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Ruth Ann Lawlor

Obituary for Ruth Ann Lawlor

March 21, 1924 - March 8, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 93

...a faithful member of her church community...


Ruth Ann Lawlor, 93, of San Antonio, Texas, died peacefully at home on March 8, 2018. Ruth was born March 21, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Michael Syron and Rose Moran Syron.

After high school, Ruth and her family moved to New York City for better economic opportunities, and she found office work in the war industry. She also agreed to show the City sights to a boy from back home who was visiting before entering the Army Air Force. John J. "Jack" Lawlor and Ruth fell in love and corresponded between New York and England, where Jack was stationed throughout WWII.

Before returning home, Jack proposed by letter. They married in June 1945 and moved to Syracuse, NY, where Jack attended Syracuse University and Ruth began a stellar career as a homemaker and mother. They had six children: Christine Hamilton (Billy), Austin; Joan Brantley (John), Houston; John Lawlor (Carol), Michael Lawlor (Jan), Patrick Lawlor (Veronica), and Jaimie Jackson (Mark), all of San Antonio. Ruth was preceded in death by Jack (2008), her parents, and her siblings – Frances, Leona, Rita, Joe, and Bud. She is survived by her children, 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ruth considered her family her greatest accomplishment and made each of her children and grandchildren feel special. Her home in Hollywood Park was the center of family life and was often bursting at the seams at holidays, summer vacations, and family celebrations. Family lore records that son Patrick often had to sleep on the carpet under the dining room table as all beds and couches in the house were full of visitors.

Ruth was a faithful member of her church community at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Catonsville, Maryland, and later at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio, where she was a founding member. Ruth was active with the Altar Society and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She looked forward each week to taking communion to the sick at Methodist Hospital. She also enjoyed writing and producing parish plays. She will be sorely missed by her many longtime friends from St. Mark's, her Bunco Club, and the Red Hat Club. The family thanks the skilled, compassionate home caregivers who helped "Grandma" stay in her home after her health declined.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6-7 pm, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1602 Thousand Oaks Drive, followed by a 7 pm Memorial Service.

10:00 AM

A private interment will be held in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, 9935-D Rea Road #212, Charlotte, NC 28277.



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