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Dorothy Eileen Walsh Lawson

d. January 27, 2021

Dorothy Eileen Walsh Lawson, age 101, of Springfield, formerly of Athens, died on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Surviving are her daughter, Marcia (Guy) Kolb of Woodbridge, VA; daughter-in-law, Pat Lawson of Decatur; grandsons, Greg (Suzie) Lawson and Andy (Emily) Lawson, both of Oreana; great-grandchildren, Landon, Brady and Rylan Lawson and Noah, Kaden and Rory Lawson; and several nieces and nephews

Mrs Lawson was born June 1, 1919 in Cantrall, daughter of John and Sadie Lloyd Walsh.  She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Lawson, on June 20, 1943 in St Charles, MO.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Lawson in 2009; son, Gary Lawson in 2013; brother, Robert “Pie” Walsh; and sisters, Gwen Grieme, Sarah Freeman and Mary Pagel Vasulis.

She graduated from Athens High School in 1937.  She later graduated from Memorial (formerly Springfield) Hospital School of Nursing in 1945 and worked as a Registered Nurse, retiring from St John’s Hospital in 1984.  She was a member of First Christian Church in Springfield.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will be no funeral service at this time.  Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. Marcia, So sorry to read of your mother’s passing. Your mom and dad were so good to Jay and I. I will always remember your mom getting me a mustard seed necklace for my 9th birthday. When we went to Sears, we would always go downstairs and see your dad. They would always have a smile and warm greeting when we saw them at church. My mom is 94 and still living on her own. She did stop driving and wearing high heel shoes. I hope you are doing well. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda

  2. I will always have such wonder memories of Dorothy and my mother Merry, at “their table” at Montvale. The easy going talk and civility. The care and concern if one of their table mates didn’t make it down for a meal. I know that she will be missed. May her memory be a blessing.

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