“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
II Timothy 4: 6-8
Loyce M. Nolan Laws was born to the union of Isaac David Nolan and Mary Ella Wells on August 30, 1930 in Washington, Texas. She met and married Andrew Laws on September 17, 1949 in Galveston, Texas. To this union, five children were born.
Loyce accepted Christ at an early age, and was a faithful member of the First Union Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Ministers and Deacons wives, Mothers’ Union, Senior Women, Usher Board, and Sunday School-Adult Class #I. She served faithfully until her health failed.
She was a housewife and a seamstress. She sewed for many throughout Galveston County including Nascke Sporting Good Store. She also served for many years as a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Heroines of Jericho-Sarah’s Court #1.
Loyce was preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Mattie Nolan, Evelyn Sennette, Lucinda Oliver, Willie Dale, and great-grandson, Jaden Washington- Lee.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband of fifty-eight (58) years, Andrew Laws, Sr.; two daughters, Joyce Washington and Angie Laws; three sons, Andrew Laws, Jr. (Floretta), James Laws, Sr. (Angela), Marc Laws I (Anita); one nephew raised as a son, Marion Oliver III; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; two sister-in-laws, Bessie Duncan and Erma Smith (Willie); two brother-in-laws, Eugene Laws (Mildred) and Marion Oliver, Jr.; four aunts; a devoted cousin, Elna Norman; a host of cousins, friends and her First Union Baptist Church family.
Early on the morning of Saturday, November 17, 2007, the Angel of Silence entered her room at Clear Lake Regional Hospital and winged her flight to Glory. With a saved, sanctified, and made-up mind, she answered the call and went on to her heavenly home.
Visitation will be held today, November 20th, from 4-7:00 p.m. at E.R. Johnson Family Mortuary. There will be no wake. A service celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Union Baptist Church, with Pastor David L. Everson, Sr. officiating. She will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery.