Mary Juanita Highsmith Lawson Ewing, lovingly known as "Other-Mama", age 90, of Gainesville passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Mrs. Ewing was born on Feb. 24, 1924, in Clermont, Ga., to the late Marvin Willis David Highsmith and Lou Belle Waters Highsmith. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Henry Lee Lawson Sr.; her brothers, John Wendall Highsmith and Nevel Lee Highsmith; and her sister, Helen Lawson.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Bartow Ewing; her daughter, Barbara Ann Lawson Ross of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Harry and Betty Lawson Gurganus; daughter, Anita Kay Lawson; son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Lisa Lawson, all of Gainesville; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Steve and Susan Ewing, of Hampton, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several special nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ewing was devoted to her family and her Lord. She was a charter member of Lakewood Baptist Church where for many years she cooked Wednesday night supper. Mrs. Ewing also served as cafeteria manager at Gainesville High School for 21 years. It filled her heart with joy to have a house full of family and friends and a table full of food she had prepared with love.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Baptist Church with the burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Dr. Tom Smiley, the Rev. Jerry Gill and the Rev. Don Ormsbee will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Little & Davenport Funeral Home. Mrs. Ewing will lie in state at the church from noon until the funeral hour on Friday.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Lakewood Baptist Church Building Fund, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.