NEW MARKET, Tenn. - Donna M. Lawton, 72, of 2555 Foster Hollow Road, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly Sunday (April 7, 2013) at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Jefferson.
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Born July 13, 1940, in Buffalo, she was a daughter of George and Florence Roehner Rechin. On Dec. 29, 1979, in Caneadea, N.Y., she married Donald Lawton, who survives.
She was a graduate of Riverside Hillside High School, class of 1958, in Buffalo. She received her nursing degree from Erie County Community College.
Mrs. Lawton was registered nurse working in the Buffalo area at St. Francis Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and in the private offices of Dr. Batt, also of Buffalo. She retired from Roswell Park Cancer Institute where she was an operating rooms nurse for many years.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was devoted to her family during retirement. She liked to bowl, play cards, work in her garden and do embroidery work.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Troy Lawton of Belmont, N.Y.; a daughter, Lisa (Ben) Sweet of New Market; grandchildren Brandynn, Bryanna, Antoinette, Charleigh; a great-grandson, Clifford; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Rechin and Ronald Rechin.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba, N.Y., Friday (April 12, 2013) from 10 a.m. until noon, at which time funeral services will be held. Pastor David Lawton, Mrs. Lawton's bother-in-law, will officiate.
Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Belfast Rescue squad or Belfast Fire Department.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 9, 2013