Obituary

Esther A. Lawson (1921 - 2012)

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Esther A. Lawson, 91, died at home in Flower Mound, Texas, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, after a long struggle with COPD.
Mrs. Lawson was born Sept. 19, 1921, the daughter of Alanson Buck Skinner of New York City and Esther Florence Allen Skinner of Raymore, Mo. Her father was an anthropologist/ethnologist and a prolific author who was affiliated with Columbia University and Harvard University. Mrs. Lawson was born in Milwaukee, Wis., while her father was curator of the Public Museum of the City of Milwaukee.
Mrs. Lawson's mother died in childbirth, her father killed in a car accident when she was four years old, therefore, she lived with her paternal grandparents, Rachel Amelia Sumner Skinner and Frank W. Skinner on Staten Island, N.Y. When her paternal grandparents died, Esther was adopted by and lived with her maternal grandfather, Edgar A. Allen in Raymore, Mo. Upon Mr. Allen's death, she attended and graduated from Barstow School for Girls in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Lawson attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Columbia College for Women, Columbia, South Carolina and MacMurray College, Jacksonville.
Esther was a member of the Wyandotte Indian Nation from her mother's side of the family and was adopted into the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She was extremely proud of her Indian heritage and attended Wyandotte Pow Wow in Wyandotte, Okla.
Mrs. Lawson married H. Dean Lawson of Winchester on March 22, 1942 in Las Lunas, N.M. Mr. Lawson was sent to the Philippines during World War II and Esther Mary moved to his parents' (Tony and Cecil Lawson) farm in rural Winchester. After the war, Mr. Lawson returned to Winchester where they began farming. They moved for a time to Columbia, S.C., where Mr. Lawson attended Opportunity School to finish his high school diploma, and returned to Illinois and farming where they made their home for over 40 years.
After Dean died in 1990, Esther moved to Abingdon, to be close to family. She lived at Blue Bell Towers and maintained an active social life with her many friends. Mrs. Lawson was a member of the Abingdon Congregational Church and is survived by her only child, Janet Carol Lawson Smith (Don) of Flower Mound, Texas; and a grandson, Scott Smith, and a granddaughter, Stephanie Skinner Smith Hassan (Andrew), both of Flower Mound, Texas. Also surviving are three great grandsons, Quinten, Mitchell and Hunter; and one great-granddaughter, Karson. She is sorely missed.
There will be a private service for immediate family members at the Winchester City Cemetery in June 2013 (date TBA at a later time). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Disabled American Veterans online at www.dav.org/donate/Default.aspx or to the online at www.komen.org/donate/donate.html. Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Dec. 15, 2012
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