Della Corrine (Hull) Lawrence, age 85, of Newton, and formerly of Guymon, Okla., and Matfield Green, left this world for her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Newton. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, with the Rev. Billie Blair officiating. Burial will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery. She was born Nov. 3, 1927, to Horace Leslie Hull and Bernice Irene (Watchous) Hull in rural Chase County. Upon graduating from Matfield Green High School, with the class of 1945, she went to work as a telegrapher for the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railroad. She married Robert E. Lawrence on April 6, 1947, in her parents’ home in Matfield Green. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to his death on Aug. 5, 2007. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. They both had a love for animals, and through the years many stray dogs and cats were blessed with their compassionate care. She was a member of the Straight Christian Church in rural Guymon, Okla., and attended Matfield Community Church prior to moving to Newton in 2007. Newton Christian Church was her church family at the time of her death. She is survived by two daughters, Terri Lawrence of Wichita and Sherri Funk of Newton; a granddaughter, Stacy Thomas; a great-grandson, Vance Thomas of Newton; and a brother, Dale and his wife, Ginger Hull of El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Roger L. Funk; a brother, Delmar Hull; and a sister, Mary L. Danby. The family met friends Monday, Nov. 19, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorials have been established with the Matfield Community Church and Lifeline Animal Place and Protection at 310 W. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS 67204. Messages to the family may be left at