Nelma M. Lawrence


Nelma M. Lawrence, age 87, of Webb City, Mo., passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Joplin Gardens. She was born on May 30, 1930, in Sarcoxie, Mo., to John J. Burkey and Susie T. (Carmichael) Burkey. She was in packing at Safeway Bakery, in Joplin, before her retirement. Nelma married James Lawrence on April 18, 1952, in Webb City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and one sister. Nelma is survived by her son, Jeffery Lawrence, of Webb City; grandson, Dustin Lawrence, of Springfield, Mo.; and a daughter-in-law, Bobbie Lawrence, of Joplin, Mo. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City. The family will be present for visitation on Tuesday, May 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Nashville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City. Visit for online condolences.
Published on May 13, 2018
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