Dolores Lawson, 103

Dolores May (Gault) Lawson passed peacefully from this earth on May 3, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Her 103 years, seven months and 14 days were an example of will, determination, and faith in a loving God. Her formula for a long life and keeping a sharp mind was simple. “Keep busy and stay on your feet.”

Dolores was born Sept. 19, 1913, to William Abraham and Ethyl Amber (Brubaker) Gault on a farm at the edge of Peterson a small village one mile south of Preble, in Adams County. She was the third of nine children. All her siblings preceded her in death. 

She moved with her family first to Marion and then to Wabash, in 1920. It was there she grew up, married on Christmas Eve 1932, and was blessed with the birth of her first son, Jackie Lee, Sept. 26, 1934.

In 1938 Jackie contracted a form of Meningitis and despite predictions, made a full recovery. For a brief time life was full of hope and promise, but within months Jackie was paralyzed again, this time a victim of Polio. He lost his battle mid-winter 1940.

Dolores later had two more sons, but her marriage disintegrated. At the beginning of August 1951 she and her two young sons moved from Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Wabash. There she cared for her aging parents, raised two sons, and was employed at Honeywell, Inc. for 25 years. A workplace injury forced her retirement and she moved to Fort Wayne to be close to family.

Strong willed, Dolores stepped forward to be baptized at the age of nine in the Wabash Church of the Brethren where she was a life-long member. Her unwavering faith and belief were her anchors and combined with an indomitable will and determination she was always ready to meet any challenge life placed in her path. On the rare occasions she felt ill, she shrugged her shoulders and said, “I don’t have time for this.”

She taught her sons to meet life’s challenges with persistence, determination, and with faith one could move mountains. On a limited income she lived a life of style and grace, and saw both her sons graduate from college and receive advanced degrees.

In her long retirement she enjoyed cooking and baking. She loved to plant a flower garden and grow houseplants. She read the Bible multiple times and enjoyed reading other spiritual literature. Late in life she read the morning newspaper and enjoyed quizzing her family about what she had read. Most of all she enjoyed caring for and spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She loved children and wanted to be a teacher until events and the Great Depression took her life in a different direction.

Surviving are sons, Larry J. (Marcia), Indianapolis, and Jerry M. (Marsi), Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, David (Adrienne), Indianapolis, Eric, Fort Wayne, Kurt, Santa Monica, Calif., and Jennifer Lawson Williams (Justin), Nashville, Tenn., and one great-granddaughter, Leela Ame’lie Williams.

A memorial service will be at noon Monday, May 15, 2017, at D.O. McComb and Sons – Foster Park, 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne with calling 1 hour prior.

Private burial will be in Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery, Ogan Cemetery Section, Somerset.

Memorials to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Visiting Nurse Hospice preferred in lieu of flowers.



Posted on 2017 May 11