“The Promise” “Across the years I will walk with you – in deep green forests; on shores of sand; and when our time on Earth is through, in Heaven, too, you will have my hand.” By Robert Sexton. Concepcion Manuela Bravo Lawrence was born on February 23, 1940 to John and Manuela Garcia Bravo in St. Joseph.
Before her marriage of 55 years to Gerald Dennis “Jerry” Lawrence, she was called “Concha” by family. However, after her marriage, Jerry endearingly called her Concha while others called her Connie.
Connie lived a life as a follower of Jesus Christ, therefore, when He extended His arms and called her to Him, she lovingly and trustfully allowed Him to safely lead her home on November 23, 2013.
Believing as Christ as her Savior, Connie’s last place of worship with church family was at Eastside Baptist Church. Connie attended Floyd Elementary and Benton High School. Connie served as a personal caregiver to the elderly in a private setting and at Tiffany Square for many years. At two former hospitals in St. Joseph, she gently cared for newborns in the nursery. Connie drove a school bus for many years, earning an excellent driving record. She enjoyed interacting with the school children, and quickly became a favorite with them. Connie made many friends at other places of employment throughout her working years. Connie was a generous steward of the gifts God gave her. She was a giver. Her many talents included, but were not limited to, cooking, canning, knitting and crocheting. Cooking was a natural gift and passion – especially Mexican tamales. She was well-known for generously making and sharing her tamales with friends and families. She also mastered the science of canning vegetables and winemaking. Connie learned to knit and crochet, making many useful items, which she gave to family, friends, Hospice staff and sent to the missions. Connie enjoyed reading books, specifically related to American History and Christian-oriented books, articles and magazines, watching nature documentaries and science fiction movies. Connie was a “Trekkie” – she loved “Star Trek” and “Lost in Space.” Connie also enjoyed finding treasures at garage sales for family and to send to the missions. She had an eye for finding things that were useful, needed or fun. She also learned to bowl and play golf and her home in St. Joseph was always lively with family and friends.
As busy as her life was, Connie always said “yes” to God. One of her most rewarding callings was to help raise and nurture her grandchildren, to teach and guide them in His ways. She lovingly cared for her grandchildren in St. Joseph, and when needed, Connie and Jerry moved to San Diego, Calif., to help care for the youngest of their grandchildren. She was there when family or friends needed her, either physically or in prayer.
Although she reluctantly leaves her home, family and friends here on Earth, she expectantly awaits the reunion she has been promised in Heaven, namely with her beloved soul mate and husband, Jerry; her three sons, Gary Michael (Kim) Lawrence, Christopher Jay (Tania) Lawrence and Mark Alan Lawrence; grandchildren, Jamie, Brendon, Ryan, Mark, Ashley, Krystal, Christopher, Aaron, Javlin, Brittany, Sara, Amber, Nathan and Joshua; and several great-grandchildren.
Connie also leaves her siblings, David Bravo, Patricia Hutchison, Anita Bravo, Teresa Bravo Kerns (deceased), Phyllis (Daniel) Smith, John (Karen) Bravo, Joseph (Peggy) Bravo; her brother-in-law, Vernon (Sharon) Lawrence; sisters-in-law, Wanda Sampson, Gayle (Leon) Pummel and many nieces and nephews.
Especially when she became ill, she was comforted with the promise that God personally gave her during times of trials, that He would “take my hand and never leave me. “
“He hears the lark within the songless egg, in the folded seed He sees the bud, and in the will the deed” –Author Unknown.
There will be no service or visitation. A private service for family only will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hands of Hope Hospice.
Services under direction of Clark-Sampson Funeral Home.