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MARY LAWSON

February 7, 2013
The Times Observer

Mary Magdalene Gorman Lawson, 86, of Concordia of Fox Chapel, Pa. passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mary was born October 6, 1926, in Buffalo NY, the daughter of Arthur M. and Theresa (O'Neil) Gorman. After business training in Buffalo, Mary worked for many years in the accounting department at two clothing stores in Warren, Pa.; Betty Lee and Carnahan's. She will be remembered best as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and as a good friend who was liked and respected by a broad circle of people. Her long and very happy marriage to Calvin Thaddeus "Gus" Lawson began on December 31, 1947 in Buffalo, where they met, and ended when he passed away in September 2001. Shortly after they wed, Mary and Gus moved to Warren, Pa., Gus's hometown. They settled in Russell where they reared their three children and lived for 40 years. In 1996 they moved to Irvine, Pa. and built a home along the Allegheny River. Mary moved to Pittsburgh in 2003 to be near her three children. Mary and Gus were active members of the Warren County Genealogical Society. Their enthusiasm for research into family history led to trips to Salt Lake City, Washington D.C. and Ireland. They were longtime members of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. They also enjoyed golfing together and individually. For many years Mary golfed in the Thursday afternoon Women's League at Jackson Valley Country Club. One of Mary's proudest moments in golf was in 1994 when she was Overall Champion in the Jackson Valley Grandmother's Tournament. In 1973, after surviving breast cancer, Mary became a volunteer in the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program, which sends cancer survivors to offer support and answer nonmedical questions for women recuperating from breast cancer surgery. Her dedication was recognized in 2001 when she was chosen to represent Warren County in the traveling photographic exhibit and tribute entitled "67 Women-67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania." Mary was a lifelong Roman Catholic. While in Warren County, she belonged to St. Joseph, Holy Redeemer, and St. Luke parishes. In Pittsburgh, she belonged to St. Paul Cathedral parish where she was a member of the Ladies of Charity. Mary is survived by three children, Gail Campbell (Bruce) of Denver; Mary Irmscher (Scott) of Pittsburgh, and Daniel C. Lawson (Debbie) of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Bruce Campbell Jr., Erin Framke, Mary Corbett, Robert Irmscher and J. Duncan Lawson, four great grandchildren, Anja and Campbell Framke and Calvin and Dennis Corbett, her sisterinlaw, Patricia Stanton of Warren and two nieces and five nephews. In addition to her husband, two brothers, James F. and John P. Gorman predeceased Mary. The family is grateful for the compassionate care given to Mary at Concordia of Fox Chapel. The funeral on will be on Friday, February 8, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh. There will be a visitation for family and friends in Warren, Pa. on Saturday, February 9 from 11:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. at Peterson Blick Funeral Home, 1003 Pennsylvania Ave. East. Internment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warren.

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