Elna Mae Lawler
SUMMITVILLE [mdash] Elna Mae (Castor) Lawler, 100, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Community Hospital of Anderson following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 21, 1918, in Hobbs, Indiana. She was a 1936 graduate of Alexandria High School. In 1939, Elna Mae married Charles Lawler and they began to farm in Richland Township around Moonsville. She was a hardworking and devoted farm wife, raising her family from the harvest of their farm. At one time she had worked in the office of the Linwood Grain Elevator.
Elna Mae was a loyal Democrat and worked in the Madison County Voter's Registration office. For several years she manned the polling booth in Moonsville. She drove a school bus in Richland Township for some time. Elna Mae was active in the Madison County Home Economics Association and a past president of the Liberty Home Economics Club. She was a judge in the poultry egg division of the Madison County 4-H Fair. Elna Mae never met a stranger and if the whole story would be known she would be found to be generous to a fault. Her sharp wit and a warm smile will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lawler of Summitville; son, David (Lois) Lawler of Alexandria; grandchildren, Tim Lawler, Teresa (Carl) Lehman, Jess (Xuezhen) Lawler, Shelly (Jason) Shaw, Travis Lawler, Antonia (Paul) Shaw, Mike (Melissa) Lawler; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, June Herron of Green Valley, Arizona; daughter-in-law, Kandye Lawler of Frankton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Charles Lawler in 1995; daughter, Lucretia Lawler; son, Dan Lawler; brother, Charles Castor; sister, Esther Sims.
Services honoring Elna Mae's life and legacy will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Jay Harvey officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Private interment of the cremains will take place in the IOOF Cemetery in Alexandria.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Madison County 4-H Association Scholarship Fund with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Elna Mae and serve the Lawler family.
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Published on November 18, 2019


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dale cook and dolores cook
Nov 20, 2019
WOW The memories of 4H at the Lawler farm. Elna Mae was a great and loyal democrat and we were neighbors and Republincans. We were still friends for my 80 years 4H fair will not be the same. Nancy and David you and the family will be in our prayers
Ray lawler
Nov 18, 2019
A life steepled in so many objects for other and warm smiles at the table was what comes to mind. Jars of cherry flavored apples and warm quilts on the itchy couch fill my mind. And yet looking out into trees and fields of corn with her in her chair and cats meowing invites tears to my eye about her. Warm words and kneeling to hug her as she watched jeopardy every time I visited