Obituary for Nancy Ann (Lawlis) Schlehuser | Pierce-Jefferson Funeral & Cremation Service
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Nancy Ann (Lawlis) Schlehuser

March 2, 1940 ~ February 2, 2018 (age 77)

Nancy Ann Lawlis Schlehuser, 77, died February 2, 2018.  Funeral services celebrating her life will be 2:30PM Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Main Street United Methodist Church.

Nancy was a native of Johnson County Indiana and was always Hoosier at heart no matter where she lived.  She was born March 2, 1940 to the late Marian Elizabeth Ray Lawlis and Verlin Edward Lawlis.  She grew up on farms around Trafalgar, Indiana, and always recalled most fondly her years on the dairy farm.

She was raised in a community of many family members and enjoyed all the family get togethers (usually food was included).  She was known in her husband's family as the best yeast roll baker.  She had the pleasure of cooking for harvesting crews as her mother was at work.

She excelled in school, liked English class (unlike most children), loved music, worked in the drug store at the soda fountain, and was active with many friends who remained friends for life.

After marrying Stephen Schlehuser on September 2, 1962, she endured moving with her husband's job 14 times with a happy and supportive heart.  She was a gracious hostess, always ready to meet people, join in groups and actively participate.

She was a member of Methodist and Presbyterian chuches at various locations.  She played in multiple handbell choirs.  She helped start a handbell choir at Center UMC where she arranged the music and directed.  Her last playing years were at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC.  This was the most advanced group she played with and she was very proud of their accomplishments.  She regretted deeply when her illness forced her to resign. 

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her daughter, Valerie Michelle O’Brien.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Stephen Schlehuser; daughters, Shari Lynn Beams and Lisa Rene Duffy and husband Mitchell; son-in-law, Kevin O’Brien; grandchildren, Victoria O’Brien, Sara O’Brien, Catharine O’Brien, Richard O’Brien; William Westervelt, Harrison Westervelt,  Alexandra Duffy, and Shannon Duffy; sister, Marilyn Knoy; and numerous extended family members.

Nancy had been afflicted with Primary Progressive Aphasia for several years and had been unable to communicate for the past 2 years.  The family suggests charitable contributions in lieu of flowers and would like those so inclined to consider the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (,), or Main Street UMC missions, or their own favorite charity.


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