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Lawrence Andrus

August 16, 1933 — July 18, 2016

On July 18, 2016 LAWRENCE RAY ANDRUS 82 of Roswell was reunited in heaven with his bride of 61 years, Betty Andrus.

While Alzheimer's took his mind it never took his spirit, sense of humor, smile or his orneriness! An old cowboy to the end with his grace and bravery. He loved to tell his old stories about growing up in Hagerman and living on the Caprock
Ranch; his years at the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating the last year it was a four-year college; serving the United States in the Army; bookkeeping and managing several businesses. And then there was Tastee-Freeze!

He loved nurturing the young and took great pride as a Scout Master as many of the young men made it to Eagle Scout.

He was also a proud Rainbow Dad of Zia Assembly #49 for over 15 years; always involved with the choral departments at both Roswell and Goddard High Schools. He didn't stop there, becoming a substitute teacher at Washington Ave. Elementary during retirement for his granddaughter and all the other kids who learned from him.

And finally, his rocks, much to the chagrin of his wife. Go Chaparral Rock Hounds!

He is proceeded in death by his wife Betty Whitfield Andrus. Brothers Jess Medlin and Cork Andrus/Wanna B Andrus. Sister Lil Conley/Bob Conley. Brother-in-law Dr. Charles Whitfield. Parents James Perry Andrus and Eula ‘Jack' Holden Andrus and one great granddaughter Isabella Andrus.

Those left to carry on his stories are his Sister Billie Jean Goff, Sister-in-law Dr. Edie Whitfield. Daughter Betsy Winfrey and her husband Mike. Daughter Beth Andrus and Ron Devenport. Son Jim Andrus and wife Lori. Ten grandchildren and 8 ½ great grandchildren.

His last months were filled with such love and joy with his caregivers which he jokingly called his ‘Harem.' Thank you Brandi, Caitlyn, Angela, Eva, Jordon, Wendy, June and Gentiva Hospice.

There will be a come and go Celebration of Life on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm at his home. Funeral services to be announced.

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