DONNA J. LAWTON - BRIDPORT - Donna J. Lawton, 60, of Bridport, died Monday evening, June 3, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of hospice. She was born on Dec. 23, 1952, in Middlebury, the daughter of the late Donald and Mildred (Phelps) Goodrich. She was a graduate of Middlebury High School, Class of 1971, and Champlain College. In 1979, she married Henry Lawton in Salisbury. She worked as a dispatcher for the Vermont State Police and the Middlebury Police Department. Most recently she worked as an administrative assistant for the Vermont State Police. She also helped her husband operate their family farm, Champlain Acres, in Bridport. She enjoyed gardening and knitting, and she had a love for small animals. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Henry Lawton; sons, Matt Lawton of Bridport, and Mike Lawton and companion, Ashli Latreille, of Bridport; daughter, Kristy Whipple and husband, Rob, of Bridport; grandchildren, Melyssa Lawton, Katherine Erin and Alexis Whipple, and soon to be born, Molly Lawton; brother, Ernie Goodrich and wife, Leann, of Salisbury; and sisters, Debbie Goodrich of Salisbury, and Penny Supernaw and husband, Scott, of Salisbury. She was predeceased by her parents, Donald "Chief" Goodrich and Mildred Goodrich; and infant sister, Roxanne Goodrich. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Nunnick, his wife, Patty, and staff. Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Middlebury Congregational Church at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Gary Lewis officiating. Burial will follow the memorial service in the West Salisbury Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at: www. sandersonfuneralservice. com. Arrangements are under the direction Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home. Donations in Donna's memory may be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Farm Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury VT 05753; or Cancer Patient Support Program, P.O. Box 64700, Burlington, VT 054064700.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 6, 2013