OGDENSBURG -- Funeral services for Evangeline J. Lawson will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating.
Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery in the spring.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home.
Evangeline passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by her family.
Evangeline Jane Lawson of Ogdensburg, 101 years young, extraordinary life did not end on March 18, 2017 as it lives on in her children, Susan (Lawson) O’Neil and John Denio, Ogdensburg, Thomas and Susan Lawson, Tupper Lake, and Michael and Barbara Lawson, Longboat Key, Florida; her grandchildren, Jane (Gordie) Akins, Jan (Drew) Johnson, Jennifer (Scott) Walker, Brigid (Bill) Vine, Shannon (Bob) Jordan, Erin (Doug McKnight) Woods, Katie (Kris) Jordan, Michael (Julianne Earl) O’Neil Jr., Sarah (Rick) Jacobs, Ruth (David) Doyle, Thomas Lawson, III., Jill (Sam) Planty, and Jennifer Lawson-Thorne; and her forty-six great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews.
Her warmth, wisdom, one liners, and endless love for her family and friends was an inspiration and a role model to all.
Evangeline was born at home on December 24, 1915 in Ogdensburg, the daughter of Edgar and Blanche Valley Boyer.
She is survived by her brothers, Bernard (Agnes) Boyer and Larry (Peggy) Boyer; and sisters-in-law, Helen (Honey) Boyer and Judy Boyer.
She was predeceased by her parents; her siblings, Jerry and Paul Boyer, Eleanor Letham, Alice Cordwell, Anne St. Andrews, and Harriet Boyer; and great grandchildren, Duncan Planty and Frehley Jordan.
She graduated as a Registered Nurse from A. Barton Hepburn Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1939.
She married Thomas C. Lawson on September 15, 1941.
She worked as a private duty nurse until she was 76 years old and was a proud member of the A. Barton Hepburn Hospital Alumni.
The family matriarch, Evangeline, was known to many as “Lynne” and loved by others as “Nana.” She was vivacious, intelligent, and articulate. She was a constant force, a blessing, and a dynamo until her last day. As a devout catholic, she loved attending mass and her daily rosary.
Donations may be made in Evangeline’s memory to the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation, 125 New York Avenue, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.