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.