Margaret (Marnie) Lawlor


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              Beloved Sister and Friend                

     Westerly, RI - Margaret (Marnie) Lawlor of Westerly, RI passed away on November 19, 2021 from breast cancer at age 65.  Born in Waterbury CT, Marnie was the feisty, free-spirited, youngest child of Dr. James and Patricia Lawlor.  Marnie adored her five active, competitive and strong-willed siblings while expressing her own style, creativity and independence.
     When Marnie was very young, it was clear she was most happy in the water.  Ultimately, she swam on various teams, completed long ocean swims and Masters races.  Swimming was not only where she competed successfully, but also where she found peace and serenity.  As a long-time member of the YMCA, she swam most days at 5 a.m. to control her Type-1 diabetes which she managed for 54 years. 
     Marnie was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Waterbury, CT and Quinnipiac College.  She was a surgical nurse in Portland, ME and worked in the ER at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.  In later years, she owned the highly regarded Cotton Island, a unique clothing store in Watch Hill, RI.  The boutique became a showcase for her vivid imagination, creative style and flair. 
     While swimming in January 2019, Marnie suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed.  She faced her disability with the same courage and determination she had shown throughout her life.  From diabetes to stroke to cancer and other setbacks in between, Marnie managed her complex health challenges with fierce strength.  She also found solace and comfort from her deep spirituality, which guided her choices, actions and relationships.  Her surviving siblings all agree that she taught them so much about perseverance and being true to oneself.
     Marnie will be greatly missed by her five siblings: James Lawlor (Peggy), Middlebury CT; Edward Lawlor (Barbara), Watertown CT; Patricia Webster (Kent), Marlboro VT; Robert Lawlor, Thomaston ME; Mary Hays (Frank), Framingham, MA; twelve nieces and nephews and by her many loyal, loving friends dating back to her youngest years. 
     A special thank you to Vanderbilt Stroke Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Andrew Neuhauser, and HopeHealth Hospice.  
     A Funeral Mass will be held at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury, CT.  The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street, Waterbury is assisting with the arrangements
    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dunn’s Corners Fire Department, 1 Langworthy Road, Westerly, RI in her memory. 



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