We note with deep regret, the death of Lillian Lawrence (Anderson) on March 14, 2014 at the age of 97. Together with her husband, Tony Lawrence, they founded what has become LTX, Inc. and all of its subsidiary companies. “Lil” and Tony were the parents of Stephen Lawrence, LTX Inc.’s President and Chairman, Anne Jones (Lawrence), LTX Inc. Board Member, Jay Lawrence, former Lawrence NationaLease President, who preceded his mother in death, and the grandparents of Eric Lawrence, Lawrence Transportation Company President.
Lillian was born on July 12, 1916 and grew up in Wanamingo, Minnesota. Her accomplishments and abilities spanned the decades: basketball player, pianist, soloist, registered nurse, Grand Matron of the Eastern Star, and Sunday school teacher. All of these were entwined into untold numbers of stories about Lil’s care, generosity, faith and love.
One of the most telling in terms of the early days of Lawrences and trucks came from Bob Nelson who met Lil back in 1946. He told us that the company had three trucks. Lillian did the office work and Tony drove trucks and sold trucking. Bob wanted to be a driver, but he had to wait until there were financing and customers enough to buy a fourth truck. Only then could he get behind the wheel. “You know,” he said, “I really worked for Lil.”