She was born in Cadiz, on March 27, 1905, to John Sumner Lawrence and Edith Ragan Bingham Lawrence. John Lawrence, with his two brothers Henry and George, were part owners of the Cadiz Record, which was formerly owned by Judge George B. Bingham.
At John Lawrence’s death, his wife Edith bought out the remaining owners and became the sole owner and editor of the paper for 20 years.
Charlotte attended the public schools of Cadiz and also the University of Missouri. She was a political reporter and editorial writer for the daily newspaper News Democrat (now The Paducah Sun) in Paducah, after moving there in June 1921. While still a young woman, she lived for a while in New York City, where she worked in the Public Library. She then got a job as a private tutor on a cattle ranch near Las Vegas, New Mexico.
In 1929, she married Henry Abbett Pulliam of Paducah. They lived in East Orange, NJ, before moving to Schenectady, NY, in 1931, when her husband became the Executive Director of the Schenectady Bureau of Municipal Research. In 1940, after the birth of five of her seven children, the family moved to an 18th century Dutch tenant farmhouse on Bozenkill Road near Altamont, NY, which became known as “Bozenbrow.” There, as the mother of seven children, she used her spare time to go to country auctions and buy broken-down antique furniture, which she diligently restored. She also became interested in and began collecting Dutch Delft and Chinese export porcelain.
After the death of her husband, Henry, in 1952, she moved to Albany to live.
She is survived by her seven children, S. Brown Pulliam of Bedford, MA, Joyce (Pulliam) Wallace of Mission, TX, Todd Pulliam of Jamaica Plains, MA, Vall Pulliam of Altamont, NY, Verity (Pulliam) Parris of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Faith (Pulliam) Fogarty of Seattle, WA, and Darcy Pulliam of New York City, their spouses, Lois (Flege) Pulliam, Frank X. Wallace, Linda (Rivette) Pulliam and Judy (Ellis) Pulliam, 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
A party to celebrate and long and interesting life will be held in Altamont, NY, on September 24, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Charlotte’s memory to the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210, or to any chapter of Planned Parenthood.