Frances Lawver

Friday, October 4, 2002

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Frances Baker Lawver, 93, died March 30, 2002 at the Meadowbrook Terrace in Winston-Salem.

Born Sept. 27, 1908, in Sikeston, daughter of the late James Washington and Essie Wallman Baker Jr., she graduated with a registered nursing degree in 1928 from the American Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill. She was chief surgical nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and was later director of medical services for the Jewel Tea Company in Chicago. Past president of the American Industrial Nurses Association, for which she served on the board of directors for many years, she retired in 1972 to Phoenix, Ariz. She was also an avid golfer and active in church and community affairs.

She and Alan L. Lawver were married in Phoenix and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Edwin "Bud" and Jacklyn Matthews Werner of Winston-Salem; one sister, Helen Baker Hammon of Belleville, Ill.; two grandsons and spouses, Mark and Dorothee Werner of Overland Park, Kan., and Kirk and Lisa Werner of Morris Plains, N.J.; and five great-grandchildren, Allison, Kelsey, Jack, Maxine and Pauline.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sikeston City Cemetery. The Rev. William "Bill" Koch, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.

Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.

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