Lois Marie Lawrence
January 6, 1928 – July 30, 2018
Lois was born in Slaton to Brent and Octavia Satterwhite Thompson. As a child the family moved to Lubbock and Lois graduated from Lubbock High School. After enrolling in Texas Tech, she married Troy Odell Lawrence Sept. 25, 1947. Lois worked at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. She and Troy moved to Pecos, TX lived thirteen years where she was active in the Church of Christ, taught art classes, attended Sul Ross College, and produced professional art. She put a priority on her family and world travel which inspired her art.
In 1965 the family moved to the Idalou area where Lois completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University. She taught art until she retired at Slaton Jr High. She was a textbook advisor in art for the State of Texas. She was an avid traveler, collector and studied under many of the foremost artist in the world. Lois’s art was most inspired and influenced by travels to Bali, Guatemala, Peru, Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Europe and The Western United States. Exhibited Women Artist of the West-Dallas One Woman Shows: Sand Hills Museum, Monahans, South Plains College, YWCA Lubbock, Garden and Arts Center Lubbock. Memberships: Signature Southwestern Watercolor Dallas West Texas Watercolor Signature Lubbock, West TX Watercolor Society (President, Secretary, News Editor, National Show) International Portrait Society.
Her art is in the following collections: TX Tech Museum -2 Lubbock National Bank-1 Security State Bank-1 Lubbock Art Association Many private collections.
Lois and Troy lived and retired at Ransom Canyon, TX. They enjoyed camping, following the TX Tech Lady Raider’s basketball team, and golf. Lois and Troy were members of the Idalou Church of Christ. The love of her life, Troy, preceded her in death Feb. 2012. Survivors include daughter Teresa Marie Chance and husband Jody of Lawton, OK and Joni Cheryl Burks and husband Chem Burks of Bedford, TX, three grandchildren Dawn Aust, Jenson Gainer, John Gainer, seven great-grandchildren Sydney Aust, Avery, Hayden, Chase, Elliot, Brooks, and Jed Gainer, in-laws and cousins.
Lois inspired and encouraged everyone, especially her family to appreciate the wonder and beauty around us. There was never a rock, shell, or drawing too unimportant for her to carry and help display for those she loved. She was an exceptional seamstress and generous with her time. She was known to sew dresses for her daughters when she needed to study for a final college course. If the Garden and Arts Center needed help, she was available to Judge an art show or to hang an exhibit. A huge heart, she teared up when talking about the hardships our veterans endure. A real patriot. Lois donated and purchased bricks for veteran memorials for Troy and all her Uncles who served in World War II, Lubbock Children’s Home is Lois’s choice for Memorials. Thank You, Teresa Chance
- Graveside Service Thursday, August 2, 2018