Mrs. Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence

  • Born: November 28, 1933
  • Died: January 31, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Emily "Joan" (McIntyre) Lawrence, age 86, of Battle Creek passed away Friday evening, January 31, 2020. She was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on November 28, 1933, the loving daughter of Frederick P. and Helen J. (Dinnebiel) McIntyre. Joan graduated from St. Philip Catholic High School with the Class of 1952. She worked many part-time and temporary jobs while her children were young, and then worked for fifteen years at Federal Home Life/HBJ Insurance Co. and retired from the V.A. Hospital in 1995.

Joan married her "High School Sweetheart", Walter "Ed" Lawrence Jr. at St. Philip Catholic Church on February 4, 1956; he sadly preceded her in death on October 24, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Darrell Maisner; and her sisters, Alma Kuharic and Greta Wilcox. Joan is survived by her children, Tom (Tammi) Lawrence, Teri Maisner, Tim (Betsy) Lawrence, Ted (Lisa) Lawrence, and Anthony "Tony" Lawrence; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nieces & nephews.

Joan enjoyed presenting "HIPJO" the clown, swimming with the mermaids at the Family Y, singing with the Sweet Adelines, and collecting Tea Leaf ironstone china. She was an active member at St. Philip Parish for many years, most recently as Extraordinary Minister, working Sunday Suppers, and volunteering in various other activities around the church and the Battle Creek community.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Joan's life will be held 10:00 am., Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Foundation or the St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Joan may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal



Posted by BERNADETTE (ALLEN) SCHALM - SUN CITY WEST, AZ - Classmate   April 28, 2020

We are so sorry. We have had so many good memories with Joan,Ed and all of you. You are in our prayers. John and Louise

Posted by John and Louise Sweet - Brookkly Park, MN - Friend   February 06, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Brenda Stacy - Hastings, MI - Friend   February 05, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from your mom and dad. They will always be in my prayers as you all are.

Posted by James Sweet - Livonia, MI - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

Blessings on a wonderful family with the most wonderful parents. I will always treasure the years in pews at St. Phil's. So deeply sorry for your loss!

Posted by Mary Knapp - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

Joan was the most wonderful,kind & nicest person to work with at the Battle Creek VA Hospital & a great Ward Clerk too! So sorry for the loss of Joanx May Gods BlessingsSurround Joan's family during this difficult time!!!

Posted by Judith Campbell-Rootes - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   February 04, 2020

Our heart felt condolences to all kids and grandkids.Your mom was a joyful influence to all that knew her. She will be missed. John and Sandy Lindsay and family

Posted by John Lindsay - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 03, 2020


Tom- I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mother sounded like such an exceptional woman. Prayers for you and your family during this hard time.

Posted by Kourtney Grooten - Battle Creek, MI   February 03, 2020

Deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Lawrence family!!
Much respect & love was shared on Garrison Ave.

Posted by john heil - Kankakee, IL - Neighbor   February 02, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. While I only met Ms. Lawrence a few times, the lady, leader, mother and grandmother she was is clear and shows in each of her kids. We are SO BlESSED to know the Lawrence family and thank her for having you all!

Posted by Rick and Jen Powell - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   February 02, 2020

Tim and Betsy, we are so sorry for your loss. Hang on to your wonderful memories of good times. Our prayers will be with you during this time. Blessing, Homer and Pat

Posted by Pat Root - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 02, 2020

Mary and I are sorry for your loss. Growing up at your house, we have many memories of your mom and will cherish them. She was a strong and vibrant woman, and I always considered her one of my own moms as she kept us in line. Peace to all of you.

Posted by Tom Zavitz - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 02, 2020

Teddy - we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She sounded like a wonderful woman. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family - from the Greater Battle Creek Ice Hockey Association.

Posted by Jess Wilkins - Acquaintance   February 01, 2020