Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence

Obituary of Susan Diane Lawrence

Susan Diane Lawrence, age 71, passed away at her home in Watsonville on Friday, March 8, 2019. 


She was born October 12, 1947, in San Jose, CA to Stanley and Elsa (Stolz) Lawrence. Susan grew up on her parents’ prune & walnut orchard next to the Coyote Creek in South San Jose. She was an avid horseman and member of 4-H. She graduated Andrew Hill High School in 1965 and moved to Weiser, ID in 1969 to work on the family’s cattle ranch. She moved back to Santa Cruz County in 1976 where she remained for the rest of her life. Susan loved all animals and dedicated her life to caring for them.


She is survived by her son, James Gilman of Boise, ID; her daughter Christina (Robert) Holmes of Boulder Creek, CA; and her granddaughters Hailey Ann and Zoë Maree Gilman.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00pm at Santa Cruz Memorial Chapel, 1927 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.


The family has designated Project Purr of Santa Cruz for memorial contributions. Contributions can be mailed to Project Purr, P.O. Box 891, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or made online at

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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Friday, June 7, 2019
Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel
1927 Ocean Street Ext.
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Celebration of Life

Memorial Contributions

Memorial Contributions in Susan's name can be made to Project Purr, Project Purr, P.O. Box 891, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 or visit