Phyllis B. Lawrence
1922 - 2020
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February 7, 1922 December 31, 2020
Phyllis B. Lawrence was born on February 7, 1922, to Earl and Alma Baird. She died on December 31, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of COVID19 and related issues. She was 98 years old.
Phyllis was educated primarily in Routt County, Colorado schools and graduated from Hayden High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley, Colorado.
After graduation from college, Phyllis married Leonard Cook, a B-26 bomber pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Tragically, they did not have much time together as Leonard was heroically killed in a flying accident while training in Shreveport, Louisiana, for deployment in World War II.
Phyllis then moved to Caon City, Colorado, to teach English. There, she met and subsequently married John Edwin Lawrence, a widower with a young daughter, Leah Joy Lawrence. Phyllis and Edwin started their journey together in 1945 with a ready-made family and later added two sons, John and Blake.
Phyllis re-started her teaching career at Roosevelt Junior High in Caon City, Colorado, and continued at the newly combined Caon City Junior High School. She persevered through several summers of classes at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, to obtain her library science credential and eventually became the librarian at Caon City High School where she worked until her retirement
Phyllis was devoted to her Presbyterian faith and was a very active member of Presbyterian churches in Caon City and, later, in Colorado Springs. She was a dedicated member of the respective church choirs and served in a number of committee positions.
Phyllis had a passion for writing poetry. She was a distinguished member of the Colorado Poetry Society and participated in yearly poetry contests in which she received many awards. She was very proud that a number of her poems were published.
Phyllis further expressed her creativity in her hobby of flower arranging, often using flowers from her own gardens (especially her beloved roses).
Phyllis was a long-time member of PEO, a women's philanthropic organization. She was a member of chapters in Caon City and Colorado Springs, serving in a number of official capacities. She lived in the PEO Chapter House in Colorado Springs for a number of years.
The last several years of Phyllis' life were very frustrating for her. She loved words and great writing, beautiful music and interactions with friends. Her enjoyment of such things was greatly diminished by the onset of dementia. Until stricken by the coronavirus, her physical condition remained remarkably good, but her mind continued to betray her. She will be remembered for her personal integrity, her high standards and her exceedingly kind, compassionate and caring nature. She was always thinking of others and how she could help them.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Edwin Lawrence, two of her brothers, Gerald Baird and John Baird, and her stepdaughter, Leah Joy Young. She is survived by brother Ralph (Barb) Baird of Craig, Colorado, sons John Lawrence of Carson City, Nevada, and Blake Lawrence of Oakland, California, and special cousin Dorothy (Eugene) Gualco of Sacramento, California. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Due to issues with the coronavirus pandemic, no services are scheduled. However, Phyllis supported many charities (especially the Wounded Warriors Project and the National Wildlife Foundation) and, if any friends or family are so inclined, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 6, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
What a wonderful person to have known! A memory of her that will always be cherished; her homemade soup that she would deliver just before Christmas.
May our Lord comfort the family and friends of this dear lady.
Patricia Vance and Family
Patricia Vance
January 6, 2021
Mrs. Lawrence was my English teacher at Roosevelt, and then again was librarian when I was at CCHS. I recall she made the subject of English interesting, which is not an easy task. She required us to memorize all the prepositions, which I can still recite today. I also recall she had a tiny bit of temper, a requirement for any middle school teacher.

In high school I remember she included advanced music books in the collection. I think I checked out all of them. They were interesting and challenging, really challenging. I also remember her giving us the evil eye when we were too noisy. It was always good to see her and say hello when I was in the library.

In Canon City, everyone knew everyone, and I can recall a conversation Mr. Lawrence had with my dad. Apparently, Mrs. Lawrence wanted a wall opened up between the kitchen and the dining room, and I can remember Mr. Lawrence telling my dad that she wasn't thinking about the electrical work behind the wall. He was soft spoken, but always had a gleam in his eye. Their family was full of love.

Blake, their son, was one of my best friends in high school, brilliant mind, great cartoon artist, glib and witty, imaginative all the way around.

John and Blake, please accept my humblest condolences at the death of your mother, and please understand that my life is better as a result of what she did for me.
Ted Lassen
January 6, 2021
Mrs Lawrence was the best librarian Canon City school district ever had. Always helpful and cheerful. I was a library assistant during my junior year of high school and learned so much from her. Prayers to the family. RIP
Mindy (Fuller) and Glen Smith
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