Patricia Lawlis

Obituary of Patricia Lawlis

Patricia Jean Palmer Lawlis was born on June 30th, 1927 in Thorntown Indiana. She was an inquisitive learner, an independent thinker and a scholar. She married for love, raised a family, and performed administrative work as well as volunteer work.   She perfected her tennis and bridge before she and her husband John retired to Blue Bell Country Club to work on their golf game and then again back to Worcester to live in the Meadowood senior center. John pre-deceased her in 2013 and she left this world on September 19, 2018.


She was a superb student maintaining an A average throughout her academic career and, as was the social norm of her time she worked to support her husband’s years of advanced education at the expense of her own. Most of her adult life was spent living in Worcester, Pennsylvania where she raised a family of three children and several dogs.   She was active throughout her life, volunteering for school organizations, active in the Schwenkfelder Church and the Worcester community as well as working in an administrative capacity for several Republican candidates.  Pat was a delegate to the Republican national convention when Ronald Reagan was nominated for President.


 She loved games of all kind(s) ranging from athletic contests such as tennis and golf to board games, computer games, solitaire and her favorite passion of Bridge.


 After she returned with John to Meadowood she immersed herself in many activities, renewing old friendships and making new friends while still keeping on top of her bridge game.  She spent hours on her computer continuing to challenge her inquisitive nature until she passed away.


She is predeceased by her parents Henry and Mary Eugenia Palmer, her brother Robert Palmer and husband Dr. John F Lawlis Jr.  She is survived by her sister Susan McGoldrick and children Johnette Tollin, John III and his wife Jane and Janene Lawlis Johnson and her husband Mark. She also is survived by her grandchildren Shawn, Shannon, Ryan, Lindsay, Katharine, Ani and Chad; great grandchildren Emma, Abby, Lily, Evelyn and Allison; 5 nephews and one niece.

There will be a private family remembrance and no formal service per Patricia’s request.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor could be directed toward the Worcester Historical Society at or the charity of your choice. 


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