February 17, 1920 ~ October 29, 2019

Born in: Detroit, MI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ruth Miriam Lawrence, 99, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

She was born on February 17, 1920, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Karl Mantyla and Agda Yliheikkila Mantyla, immigrants from Finland.

In 1942, she married John Edward Lawrence. He passed away in 2004. She is survived by daughters, Carol Lawrence, of Asheville, and Marsha Taylor, of Ashland, MO; grandson, Geoffrey Taylor of Columbia, MO; son-in-law, Peter Caulfield of Asheville, and nephew Karl Mantyla of Grosse Pointe Wood, MI.

Ruth was a dedicated volunteer with many charitable organizations, including garden club, HeadStart reading programs, and Project Linus. At Givens Estates, where she lived for the last fourteen years, she delighted in aqua exercise, bridge and other card games, and participating in the community’s many activities.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 2 pm in the Chapel at Givens Estates. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to MemoryCare, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC, 28803, or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Celebration of Life: November 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, NC 28803



Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, NC 28803


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  1. Aunt Ruth was a precious person who will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. We wish her well on her heavenly journey.
    Love, Peter and Tami Mantyla

  2. Great Aunt Ruth was a sweetheart with a wonderful sense of humor! Jim and I were so thankful that we could see her this past April, along with Carol & Peter. She was just as sharp as ever and quite amazing for 99 years old. Thanks for the great care you provided for her, Carol &Peter. She will be dearly missed.

  3. I will remember Aunt Ruth’s gentle demeanor and kindness. When I last spoke with her, she was clear-headed and thoughtful as ever. Rest in peace, sweet lady.

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