy (Mark) Miller, great-granddaughter, Madalyn Miller; and many special nieces and nephews.
Eva touched so many lives that Mother Teresa must have had her in mind when she wrote “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house...Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in you eyes, kindness in you smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”
A special thank you to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County. Also, to the Our Lady of Victory volunteer team, dear friend and family member, Ann Hanlon and Eva’s evening “buddy” Shannon Ritrovato. Last, but, by no means least, to Eva’s sister, Laura, who has been there for her as a long time friend, companion, and the most loving care giver. Words cannot express our love and gratitude.
Mom, we will always honor your life and love. At Eva’s request, there will be no calling hours. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of her life (casual attire) on Saturday, March 14th at 12noon at Franklin Terrace 126 Campbell Avenue in Troy. Burial at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers in Eva’s name may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Boulevard Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Alzheimer's Association of NENY Pine West Plaza, Bldg 4, Suite 405 Albany, NY 12205.
The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County
295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer NY 12144
Alzheimer's Association of NENY
Pine West Plaza, Bldg 4, Suite 405, Albany NY 12205