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Norma Jean Lawrence

August 19, 1937 ~ February 5, 2021 (age 83)

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The Lawrence family is requesting that the services of Norma Jean Lawrence are to be private and Livestreamed. Due to COVID this service is to be by private invitation only.  


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Norma Jean Lawrence was the second child of L.C. and Lela Hancock born on August 19, 1937 in Taylor, Texas. 

At an early age Norma Jean dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Austin, Texas where she remained a faithful servant of God until her death on February 5, 2021.

Norma grew up in Austin and attended Blackshear Elementary, Kealing Jr. High School and graduated from Old Anderson High School.  She was a distinguished member of the first African American undergraduates to enroll at the University of Texas at Austin in 1956.  She furthered her education and graduated from Huston-Tillotson College with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. 

Norma was a member of the Mount Sanai Baptist Sr. Missionary, Hannah Circle, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Norma enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and connecting with friends.

Norma was an employee for many years with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission as a Disability Examiner with the State of Texas.  She then followed her passion and became an entrepreneur and opened Norma’s Daycare where she employed others and cared for many children throughout the Austin community.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, L.C. and Lela Hancock, her brother, Eugene Hancock and her son, Courtney Washington Lawrence. 

She’s survived by the love of her life of nearly 50 years, her husband, Tony Lawrence, her daughters, Judge Lela Lawrence Mays of Dallas and Erica Lawrence of Houston, her grandchildren Courtney Mays, Christian Mays, Eris Finley and Eric Finley, sisters-in-law Ethel Merle Iffla and Erna Lawrence, 11 nieces and nephews, a host of grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins, family and friends. Childhood friends Ada Brown, Stella Hicks and Mary Lynn Bragner. Last, but not least Skittles, the family dog.

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February 10, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Private Family Service by Invitation Only
February 11, 2021

2:00 PM
Alice Taylor King Chapel of King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 East 12th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Video is available for this event

February 11, 2021

3:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
3304 E 12th Street
Austin, TX 78721

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