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Mary A. Lawrence Circle

The Mary A. Lawrence Circle was founded in the spring of 1905. It is named in honor of one of Springfield former leading community members, Mary Agnes Lawrence. Mrs. Lawrence, wife of Rheuna Lawrence for whom both Lawrence Aveune & Lawrence school are named, was also the mother of Susan Dana Thomas. She and her daughter Susan hosted many events to help the Springfield community in their beautiful home on South 4th Street, now known as the Dana Thomas House, a state historic site.

Mary A. Lawrence Circle meets on the second Tuesday of the month, from September through April (except January & February), at the place of the hostess’s choosing. Circle members volunteer with Personal Shopper at the Illinois Presbyterian Home/Fair Hills and Senior Services Daily Bread program. The circle also sponsors a resident at the Illinois Presbyterian Home. The circle serves on KDO committees and supports the KDO mission.

Mary Ann Smith (217-891-9896) or Sharon Nation (217-725-7155) for more information.
 

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