Margaret (Bradbury) Lawler was born January 18, 1923 in Nottingham, England to Percy and Millie (Packer) Bradbury. She attended Forest Fields and Scotholme Schools for Girls in Nottingham. She was employed as a clerk/typist by Blower Brothers and Bairswear Ltd. During World War II she was employed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company.
On October 27, 1944 she was united in marriage with 1st Lt. Murray Lawler of Temvik, ND, USA at the Mansfield Road Baptist Church, Nottingham, England.
In 1946 Margaret came to the United States of America on the SS Bridgeport, a hospital ship that was given to the USA as reparations from Germany after World War I. Margaret left Nottingham with many other war brides. The first stop was at an army base in Tidworth, Hampshire for the physical exam and to see if her papers were in order. It was to be an overnight stay but she remained there 7 days. She eventually went by train to Southampton, England and boarded the SS Bridgeport. It was a small ship and because of storms in the north Atlantic Ocean, it went south then back up to New York Harbor, arriving there February 22, 1946 after being at sea for 13 days. A three-day train ride brought Margaret to Bismarck, North Dakota on a cold snowy night. After spending the night in Bismarck with friends, Margaret and Murray made their way to his parent's farm in Emmons County, ND. Margaret and Murray lived with his parents, where Margaret learned to be a farmer's wife. She was always grateful to her mother-in-law Regenia for being a wonderful help and teacher.
In 1948, Margaret and Murray established a farm in a pasture at the south end of the Horsehead Valley in Emmons County. Together they created a beautiful farmstead, which won many local and state conservation awards. She learned to milk cows, drive a car and run a tractor. They raised chickens and delivered approximately 3000 eggs per week to various businesses for 20 years, except during the blizzard of 1966. She was proud to be a farmer's wife, given that she came from the big city.
Margaret became a United States citizen on August 15, 1950. She was baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church by Elder Sherbondy in 1956.
Murray and Margaret remained on the farm until 2003. After Murray's illness and death, she moved to Mandan ND. In 2009 she moved to Boise, Idaho where she remained until her death.
She leaves to mourn the following children: Jerome Murray (Martha) Lawler of Grand Rapids, MN, Ralph Harrison Lawler of Linton, ND, Kay Jean Yochim of Berrien Center, MI, Frank Harvey (Kathy) Lawler, Edmond, OK, Frances Margaret (Lawrence) Rogien of Meridian, ID, James Douglas (Sharon) Lawler of Mandan, ND, Alan John Lawler of Mandan, ND, Helen Ann (Lindell) Timothy of Meridian, ID and William Terrence (Hazel) Lawler of Kuna, ID. In addition, she leaves 24 grandchildren and many great- grandchildren and as well as some great-great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Millie; her husband, Murray, her brother, Douglas, and her sister, Doris.
She went to sleep on Sunday January 15, 2017 to await the call of her Saviour.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND.
Services will be held Thursday January 26, 2017 at 10:30 CST at the Mandan Seventh- Day Adventist Church, 4500 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND. Interment will follow at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to REACH International at PO Box 187 Spencerville, MD 20868 in Margaret's memory.