Peggy M. Perkins Lawrence
JANESVILLE – Peggy M. Perkins Lawrence was born at home in Viola, WI on March 10, 1929 to Floyd C. Perkins and Agnes E. Hadley. She was the fourth of nine children. Peggy went to Viola’s school and she and her best friend Lorraine Lieurance hiked and explored all the hills and caves. She was climbing to the top of the hill in front of their house on Hwy 56 about 1 1/2 miles east of Viola and yodeling with all her heart and everyone in town would know it was Peggy.
On December 17, 1945, she married Floyd Lawrence while he was still in the Navy. He had just returned from service in the South Pacific. They rented a farm in La Farge, WI and grew tobacco and had 1/4 acre of cucumbers. In 1951, they moved to the Beloit and Clinton area where their children graduated from high school. Peggy worked at Oaks Manufacturing and Hart Relay in Elkhorn, WI. In 1969, they bought a beef and hog farm near Westby, WI. Peggy graduated from CNA and worked at the Vernon Manner Nursing Home for 20 years. She obtained her real estate license and simultaneously sold real estate for 43 years. Floyd and Peggy had been married for almost 60 years when he passed away in 2004. Peggy loved traveling with her sister, Shirley, they made many trips together to Costa Rico, Israel, Jamaica and Alaska.
In 2010, Peggy met Ken Childs. They had a wonderful time together. They also loved visiting Peru, Ireland and Scotland twice and toured all the historic sites in the state of Wisconsin. They moved from the Viroqua area three years ago to Pharr, TX to get out of the cold winters of the WI.
Peggy returned to WI the first week of November 2021 and died on Thursday, December 2, 2021 of cancer at the age of 92 in her daughter, at Cheryl’s home in Janesville. She is survived by one son-in-law, Richard Salisbury of Lewisburg, OH; two daughters: Cheryl (Mike) Enright of Janesville, WI and Laura (Jim) Morrison of Poplar Grove, IL; one son, Randy (Verna) Lawrence of Viroqua, WI; his friend and companion, Ken Childs of Pharr, TX. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister and two brothers. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Floyd; daughter, Shelia; one sister and four brothers.
We would like to thank the Mercy Hospice for all of their great help with Mom in her final days.
The Coulee area cremation group in Onalaska, WI is helping with the arrangements.
The memorial service will be held at The United Methodist Church in La Farge, WI, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jorge Ochou Lonji officiating. Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery in La Farge.
Posted by La Crosse Tribune on December 15, 2021.