Evelyn Louelle (West) Lawrence, 75, of Austin, Texas, died September 1, 2022 at her home in Austin. Eve was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Louelle Evelyn (Alexander) and Carl Roland West on October 9, 1946.
Eve went to high school at Lee High School, Jacksonville and graduated in 1964. She attended Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd) and earned a BA from Florida State in 1967. Along with her husband Rick, she moved from Tallahassee, FL to Bloomington, IN, to Athens, GA, to Washington, DC, to Louisville, KY, to Pittsburgh, PA, to Houston, TX and finally to Austin. She savored the adventure of each new place, discovering each unique charm and sharing it with great enthusiasm. While in Pittsburgh, she earned an MBA in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh (1984) and then her CPA. After moving to Houston, she found work in a division of Bendix, then a NASA contractor, in the payroll department. The names and configurations of contractors changed around her, as did her positions and titles over her roughly 20-year career, culminating with United Space Alliance, from where she retired as an executive. superior in their purchasing division. Her passion for the US space program began in high school, even before the Apollo missions, and she considered it an honor to have supported the US space shuttle program. After retiring to Austin to be closer to her younger grandchildren, she practiced tai chi and chi gong with classmates from the Southwest Austin Family YMCA. She was extremely active at the University Presbyterian Church, where she volunteered as office and staff support, served with their social witness committee, as well as any other groups where she could bring her insight. and his understanding of the big picture.
When her children were young, Eve engaged in different hobbies and volunteer roles. She was a teacher’s aide and library assistant, and head scout for both girls at different times and age levels. She was a very talented seamstress, never finding a pattern she couldn’t modify to suit her needs. She made several matching outfits for her daughters when they were young, many Halloween costumes, the veil for her youngest daughter’s wedding, and the veil and dress for her eldest daughter, which involved lining up perfectly several types of lace. She remained a voracious reader throughout her life, preferring non-fiction.
Eve is survived by her husband Richard (Rick), her daughters Kimbol (Soques) and Meg (McReynolds) and their spouses Martin and Tommy, her grandchildren Bobbie of Austin, Alex of Dallas, Danny and his wife Brittany of Wilmington NC, and CJ and his wife Stephanie from California MD. Eve is also survived by her three great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held at the University Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. (Central Time) with the Reverend Matt Gaventa of University Presbyterian as officiant. The service will also be streamed via Zoom. (link: https://upcaustin.zoom.us/j/84259781213)
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UPLift at Presbyterian University (www.upcaustin.org/give). The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice Austin for their loving and thorough care during Eve’s final months. Eve’s heart was always that of a teacher, first seeking to find out what was around her, then wondering how she could make herself better for everyone who was there with her. In his memory, we ask you to stop, pay close attention, and cherish what you find before you.
Posted on September 15, 2022
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University Presbyterian Church
September 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.