1949 – 2021
Mrs. Glenda Diana Lawrence, 72, of Navasota, passed away Thursday, September 30, at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan. Visitation with family and friends were held Monday, October 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Nobles Funeral Chapel followed by a parish rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services were celebrated 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, at the funeral home with Deacon Steve Medina officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Glenda was born in Pasadena on June 7, 1949. She and her four siblings were raised by their loving parents, Willie Edward and Mary Jonell Odom - primarily in Brenham, Texas.
Glenda met and married the love of her life, John Lawrence in 1967, having a double wedding with her best friend and sister Linda and husband James. Just last week, Glenda and John celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on September 23. Glenda was a dedicated wife, never wanting anything more than the unconditional love she and John shared. Glenda and John raised their two sons John Jr. and Chuck in Navasota where the family business was located for over 30 years.
As a homemaker, Glenda was known for her cooking and care for her family. She was always supportive and involved in her children’s school and extra-curricular activities, shuttling them to and from events. She helped in teaching them to hunt and fish, even helping them in the processing of the game they harvested. Glenda was even known to throw on a baseball glove to play catch with little John until his dad could get home from work. She was most proud of her family, her husband, children, their spouses and her grandchildren. She truly loved every one of them. Whether it be the job or trade they performed, their personal achievements, the arrival of the newest grandchild or newly arrived great-grandson, Glenda never missed an opportunity to let whoever she was talking with know how proud she was of them. Her family was truly her whole life. Later in life, as her mobility and health declined, nothing made her happier than a visit or phone call from the family and friends she loved so much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie & Mary Odom; and sisters, Barbara Merchant and Linda Hurst.
Glenda is survived by her husband, John H. Lawrence of Navasota; sons and daughters-in-law, John, Jr. and Susan Lawrence of Montgomery and Chuck and Kacie Lawrence of Navasota; brother and sister-in-law Billy & Eva Odom of Brenham; sister Connie Sears of Livingston; grandchildren Evan Lawrence and wife Makenzi, Paige Lawrence and Chucky Lawrence; and great-grandson Kohen.
Serving as pallbearers are Michael Lawrence, Brian Lawrence, William Odom, Clint Hurst, Taylor Hurst, Evan Lawrence, and Chucky Lawrence. Jared Elledge is an honorary pallbearer.
The family invites you to leave fond memories and kind words at www.nobles funeral.com.