She was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Deerfield, Mo., the daughter of Ed and Nellie Zimmerman Lawrence. Nellie married William A. "Bill" Carpenter in November of 1942. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2003.
She worked for 15 years as a seamstress for the Nelly Don Garment Factory in Nevada, Mo. She loved playing bingo and knitting afghans and she enjoyed her devoted dog Spot. She leaves many dear friends from Medicalodges. She was a member of the Community Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, Bill Carpenter Jr. and wife Diana, Fort Scott; a daughter, Donna Schilling and husband Dale, Fort Scott; and three brothers, Junior Lawrence, Fort Scott, Chet Lawrence, Wichita, Kan., and Loren Lawrence, Nevada, Mo.
Also surviving are two grandsons, Doug Carpenter and fiancÚ Kelcy, Louisburg, Kan., and Travis Schilling and wife Tina, Fort Scott; and two grandchildren, Taylor and Tabitha Schilling.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Lawrence and Lorain Shepherd; and a grandson, Scott Carpenter, as well as her parents.
Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Cheney Witt Chapel from 10 a.m. until leaving for the cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Medicalodges Activity Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.