LAWLER (SPARROW), Marguerite Mary got the desire of her heart on Sunday. She went to be in the presence of Jesus Christ. Marguerite was a person of great faith who strived to abide by God’s will. She was a person of integrity, who had a will of iron. There was never any hidden agenda with this one!
Marguerite Sparrow was born in Newfoundland and raised by the ocean. Her father was a commercial fisherman who was lost at sea when Marguerite was one year old. Her mother, Laura Sparrow, married Ernest DeVine, whom Marguerite adored, along with his children. She and her sister, Laura, were raised in a happy faith-filled home.
Marguerite entered the convent at seventeen, teaching on an Indian Reservation in Canada. She was a primary school teacher with the Sisters of Mercy until she left the order after seventeen years and moved to Detroit. There she became a programmer in the early years of computers. She met and married William Lawler, who was truly the love of her life. Even though he was twenty five years her senior, they had twenty five wonderful years of marriage together. After Bill’s death, Marguerite moved from Arkansas back to Michigan to be near her best friend and daughter-in-law, Carol Charlier, and Marguerite’s grandchildren.
After moving back to Michigan, Marguerite worked at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc in accounting. Her ministry took her to Catholic Churches in Gaines, Goodrich, Flint, and Davison. Marguerite volunteered in Hospice Programs and the Catholic Outreach Center in Flint. She had many close friends at every church.
Marguerite had a love for the vulnerable and compassion for the needy. She loved to laugh with her friends. When she loved, she loved fiercely. She loved to read and was protective of English grammar. One did not misspell or use bad grammar in her presence!
She loved dogs and cats, and valued all animals. She loved living at Ballard Village in Davison, where she had many friends. She especially loved Lindy, the manager and MoMo, a resident dog.
Marguerite is survived by her stepson, William Lawler, Jr. and his children. She is grieved by her Michigan grandchildren, Ron (Cindy) Lawler, Mary (Joe) Kaszynski, Ken (Donna) Lawler, Laura (Tony) Moore and Jennifer (Frank) Manley. She was loved by her many great-grandchildren and her great greats. She was Auntma to them.
Two friends who loved her dearly and loved to make her laugh were Sue Colavincenzo and Mike Charlier.
She also leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Laura’s children, Susan Parent, Michael Gill, William Gill, and John Gill, their spouses and children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, stepson, Bob Lawler and his wife, Arlene, Carol Charlier, stepdaughter, Pat, stepson Jim Lawler and two nieces.
Marguerite’s life and faith will be celebrated at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Father Andrew Czajkowski celebrating the Eucharist.
There will be a dinner to follow at a local restaurant, where stories can be shared in remembering our dear friend.