Jane Lawrence Kerr

May 1, 1946May 22, 2013

JANE LAWRENCE KERR, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on Wednesday, the 22nd of May 2013, after battling the complications of Type I diabetes for over 30 years. Jane was born on the 1st of May 1946, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Charles and Catherine Jane “Pat” Lawrence. She attended Tulane University and graduated from McNeese State University. After teaching for several years, she relocated to Houston in 1973 to join her brother, Berdon, in his business, Hollywood Marine (later Kirby Corporation), where she served as Human Resources Manager for over 25 years.

Jane is survived by her only child, daughter Patricia New Goeringer, her husband, Kurt; her beloved grandchildren, Madison Nicole “Madi” Goeringer and Kurt Alexander “Alex” Goeringer; her brother, Berdon Lawrence, his wife, Rolanette, and their children, Heather Mitchell, her husband, David; Mark Lawrence, his wife, Rachel; Charles Lawrence, his wife, Megan; seven great-nieces and nephews, all of Houston; and stepsons, Jim Kerr and Jonathan Kerr, his wife Veronica, and son, Bennett. Jane was blessed with a host of loving, loyal friends who she will miss dearly.

Her family wishes to thank her amazing care team for the last seven months: Angelia, Anaesthesia, and Abi for their love and compassionate care. We also thank her physicians at the Methodist Hospital, particularly Dr. Ashley Drews, for many years of incredible dedication.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock this afternoon until eight o’clock this evening, Thursday, the 23rd of May, in the parlor and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

At a later date, the family is to gather for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

Nothing brought Jane more joy than her grandchildren. She never missed a game or performance, no matter how big or small. She loved watching them perform on the stage and in that vein, in lieu of customary remembrances, she requested that memorial contributions be directed to The Kinkaid School, Attn: Advancement (Jane Lawrence Kerr Memorial Fund), 201 Kinkaid School Dr., Houston, TX, 77024; or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,, 2425 Fountain View Dr., Houston, TX, 77057.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jane Lawrence Kerr

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Mary A Rodriguez

June 20, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to all of Jane's family. Ms. Jane always reminded me of her mom, Ms. Pat.
Sincerely, Mary A. Rodriguez

yesenia alejandro

June 18, 2013

My condolences to Jane's family. I had a pleasure being a caregiver and friend to ms. Jane's mother and ms jane. I'm saddened to of just now learned of her passing. Sincerely, yesenia alejandro

May 30, 2013

Patricia and Berdon, Ron and I are so sad to hear this news. We have been friends for 30 years and have had some FUN times indeed. Jane was my client @ Hollywood Marine and it was a blast working with her. She called me a couple of months ago and sounded as usual so chipper and optimistic about life.
Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
Ron and Donna Hutchins Personnel,Inc. (Houston,TX)


May 26, 2013

You will be greatly missed.

May 23, 2013

Berdon, I just found out about Jane today. I forwarded the information to Jerre, David, and Jo Lynn immediately. All have responded with thanks and sadness. Jerre and David both remember their time with you long ago in Lake Charles, but no one remains there since the death of our parents. I am in Houston for many years now;everyone else is in another state. We get to visit each other occasionally. It is quite wonderful that you and Jane got to share time together for so long. I know you will miss her terribly. We are thinking of you, Evelyn Lloyd Berges.

Sam Petty

May 23, 2013

My Heartfelt Prayers go out to Patricia, Berdon and the entire family of Jane. Her warm smile and her voice would always brighten up our office at Kirby whenever she would come to visit with Ann.I Thank God for the seven years that I had the privileged of knowing such a person as Jane Kerr. Sincerely, Sam Petty.

Marshall Handy

May 23, 2013

Marshall Handy@Family

May 23, 2013

Our Families here in Lake Charles, share your sadness only to hold some valuable memories of the Lawrence Family. Jane's life was one to celebrate and her Love for all of you will be forever. You are uncommonly blessed to have had each other during this life. Alan Kratzer Lake Charles, LA.

Leah Moon

May 23, 2013

My father (Lee Moon) and I worked with Jane at Hollywood Marine - she was such a nice, classy lady. I pray for God's comfort for her family.