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Marie Esther Lawson, 86, passed away at the residence of her youngest son in Kent, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Born on Dec. 5, 1930, in Akron, she was the daughter of Louis H. Fromme and Marie A. Fromme. On Aug. 3, 1956, she married William H. Lawson, who died on Nov. 27, 1976.
Marie was a very prolific writer for several local newspapers and contributed to historical periodicals over the years. She also worked for Goodwill Industries as a Rehabilitation Secretary until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of Gateway Church in Ashtabula for the past 28 years, and was involved in numerous ministries and supported many mission trips to Asia and the Caribbean. In addition, she was the founding member of the Rock Creek-Morgan Township Historical Society, and was active in the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival for a number of years.
Marie is being remembered by her family: children, William H. Lawson, Jr. (Judith), NaMarie B. Barnes (Gary-deceased) and Louis D. Lawson, Sr. (Lorie); brother, Joe Fromme; step-brother, David Lacy of Virginia; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, husband and son-in-law.
Funeral services officiated by Rev. Brian Wright Sr. will held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 12 Noon, at Gateway Church, 2300 Austinburg Rd., Ashtabula. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery, Rock Creek. Calling Hours will held prior to the service at the church, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of Lou Lawson, to assist in defraying medical costs. Envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements are being handed by the PAINE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 140 E. Main St., Orwell. Condolences and online guestbook may be made at painefuneralhome.com
Published on March 24, 2017
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