Charlotte Irmgard (Lenz) Lawlor 1916

Story of Charlotte Irmgard (Lenz) Lawlor

Lottie was born 11 August 1916 at Raymond, Ab to August and Martha Schellenberger Lenz. They moved to Hillspring and then to Kimball. Martha died on 19 May 1918 at Cardston one week after giving birth to a son, Joseph Henry, who died also and they were buried in the same casket in the Cardston Cometary.

Lottie lived with Grandma Lenz in Cardston until 12 March 1919 when August married Della Casson Cahoon who became her new mama. She chose Della because they had become such good friends when Della brought the milk and eggs to their house. When August met Della he agreed with Lottie.

They lived at Kimball for a short time and moved to Beazer and then to the Seddon School district. She received her schooling at Seddon and then Hillspring. She smashed her right elbow at the age of eight. The Doctor wanted to amputate her arm right then but her folks coaxed him to wait. He set it as best he could and taped it up tightly in a bent position. He was afraid that infection would set in. After much fasting and prayers the arm healed with no infection. In time the nerves that had been damaged healed and she regained the use of her arm.  It was a bit shorter than the left but otherwise was alright. This set her back in her schooling a bit but she enjoyed school and her new friends at Hillspring and soon caught up again. They lived four miles from school and it was quite a struggle to get there in the winter time. She was always top honor student.

She loved to ride and drive horses and got to be very good at driving two, four, or six horses abreast on the machinery. She never left anything half-finished. Her motto was never give up.

She loved to read. She sent the rest of us out to play so she could enjoy a good book. Sometimes we got her to come out and play ball or other games played after dark. She liked to sew and was good at it. When she was finished the product had to be perfect.

Bragging was NOT one of her accomplishments. In fact it was difficult for her to admit that she had reached anywhere near perfection in anything. As she got older she accepted herself and others in their accomplishments much easier.

She took elocution lessons from Ray Kurd. She enjoyed this very much. She tried to teach us some of it. Helen responded quite well but the rest of us got the giggles and were dismissed. She gave up on us. We just couldn’t be serious enough. She was rather self-conscious and hated to speak in public. She finally used her talents and took part in a production directed by Sister Kurd. She decided that it wasn’t so bad after all.

Sister Vaneta Davies who was a professional seamstress and had graduated from College in the USA in what is now called Home Economics had Lottie helping her with her sewing. She had more than she could handle along with her children. She also taught Lottie some of the courses that she had taken and let Lottie read her text books when school let out. Before she turned eighteen in August, she went to Raymond to work for Frank Taylor and his wife doing housework. She was under the watchful eye of a friend of her Dad, Mrs. Evans. Lottie was born in her house. Lottie became good friends with many people and had fond memories of Raymond. When Ireta died and Irma had ruptured appendix and Mama was expecting another baby, Lottie went home to Hillspring to look after the rest at home.

Her next employment was at Picture Butte at Lawlor’s doing housework for James and Rhea Lawlor. It was here she met Francis Earl Lawlor whom she married 5 November 1942 in the Cardston Temple. Before their marriage after finishing employment at the Lawlor’s she worked at the T. Baton. Co. store in Lethbridge in the drapery department. She was a very good seamstress as well as a good cook and housekeeper.

Francis was living in the USA after taking his schooling as a chemist so was stationed at a good many munitions plants during and after the war. After their marriage the first place lived in was Chattanooga, Tennessee. They moved to Niagara, NY, Philadelphia, Mesa, Arizona, and Torrance, California.

They have six girls – (Ken) and Francine Hart (4 children), (Don) and Charlotte Ruth Brown (8), (Glenn) and Martha Yvonne Parsons (2 & 2 G.), (Stephan) and Anne Marie Blackham (6), (David) and Elizabeth Cobabe (5), Jeannine Glumace (2), and Bruce Edwin Lawlor. They have grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Francis has held many positions in the Church – bishops, mission leaders, High Priest group leader and many others. Lottie has served in nearly all positions in Relief Society – president, councilors, spiritual living lesson teacher as well as all others, Sunday School teacher of all classes, Primary teacher and officer. She taught the Genealogy class for a few years.

She had the opportunity to go to Germany and Switzerland with Francis and Francine who had served a fulltime mission in Frankfurt, Germany and they had a good genealogy hunt while they were there. She also met some of their mother’s family that were still alive. She enjoyed that a great deal and had a good time.

She suffered a massive heart attack and died suddenly on 24 October 1980 at the age of sixty four at Torrance, California and is buried there.

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Charlotte Irmgard “Lottie” Lenz Lawlor

Birth: Aug. 11, 1916     Raymond, Alberta, Canada
Death: Oct. 24, 1980     Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Charlotte Irmgard Lenz was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, the first child of August Lenz and Martha Schellenberger. She was named after her mother’s youngest sister, who was born after Martha left Germany. She was called Lottie throughout her life. Before Lottie was two years old, her mother died after giving birth to a little brother, Joseph Henry, who also died. Lottie spent the next year with her father’s parents, Anna Katherina and Jacob Lenz. Her father married Della Casson Cahoon a year later, at which time Lottie joined the August Lenz family again.

Lottie worked very hard on the farm – hauling water, weeding row after row in their very large garden, harvesting crops, etc. She also spent a lot of time helping with the children who were added to the family before she left home – Melva, Helen, Myrtle, Irma, Ruth, Ireta and Joyce.

At the age of 18 she accepted a job as cook on a cook car for James Lawlor and then worked for his brother, Larry, and for their parents, Joseph and Clara Lawlor. Lottie met Francis Lawlor during that time. After knowing him for over 5 years, they were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple Nov. 5,1942. They had 8 children Francine, Ruth, Martha, Marie, Beth, Juanita, Mark and Bruce. They lived in Chattanooga TN, Niagara Falls NY, Philadelphia PA, Torrance and Carson CA.

Lottie was a very capable wife and mother, and spent many hours cooking, cleaning, and caring for not only her own family, but also others who needed her help. Anthony Ringlero, a Native American joined the family for several years while he was participating in the Indian Placement Program. She did the housekeeping, prepared the meals, sewed clothing, baked and decorated wedding cakes, knitted, crocheted, and made many beautiful items. She was the Ward Relief Society President in her LDS ward many times through her life. She taught genealogy and Sunday School classes and was active in many civic activities. She worked in a polling booth on election days. She died suddenly of a heart attack when she was 64 years old.

She was “an angel in work clothes” and dearly loved by those who knew her.

Family links:
August Lenz (1894 – 1960)
Martha Schellenberger Lenz (1894 – 1918)

Francis Earl Lawlor (1915 – 2011)

Charlotte Irmgard Lenz Lawlor (1916 – 1980)
Joseph Henry Lenz (1918 – 1918)*
Melva C Lenz Harker (1920 – 1987)**

Helen Martha Lenz (1922 – 1988)**
Myrtle Lenz Litchfield (1924 – 2007)**
Irma Lenz Anderson (1926 – 2011)**
Ruth Harriett Lenz Day (1928 – 2000)**
Ireta Alice Lenz (1931 – 1935)**

*Calculated relationship

Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Crest Gardens, 272, B