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Georgia M. Lawrence, homemaker who raised nine children and enjoyed music, movies and sports, dies

Georgia M. Lawrence was a fan of the Baltimore Colts and the Orioles.
Georgia M. Lawrence was a fan of the Baltimore Colts and the Orioles. (Handout / HANDOUT)

Georgia M. Lawrence, a homemaker who enjoyed music and movies, died Aug. 9 at Brightview Senior Living in Westminster from complications of dementia. The former Beechfield resident was 88.

The former Georgia Mae O’Haran, daughter of Michael O’Haran, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad railroader who worked in the Riverside Yards, and his wife, Lillian Radabaugh O’Haran, a Domino Sugar worker, was born in Albright, West Virginia, and graduated from Widen High School in Widen, West Virginia.

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In the 1940s, she moved to Baltimore with her family and settled in Locust Point.

Mrs. Lawrence was working behind the candy counter at the Deluxe movie theater on Fort Avenue when she met John Asa Lawrence. “It was love at first sight,” said a son, Michael Lawrence of Ellicott City. The couple married in 1950.

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Her husband worked for the Social Security Administration, first in the Candler Building in downtown Baltimore, and later at headquarters in Woodlawn, and in order to be closer to his work, the couple moved to a home in Beechfield where they raised their nine children.

Mr. Lawrence died in 1993.

She was a “passionate” fan of the Baltimore Colts and the Orioles, with Johnny Unitas and Jim Palmer being her “all-time favorites,” her son said.

Mrs. Lawrence, who enjoyed the music of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Johnny Cash, was also a fan of classic Hollywood movies.

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She was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday with interment in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Lawrence is survived by three other sons, John Lawrence of Columbia, Stephen Lawrence and James Lawrence, both Catonsville; five daughters, Barbara Hands and Kathleen Howery, both of Westminster, Mary Carlin of Winfield, Annette Schwarzmann of Sykesville, and Deborah Krebs of Hanover, Pennsylvania; a brother, Eddie O’Haran of Federal Hill; 31 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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