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Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Valerie T Lawrence

February 14, 1945June 8, 2019
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Valerie Thomas Lawrence, age 74, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died suddenly June 8, 2019 at UMC Trauma Center after a massive stroke. Born February 14, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York to Beryl and Dudley MacThomas both of Panama. Sixth of eight siblings, she was predeceased by her parents and brothers Ewart, Marshall, Harvey Everhardt, and sisters, Desti Jackson, Kathleen Duncan and Ianthe Thomas. She is survived by sisters Cheryl Chapman (Kenneth) and Lally Salz (Jon). Valerie and Clozell have four adult children: Scott, Lillian, Larry and Cheryl Erica Lawrence. Valerie is survived by their children: Lillian's, Arnold Doug, Everett , Jillian and Sarah Walker of Las Vegas, Nevada. Larry's Valerie Alexis and Tyler Aaron Lawrence of Denton, Texas and Cheryl Erica's Aiden Clozell Lawrence of Las Vegas, Nevada. Survived also by Lillian's nine grand-children. In addition to the siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends dating back to early childhood there are friends of a caliber that requires a category of their own: friends of love, Cynthia Hammond, known as Granny Cyn and Gwen Everhardt. Valerie attended schools in Hyde Park, New York where she graduated from F.D. Roosevelt High School in 1962. In 1963 Valerie began a nearly 40 year career at IBM retiring as a Senior Project Manager. During her long and successful work years she met and married Clozell (Larry) Enrique Lawrence of Alabama, who grew up in Poughkeepsie, and was also a career IBM employee. Valerie made continual, sustained progress at IBM where her abilities, personality and competence led to increasing responsibilities in locations around the country: New York,Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, returning to New York in 1995 when her best friend and truly beloved spouse, Clozell E Lawrence died. Valerie was a voracious reader, a woman who remembered and told jokes and stories beautifully, who spoke her mind clearly and forcefully, a peace keeper and a world traveler. A dedicated shopper and hostess, collecting family and friends in her beautifully appointed homes, and an eclectic lover of music, especially Luther Vandross, and Patti LaBelle ,and Motown, she maintained a deep love of the music of her youth. Valerie was committed to community service and upon "retirement" developed and sustained a profile in Las Vegas schools; under the name "Zazzie" she mentored generations of students and teachers, she arranged incentives for academic progress and commitment, created spelling bees, funded educational tools, i-pads and supplies for many classes where she was the grandmother called "Zazzie." Valerie raised money and distributed supplies to people living on the street, for women affected by domestic abuse and in as many ways as heart and her health allowed ,maintained a presence in the life of students as they grew up, their teachers as well as the children of their teachers. We will miss Valerie the story- teller who made us laugh so hard the tears ran down our legs, We are still smiling and the tears are still coming, down our cheeks now.

Miss Me But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul that's set free. Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we knew and laugh at the things that we used to do. Miss me, but let me go.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Shavonnda Young

June 17, 2019

I have met Ms. Valerie a few times over the years, as she was one of my mother-in- law' s closest friends.
However, we never really got to know each other until this past January, while we were on a cruise together. I cannot say how we starting talking exactly, but over a glass of wine, resting in the sun, and enjoying the royal blue ocean, she and I chatted like we were longtime girlfriends. She spoke joyfully of her daughter, late husband and her life journeys. She was witty, passionate and very intelligent. She was easy to talk to, and said her advice to couples (she was a therapist) is let "small things go" and focus on the joy you bring to each other. I took/take those words to heart.

I will always remember your laughter and advice.

I wish you everlasting peace.

Candice Joseph

June 17, 2019

Valerie... so Gracious, Refined, Kind and obviously super smart! We were in each others’ company only a handful of times but that was enough for her to leave an indelible impression. I think anyone meeting her for the first time immediately senses they are in the presence of someone special. Valerie was a close and dear friend of my sister Amber aka “Gypsy”,. I will always be grateful that they had such a beautiful friendship. speaking of friendship.....I believe her sweet and dedicated daughter, Cheryl and her beloved grandson, Aiden were her closes friends in life. Rest in Peace Dear Lady.

Gypsy / Amber Young

June 16, 2019

With sympathy for Aiden, Cheryl, Scott, Lillian, Larry and all family, Cynthia and all friends, co-workers, acquaintances, the Circle of Sisters, and all who knew and loved a true sweetheart, Valerie T. Lawrence (February 14th, St. Valentine's Day of 1945).

Sincerest condolences to all as we share in the sadness of this earthly loss in losing a truly one-of-a-kind lady.

Our time together is fleeting and parting is heartbreaking but, Dear Valerie, "your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget" and Love will live on forever ~ Love Always & Forever, Gypsy / Amber

"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart." - Gandhi

Frankie Evans

June 15, 2019

Lillian, Scott, Larry and Cheryl I am sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a great woman, mother and friend. I choose your Mother and Father to be my daughter's god parents because I loved them both and I knew how wonderful and caring they would be.

Fifty years of friendship. Birthday parties, dinners and happy days up until Christmas 2018 in Vegas. I hope I can remember you, Valarie Thomas, for the rest of my life.

John (Barboza/Lynch) Miller

June 13, 2019

Val,

What a miracle it was back in 1989 when God enabled our paths to cross as a result of my IBM relocation to the Dallas, Tx area. What a blessing it was for me that I would meet this strong, intelligent, energetic and successful professional minority female in IBM that would have such a powerful, positive impact on my life both from a professional and family/personal perspective. Full of wisdom, supportive, funny as all heck are some of the words that come to mind as I think back on some of the memories, meetings, and good times from the past. And to discover we were related (family) during that recruiting trip to Grambling University was unbelievable!

To Scott, Lillian, Larry, and Cheryl my prayers and condolences go out to you on your loss.

Val, thanks for everything. My heart has been hurting since I found out last night you had passed. RIP until we meet again.


Angela Shores

June 13, 2019

Giving you our deepest heartfelt condolences, I want to say Mrs. Lawrence was such a sweet lady, always made you feel welcome. From the Shores Family

Melanie (Lynch) & Keith Short

June 12, 2019

Aunt Val, our hearts hurt right now, but I know that you would want us to continue on. I’m so blessed that we had you in our lives, especially these past 8 years. I’m glad that my husband got to know such an extra ordinary lady as yourself. You thought us how to love one another, respect each other and mainly take care of each other through the good and bad times. Your memories will get us thru. We love you so much and will miss our in depth conversations, laughs and jokes. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the family. RIP with your husband Clozell

Michael Epps

June 11, 2019

“Mrs. Val” was a big influence on my family, and she will be missed! I met her when I was a child, and she symbolized so many great things then, and even more as I began to understand the world a little better as an adult.

My mom worked for Mrs. Val at IBM, and I know she made a huge impact on my mother, both personally and professionally. I know that she was a great source of advice and someone my mom could confide in. Even as a child, you can pick up on these things.

As an adult, I REALLY admire what she was able to accomplish in corporate America. As I understand the landscape better, her accomplishments are even MORE impressive. Mrs. Val was extremely intelligent, articulate, and had the presence of a “boss”!

She was a great role model, and definitely etched into my memory forever! If I could say anything to her, I would thank her for being a friend and mentor to my mother for all these years.

Rest In Peace, and love to all of her family!!

Karen Taylor

June 11, 2019

Oh dear Valerie you will be missed. You always cared about my mother while she was sick and myself as a caregiver, you were always calling or emailing to check on us.
We always enjoyed playing Pokeno with you and enjoying your daughters pastries.
I am praying for your family.
Love,
Karen Taylor

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Biography

Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul that's set free. Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we knew and laugh at the things that we used to do. Miss me, but let me go.