Source: North Manchester Journal, February 7, 1901

Well Known and Respected Lady Dies Suddenly at Her Home in this City.

Great surprise was manifested by the public generally last Saturday evening on the announcement that Mrs. Jennie C. Lawrence had passed away at about 5 o'clock. Her sickness was not of long duration and but few outside of her immediate friends knew that she was ailing. Her death was due to a complication of throat trouble, asthma and grip and she had been confined to her bed but a few days.

Funeral services were conducted at the Lawrence home at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. D.F. Thomas, Rev. A.S. Wooten and Rev. Albert Wright in the presence of a very large congregation of friends. Probably no woman in this city was better know or more highly respected than Mrs. Lawrence. She was a lady of particularly pleasant disposition and of great kindness of heart which endeared her to everyone who learned to know her intimately. The following obituary was read at the funeral services:

Jennie Cowdry Holcomb was born in Gramby, Hartford county, Connecticut, on the 30th of November, 1839, being the youngest of the nine children of Amasa and Hannah Holcomb, there being three sons and six daughters of whom one brother and two sisters remain. She died at their home in North Manchester, Indiana, on the 2d day of February, 1901, aged 61 years, 2 months and 2 days. Her father having died when she was only four years old, she with her mother some years later removed to Painesville, Ohio, where her girlhood was largely spent, and during which time she attended Hiram college, James A. Garfield being one of her instructors.

As a young woman she lived some years with her brother Horace Holcomb, late president of the Holcomb National Bank of Toledo, Ohio.

On the 13th of September, 1859, at the home of her sister, mrs. Hannah E. Moses, at Indianapolis, Indiana, she was married to George W. Lawrence, and came to North Manchester--where she has since resided. Mr. Lawrence died on the 9th day of December, 1894, she having survived him a little over six years.

She became a member of the M.E. church shortly after her marriage and has retained her allegiance to that organization ever since.

She leaves behind her in addition to the brother and sisters already mentioned, her only child, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Mills and her two granddaughters, Georgia Mary and Kathryn Mills.