Margaret Agnes Laurence
a zealous advocate
Margaret “Peg” Agnes, 63, lawyer, mentor, teacher, philanthropist, lover of golf, sailing and many sports, civil libertarian, businesswoman, devoted and beloved wife, aunt, sister, dear friend to many, passed away peacefully March 2, 2012.
Peg was a tenacious fighter and a zealous advocate. She was deeply involved in numerous community activities, ranging a broad spectrum from the arts, theater, the disenfranchised and victims of all forms of discrimination and abuse. Her vision, leadership, compassion and generosity created change that improved the quality of lives throughout the Rhode Island community.
Peg served on the boards of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Perspectives Corporation, Ocean State Theatre Company, The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and was active with DayOne, the Rhode Island affiliate of the ACLU, the Rhode Island Bar Association, Rhode Island Legal Services, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA of Rhode Island, Marriage Equality of Rhode Island, Planned Parenthood and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders of Boston.
Peg was truly a renaissance woman. After graduating from URI, she worked for RI Blue Cross and Lever Brothers, then returned to school and graduated summa cum laude from Rhode Island College, with a master’s degree in counseling education. In 1982 Peg received a juris doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the UNH Law School). For 29 years, Peg and her partner in life and law, Lise M. Iwon, operated Laurence & Iwon, Attorneys at Law, with world headquarters in Wakefield.
Lise was her soul mate and the love of her life. They met in law school in 1980 and it was love at first sight. Together, their dynamic, loving relationship impacted so many.
In addition to her partner of 32 years, she is survived by her siblings, Robert Laurence and his wife, Joyce, Clare Dunn and her husband, Laurence, William Laurence and his wife, Judith, and Thomas Henry. In-laws include Dana Iwon, Michael Iwon and Toby Prioletta; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews; dear friends Jane W. A. Barrett, Kathleen Ellis, Margaret Mary Langhammer, Mary Bouvier and Kate Cassin, M.D., as well as countless others. Peg is also survived by the “Queen of England,” Martina Navratilova, Ellen Degeneres and Nelson Mandela.
There will be a celebration of Peg’s life at the Atlantic Beach Club, Middletown, March 6 at 2 p.m. Friends and colleagues are welcome to bring a favorite Margaret Agnes story to share.
Donations in Peg’s memory may be made to any of the organizations she supported. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home of Wickford. For online messages of condolence visit www.cranstonmurphy.com.