“When we all reach the end of our earthly journey, we will have just begun.” Billy Graham
On Saturday, February 9, 2019 our beloved Mildred was ushered into the presence of the Lord. She was surrounded by family and friends singing praises, confessing their love for her, and assuring her that they would see her again.
Named after both of her grandmothers, Mildred Jean Lawrence Marrimon was born June 1, 1946 on her father’s birthday. Later in life she would affectionately be known as Gammie. She was the second child born to William and Queen Lawrence. There were seven children in the Lawrence household; and although they started off with meager beginnings, there was not a shortage of love. She loved her family immensely and expressed it through words of affirmation and her love language, giving.
Mildred had fond memories of growing up in Roanoke, Virginia where she was educated until attending college at Norfolk State University. After visiting New York with three cousins for the summer, she remained there for over 40 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Medgar Evers College and a dual Masters in early childhood education and special education from Adelphi University. She was a retired teacher who was skillful and loving. She touched many hearts and made lifetime friendships along the way.
How can you sum up a lifetime of love, compassion, giving, support, and kindness in a simple obituary? How can you accurately describe the impact on the countless lives that were blessed by Mildred? Is it possible to share how she made each person feel special and like she only had time for them? From late night calls of support and prayer, long conversations giving encouragement, or simply providing a non-judgmental ear; you could always find a place to stay and money in your pocket to help you along the way.
Mildred’s legacy can be summed up in three words, faith, strength, and perseverance. After surrendering her life to Jesus Christ, she chased after him with all her might. She shared her faith wherever she went beginning with her family. It was her mission to share the love of Christ wherever she went. For years she battled illnesses and chronic pain. Those who knew her well can attest that she remained encouraged and never complained. She often referred to her multiple visits to the hospital as an opportunity to minister to others; she was “on assignment”.
Mildred was a fighter and her weapon of choice was intercession. Beginning early in the morning, she could be found faithfully on the prayer line every four hours interceding and warring on behalf of others. Whether fighting the enemy with prayer or standing in faith for her life, she would not quit.
Please do not be sorrowful for Mildred has earned her great reward. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 5:8. Be assured that Mildred is not dead and if you make Jesus Christ your lord and savior you can be confident that you will see her again. Billy Graham said it best when he stated, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
Welcoming her to her heavenly home were her husband, Robert Marrimon, her parents, William and Queen Lawrence, her sister Mary Watts, brother Dennis Lawrence and nephew Shawn Lawrence. Left to rejoice in her memory are her children Tawnia Ramirez (Calvin) and Olynka Marrimon. The four chambers of her heart, as she called them, her grandchildren, Jacobi Deacon (Triston), Zaria Ramirez, Olin Marrimon, and Eden Ramirez. Bonus daughter, Grace Rodriguez-Lopez (Juan) and grandchildren, Xavier Lopez and Neileen Lopez. Her siblings, Rosa Greene, Lorraine Lawrence, William Lawrence, Jr. (Norma), and Theresia Waller (Chester). Devoted nephew, Larry Greene, Jr., Nieces, nephews, god-children, Cheryl Green, Sharnel Justice, and Antoine Jones along with many friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 am. Family visitation will be from 9:30 -10:00 at
Faith Landmarks Ministries
8491 Chamberlayne Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227