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Margaret Lawrence

Margaret "Maggi" Lawrence

Thursday, August 7th, 1924 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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Margaret Lawrence, a long time resident of Satellite Beach passed away on March 13, 2019 at the Zon Beachside Assisted Living Facility.

She was born in Withington, Lancashire, England on August 7, 1924. She was the daughter of Richard and Lilian Johnson and the only child to survive child birth.

She received her degree in English from Yorkshire College in 1944, living through many of the World War II bombings.

Her extensive career in teaching began in Sidmouth, Devon and spanned some 43 years. It was here that she met her first husband, a navy man, Donald E. Gerdus. They were married in England in 1945. She was one of the first war brides to come to this country, travelling on the USS Argentina, February 12, 1946.
Being a naval family, she lived and taught school in many different states finally settling in Satellite Beach in 1960. Mrs. Lawrence taught at the Royalton kindergarten for some 20 years in Cocoa Beach and finished her career teaching in Satellite Beach. She was one of the first to use the Montessori Method of teaching in the USA.

She lost her first husband due to cancer in 1984. In 1988 she married Col. Larry Lawrence and they spent 14 wonderful years together until his passing in 2002.

Maggi was quite the artist painting with acrylics and oils. Her passion was to capture pelicans and seascapes. At one time she had lessons painting mountains and country landscapes from the late Bob Ross. Maggie was very involved in Brevard County over the years, teaching art to those who wanted to learn and create their own passionate art. She was founder and member of the Brevard Association of Miniaturists. Many of her exhibits were displayed at the Performing Arts Center in Melbourne as part of the 1988 24 Carat Collection auctioned to benefit PBS channel 24. Her other accomplishments were for Distinguished Leadership in the 4H Club, Membership of the Military Officers Association of America, Certificate of Recognition from the Navy League of the US as contributor of artistic talent and a Member of the Red Hatter’s Group. Finally, Mrs. Lawrence was a long time communicant of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Satellite Beach.

Margaret Lawrence is survived by her son, Richard P. Gerdus; her twin daughters, Peggy Gurney and Judy Ackerman; her daughter-in-law, Devin Starlanyl and her granddaughter, Ashley Ackerman.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 505 Grant Ave, Satellite Beach, FL 32937 on Friday, April 5th at 3:00pm, Reverend Todd Schmidtetter officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Margaret’s name may be made to the Hospice of St. Francis.
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    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 3:00pm
    Holy Apostles Episcopal Church
    505 Grant Avenue
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    Rev. Todd Schmidtetter


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Posted at 03:27pm
"Mom was creative, inventive, inspiring, and fun. She has the most enchanting, girlish giggle. We has fun doing things together. She gave me wonderful memories, whether shopping for clothes for a cruise or painting the forest from the back deck while sipping wine and listening to Mozart. Mom was interested in everything, and she loved to explore and go off the beaten path. She was more of a sister to me than a mother, but gave to me her wisdom. A part of her will always be with me." Devin

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