Bonnie Pauline (Parks) Lawler
Bonnie Pauline Parks Lawler, 91, passed away at her home on November 15, 2020 after a short cancer illness. She was born on August 24, 1929, in Tightwad, Mo., the daughter of Ray A. Parks and Audra B. (Clark) Parks.
She married Calvin A Lawler on July 26, 1947. They moved to Lowry City, Mo until 1952 when Cal went into the US Army and lived in Atlanta, GA for two years. After returning to Missouri, they lived in the Kansas City area. Pauline had a home business making and selling ceramic items for several years. In 1978 Calvin and Pauline started Lawler Gear Corp., growing the business to 25 people. Pauline never really retired; she came to the shop weekly until she was 89 to help with the accounting and make sure everyone was staying in line!
Pauline lived most of her life in Raytown and Lee’s Summit, Mo. She was a member of the Blue Ridge United Methodist church for over 50 years. She was a member of the church Circle Group, active PTA member, Cub Scout Den Mother, Boy Scout Mothers Council, and founder of a Red Hat ladies’ group.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, Calvin, who affectionately called her the “Queen of Tightwad”. She is survived by her children Ray (Martha), Patty Thomas (Larry), Bonnie Johnson (Brian), and Wayne (Jolaina). Grandchildren Rachel Lawler, Becky Lawler Coltrain (Jay), Destiny Lawler, Anna Lawler, Audrey Thomas, Michael Johnson, Ashley McClain, Kristi Culbertson (Doug), Chloe Kirn, Alex Kirn (Sarah) and Great Grandchildren Kiara, Elijah, and Gianna Coltrain, Charlie Thomas, Eleanor, Evelyn, Henry, Owen, and Andrea Culbertson.
Funeral arrangements are by Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. There is a memorial picture slideshow on Pauline’s Facebook page and on https://youtu.be/jJ5d-_bbYgw as well. There will be a grave side service at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Mo. on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Parks Chapel Church, 1023 SE 450th Road, Clinton, MO 64735.
Clinton, MO 64735
What a pleasure it was to have been acquainted with Pauline & Calvin! Never a conversation we had over the years ended without a tribute to her loving and caring family. Her high spirited nature will be missed.
Bonnie and Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss, please accept my deepest condolences.
Pauline was a wonderful person. She always called me “Windy” She and Calvin babysat me when they lived in Lowry City. She used to say I was their practice baby .I remember riding the bus from Clinton to Raytown to visit them when I was a kid. Got off at Katz drugstore, and Pauline would be there to pick me up. I have many fond memories of Pauline. I will certainly miss her. God bless.
Ray, Patty, Bonnie and Wayne,
Sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a Great friend to our Mom. We also had a lot of good times together as kids. Prayers for all of you and your families.
Pam and Phil Harrison
I will always remember all the annual family reunions, Pauline and Calvin were always there. They were always ready to share stories of their life experiences but were more interested in hearing about what was happening in everyone else’s lives and about their families.
We will all miss her.
Sorry for the loss of your sweet Mom.
She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This was evident by the smile on her face when she would talk about them or see them. She will be greatly missed, but the memories will live on.
I have been searching for a phone number and came across your mom’s obituary. So sorry for your loss I loved Pauline dearly. We have so many memories. Momma passed 1 month and 4 days after your mom. They were such good friends . Please email me with a phone number Patty. Love and prayers. Debbie