Marlene Lee Lawley

September 4, 1946February 11, 2020

Marlene Lee Lawley, of Birmingham, Alabama was lifted up to heaven on Monday, February 11, 2020 at the age of 73.

Marlene was born to parents Glenn Arwyn Lee and Floye Bell Burnett Lee on September 4, 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in Central Park, accepted Jesus early in life while growing in the Hunter Street Baptist Church community. She attended Central Park Elementary, West End High School, and was first in her family lineage to graduate from college (Livingston University, class of ‘68).

Marlene is survived by her sons Charles “Bunk” Lawley II, John Richard Lawley (Mindy), daughter Dawn Lawley Bone (Brian); 6 grandchildren, Rick Lawley (Chelsea), Christopher Lawley (Stephanie), Taylor Arnette, Brady Arnette, Troy Bone and Kaylee Bone; 5 great grandchildren, Ryan Lawley, Jacob Lawley, Noah Lawley, Isaac Lawley, and Charlie Lawley, her sister Glenda Ogletree, niece Alison Conroy (Brian), nephew Derek Ogletree, uncle Frank and aunt Francis Sims and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins and a precious friend group she called “Sistas”. She is preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Floye Bell Lee.

Marlene worked for Southern Research Institute for over 30 years, instrumental in their cancer research programs. Following retirement, she pursued one of her passions and was involved with several historical and lineage societies. She was a member of the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Chapter Regent 2010-2013, and then was voted as Honorary Chapter Regent, a Charter Member of the Alabama Society Southern Dames of America and was currently serving as State Registrar and as a Bylaws State Chairman, and the George Maris Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, Chapter President 2017-2019.

She always enjoyed conversations and time spent with family and friends, was rich in family traditions, and enjoyed expanding her interest in deep knowledge of genealogy and historical research.

She was a faithful member of Liberty Church for almost 40 years, and loved her church family as much as her own. She was always grateful to the church family for their support, guidance, and direction.

If desired, please make donations in her name to Liberty Church choice of missions, Lily of the Cahaba Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Alabama State Society of Southern Dames of America George Maris Chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century or any other historical lineage society.

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Glenda Busby

February 13, 2020

I will always remember Marlene as a sweet childhood friend. Always with a sweet smile and happy. While I never showed up anywhere without dirt on me, Marlene never seemed to be anything but crisp and clean and her pretty blonde hair freshly brushed. She was a LADY from the time she was a toddler, I do believe. She was a wonderful neighbor and school mate. Smart and quiet and ALWAYS with a smile. She will be sorely missed by her childhood friends from Central Park. Fly with the Angels, Marlene. Until we meet again...……...Glenda Busby Hinkle

Joyce Peterson

February 12, 2020

Marlene and I were best of friends during our days in elementary and high school. Skating at Lowe’s Rink, hanging out at her grandmother’s grocery store in West End and spending time together at our homes in Central Park were happy times shared. She was bridesmaid in my wedding, we learned cake decorating together, and shared many events of married life and raising our children. I’ll always remember Marlene as a “Lady”, devoted to her family, friends and her church. Memories of our times together will be cherished always.
Joyce Carrell Peterson

Tish Bagley

February 12, 2020

Marlene was a dear friend to me. Using her giftings in researching Ancestry, she graciously helped me learn about my family history. We were connected in other ways as well, including DAR!

Charlotte McConahy

February 12, 2020

Marlene was my very first childhood friend in Central Park. We had great times playing baby dolls at 5 yrs old, climbed trees together, played in the woods close to our houses, rode to school together, and made many other fond memories. She connected me back with my schoolmates from Central Park and West End, via Facebook. I always loved Marlene and she will be greatly missed. (Charlotte Gamel)

Julia Smith

February 12, 2020

Marlene and I worked together for many years and shared many lunch-time conversations. She was a great support during frustrating times and a great inspiration at all times. Nothing was more important to her than her family and friends. It was a comfort just knowing she was there to listen. She will be missed.

Julia Nall Smith