Lela A. Lawler, 94, Vandalia

Lela A. Lawler, 94, of Vandalia, died at 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Cardinal Hill Healthcare in Greenville.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Temple Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Loren File officiating. Burial will be in Green-Hill Cemetery, Fillmore. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Sunday at the church. Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Temple Baptist Church.

Mrs. Lawler was born on Aug. 11, 1914, in Mulberry Grove, the daughter of J. Grover and Lola E. Merriman Thacker. She married Victor Baggett on Jan. 30, 1937; he died in 1956. She married Nelson Lawler on Nov. 24, 1960; he died in October 1968.

She was a supervisor of the Lincoln School cafeteria in Vandalia, and a member of Temple Baptist Church of rural Vandalia.

She is survived by a son, Leslie Baggett and his wife Mary of Vandalia; stepdaughters, Connie Wilk of Lakeland, Fla., Deloris Peckron of Franklin, N.C., and Jeanne Hohlt of Vandalia; stepsons, Larry Lawler and his wife Shelby of Decatur, and Jerald Lawler and his wife Pat of Jennings, Mo., stepdaughter-in-law, Norma Lawler Cunningham of Vandalia; brother, Owen Thacker of Mulberry Grove; grandchild, Cindi Spinnig of Lampe, Mo.; 16 stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; sons, Robert and Richard Lawler; daughter, Maxine Phillips; brother, Oral Thacker; and sisters, Opal Oldham and Alta Ernest.

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