Elizabeth Swain Lawrence 88 of 148 tudor Street, Waterbury CT, died Dec 20th at the Haven Healthcare Center after a lenghty illness. She was born Mar 28, 1918 in Barnett, Georgia, daughter of the late Zacharia and Patricia Mayes Swain. Elizabeth was 7 years old when her mother died, thus her father took her and her siblings to Sugarloaf County, New York. After graduating from High School, Elizabeth, affectionately known as "Betty" moved to New York City to pursue a clerical career. She found a job working for Bishop Lawson of Refuge Temple. Later she moved to Waterbury, CT, where her sister, Lillian Hoffler lived. Through her affliation with the church, she met and married the late Elder Ernest Lawrence. She continued her fellowship with the Refuge Temple in Waterbury. Her love for the Lord lead her to be a Sunday School Teacher, Mother of the Church and an Inspirational Songstress. Elizabeth was also well known in Waterbury as a gifted Seamstress, who made Choir Robes and alterations. She is survived by four daughters, Eleanor Thomas and Jennifer (Chester) Hughes, both of New Haven. Portia Lawrence of Atlanta, GA and Darcy Jacobs of McComb, Miss. A stepson, Henson Lawrence of Wtby, sons, Earl(Delores) Lawrence and Ernest Lawrence Blue both of Wtby. Her sisters, Lillian Hoffler of Wtby, Thelma Sanders, of Brooklyn NY, a sister in law, Mildre Jawwaad of Wtby. 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Linda Brooks, sisters, Edna Swain and Pecolia Jones, and brothers, Albert
Swain and Jabir Jawwaad. She will be buried in New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury Ct.
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