Betty Lawson


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Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2013, 9:40 pm
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Betty I. Lawson, 77, of Orion, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 9221 148th Ave., Orion. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Orion Lion's Club and Beulah Presbyterian Church. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty was born on July 8, 1935, in Millersburg Township, Mercer County, Ill., the daughter of Bert and Dora Adams Gritton. She married Roy Lawson in a double wedding ceremony with her best friend, husband Roy's sister, Beulah, on Nov. 14, 1953, in Orion. Later Beulah and Betty had boys born on the same day. Roy preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1986.
Betty was the valedictorian of the Orion Class of 1953. She and her husband lived on a farm and house they built outside Coal Valley for 28 years. She then lived in Orion for the last 18 years.
Betty and Roy owned and operated the Roy Lawson Auction Company for more than 14 years. She continued to run the auction business after Roy's death and sold real estate through her own company before moving to Mel Foster in 1988 where she received numerous awards for sales. She retired in 2002.
Throughout her life and prior to her illness, Betty was involved in many organizations. At Beulah Presbyterian Church she served as an elder and deacon. She was a former Sunday school teacher and 4-H leader. She served two terms on the Orion School Board, was Rural Township Supervisor for eight years and an election judge in Rural Township for many years. Betty held positions on the Rock Island County Board of Realtors and was former secretary/treasurer of the IL State Auctioneers Association.
She was a member of numerous clubs including Orion Lions Club, Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, Red Hatter's of Orion, Orion Senior Citizens and the American Business Women's Association. She also belonged to investment clubs at St. Ambrose and Real Money Makers. Betty was a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, a Lions Club Foundation Fellow and a Master Gardner. Betty loved flowers and was devoted to her family. One of the special events in her life was spending the day with future first lady Rosalyn Carter during her visit to the Quad-Cities in 1976.
Survivors include her children, Karen (David) Akers, Orion, David (Lori) Lawson, Norwalk, Iowa, Linda (Joel) Williams, Milan, Scott (Yolonda) Lawson, Chillicothe, Ill.; grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Nichols, Josh (Jacque) Akers, Heath Akers, Danielle Akers, Chris (Stephanie) Lawson, Brad Lawson, Andy Lawson, Molly Williams, Abby Williams, Mathew Lawson, Michelle Lawson; great-grandchildren, Jared Nichols, Grant Akers, Kaleb Akers, Trey Akers; sisters, Mary (Charles) Wigant, Orion, Frances (Arthur) Donart, Thompson; brothers, Ed (Jan) Gritton, Lynn Center, and Robert (Charlotte) Gritton, Sun City West, Ariz.; in-laws, Beulah Sloan, Elmer (Mickey) Lawson, Ed (Faye) Lawson, Sally Godshall; and special friend, Joyce King. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Roy.
Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting www.esterdahl.com.












 



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