Ellen Gillikin Lawrence, 93, of Otway, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at her home.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2021, at Otway Christian Church, officiated by Rev. Jack Mumford and Rev. Merritt Watson. Interment will follow at Carteret Memorial Gardens. Friends are welcome to attend the service. For those unable to attend, the family invites you to view the webcasting of the service through her obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. In keeping with the CDC guidelines pertaining to the Coronavirus, those who are ill or at-risk (elderly, immune-compromised) are encouraged to stay home. Additionally, there will be a limit to the number of people in the building at one time, as well, those who attend will be asked to bring and wear a protective mask. Help us honor the family while practicing safe measures. Friends are also encouraged to leave words of comfort to the family through the website. (See link below for the Service Bulletin including the Order of Service.)
Ellen was born on October 18, 1927, in Otway, North Carolina to the late George and Violetta Gillikin and was a 1945 graduate of Smyrna High School. Following school, Ellen worked as a seamstress for Blue Bell for over 30 faithful years.
Ellen was a dedicated woman of faith. As a lifelong member of Otway Christian Church, she was a deacon emeritus, along with assisting in many other areas of ministry over the years. In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, her talent and attention to detail produced beautiful quilts that she was happy to display and share. Baking was another favorite activity for Ellen and those who received her goodies were always grateful.
She is survived by her daughter, Eileen L. Small of Newport; stepdaughter, Rebecca L. Smith and husband Gerry of Morehead; stepson, Roland D. Lawrence Jr. and wife Lisa of Beaufort; granddaughter, Tanya S. Sewell and husband Thomas of Morehead City; great-grandchildren, Tracy Sewell and Tiffany Sewell, both of Morehead City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas T. Lewis and second husband, Roland D. Lawrence Sr.; sister, Marie Stafford; and brother, Hiram Gillikin.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2021, at Otway Christian Church. The same safety guidelines will apply.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions, in memory of Ellen Lawrence, may be made to Otway Christian Church at 242 Gillikin Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516 or to the American Heart Association at P. O. Box 744806, Atlanta GA 30374.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.
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Otway Christian Church
242 Gillikin Road, Beaufort NC 28516
American Heart Association
P. O. Box 744806, Atlanta GA 30374-4806