Date of Death: July 3, 2020

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Heather McDougall officiating.


Obituary Notice

Barbara Joan Lawson, age 88, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Heartland Health Care Center. She was born on December 15, 1931 in Three Rivers, MI. the daughter of the late Raymond and Helen (Burrow) Watkins.

Barb has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church and sang in the choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Barb worked in the equalization department of the St. Joseph County Courthouse for 34 years. Barb was a life-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 210 where she served as secretary for 31 years and for the Worthy Grand Matron for one year during her tenure. Barb loved to sing in the Kalamazoo chapter of the Sweet Adelines. Barb truly loved her family and spending time with them and countless friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her loving husband Millard and one brother and one sister.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Julie Lawson, Douglas (Gwen) Lawson, and Sandra (Patrick) Bucher; six beloved grandchildren, Ruth (Kevin) Roberts, Patrick Bucher Jr., Sandra Lago, Elijah (Candace) Lawson, Christopher (Candy) Lawson, Ryan (Erin) Bucher. Fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Additional Information

Memorials may be donated to the First United Methodist Church or the Order of the Eastern Star. Envelopes available at the church.

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  1. Dearest Lawson Family , so sorry to hear about your mom . My heart is saddened by this news. Knowing that she is back in the arms of your dad helps the hurt somewhat . My thoughts and prayers are with you all 😇🙏🏻💕

  2. Julie and Sandy I’m so sorry for your loss,Barb was 1 of kind. I’m thinking of you both. My deepest sympathy to you both. Alicia Edson

  3. Julie and Sandy I am so sorry. Your mom was one special lady.
    If I was working she always cheered me up. I can’t say enough about her spirit, love and devotion.
    I will miss her.
    Love to you both

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