Hazel L. “Lorry” Lawton

FAIRMONT – Memorial services for Hazel L. “Lorry” Lawton, 94, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Fairmont. A private family inurnment will take place at a later time. Lorry passed away Monday morning, June 17, 2013, at the Lutz Wing of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Thursday at the Lakeview Funeral Home. Hazel “Lorry” Loretta (Harvey) Lawton was born on July 16, 1918, in Mumford, N.Y., the daughter of Harry and Daisy (Ward) Harvey. She graduated from Caledonia High School in 1936. Lorry furthered her education at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., where she earned a B.A. in English and Music Education in 1940. On June 20, 1942, Lorry was united in marriage to the Rev. Norman Lawton in Mumford, N.Y. This union was blessed with a daughter, Mary, and identical twin sons, David and Donald. Her children were the greatest treasure in her life. Lorry spent 45 years in the ministry with Norman. She was an organist, choir director and sang in churches in New York, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. She also taught music and English in the schools where she and Norman lived. Lorry and Norman shared 56 years together before Norman passed away on July 1, 1998. Lorry was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a beautiful singer and still played the organ for church services held at the Lutz Wing. She enjoyed word-search books and most loved being outside in “her” swing at the Lutz Wing with her best friend, Henry the dog. Left to cherish her memory include her sons, Dave Lawton and his wife, Barb of Ledyard, Iowa, and Don Lawton and his wife, Betty of Galesburg, Ill.; six grandchildren, David Lawton, Daniel Lawton, Dennis Lawton, Jerrod Lawton, Darren Plath and Stephanie Strenge; eight great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. Along with her parents, Henry and Daisy Harvey, Lorry was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Norman Lawton; daughter, Mary Dreier and her husband Charley; brothers, Harry Harvey Jr., and John Harvey and his wife, Betty; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Lawton. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net