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Obituary: Dorothy Pauline Lawson, Columbus

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Dorothy Pauline Lawson, age 86, of Columbus, went to be with the Lord at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus, Indiana.

She was a wife, mother, and a homemaker.

Dorothy was of the Baptist faith and joined the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe County, Kentucky, on November 12, 1941, when she was just 14. She enjoyed working in her yard with the flowers, visiting with her family and friends, and watching her gospel singing shows on television.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Vigil Clotfelter officiating. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Online condolences may be sent to Dorothy's family at

Dorothy was born in Oak Grove, Clay County, Tennessee, April 24, 1927, the daughter of Clurie Elvin and Vella C. Proffitt Murray. She married Ben Lawson in Sneedville, Hancock County, Tennessee, December 3, 1945, after first meeting him in Oak Ridge, Anderson County, Tennessee.

Survivors include her sons, Sam D. Lawson and Randy J. (Peggy) Lawson of Columbus and Rick B. (Cathy) Lawson of Shelbyville, Indiana; brothers, Willis Ira Murray, Vanus C. Murray, and Selby Doyle (Sue) Murray of Tompkinsville, Kentucky; sisters, Ruth Marie Hyden and Ella Mae Zamarippa of Columbus, Norma Jean Davis of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, and Reba Maudeen Randall of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Jon Christopher (Cindy) Lawson of Columbus, Paul Joseph Lawson and companion, Shay Fleming, of North Vernon, Indiana, Willow Spring Lawson and husband, Dan Aibel, of Brooklyn, New York, Ben (Jessica) Lawson of Fishers, Indiana, Wanda Ray (Jeremy) Carter of San Antonio, Texas, Tyler James Lawson of Noblesville, Indiana, and Jessica Ann (Greg) Linneweber of Fishers, Indiana; and great-grandchildren, Lucas Lawson and Tatem Rose Lawson of Columbus, Sonja E. Aibel and Max Aibel of Brooklyn, New York, Oceana Carter of San Antonio, Texas, and Shepard G. Linneweber of Fishers, Indiana.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of over 52 years on January 18, 1998; her parents; brothers, Emry Ellis Murray and Delmas Porter Murray; and sisters, Loraine Vivian Goad and Alma Elease McQueen.

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