Louise Lawson 1948 ~ 2023.
Agatha Louise Lawson, age 75, died peacefully October 12, 2023 with her family by her side in the Souris Hospital, after a long 21 year on and off fight with cancer. She was born February 16, 1948, in Boissevain, MB the second child of 5 born to Abe and Hilda Neufeld. According to Grandpa’s memories, if they had not had the incubator Louise might not have made it through the night. Louise and her family moved Souris in 1956 and she started grade 2 in Souris school and they attended St. Paul’s United Church. Her faith was one thing that never wavered and part of that faith was singing in St. Paul’s choir, which she did for over 55 years. In 1968 while singing in the choir she met dad, Bill Lawson. Louise and Bill were married in August of 1971. In August 1974 Ryan was born and in August 1977, Jana arrived and the million dollar family was complete.
Louise received her hair dressing license in 1968 and continued cutting hair for the majority of her life. Later she incorporated her hair dressing into working at the Corner Closet and Country Cuts. Mom loved her time at Corner Closet, meeting people and helping them find the perfect outfits.
Louise loved watching many different sports. It was very rare that she would miss a curling game on TV, the Blue Jays ball games or a Jets hockey game. She rarely missed the local Cardinals ball games or Elks & Cougars hockey games and enjoyed welcoming the teams over to the house after games for some “socializing”.
Mom also loved shopping. It was her number one hobby. She was thoughtful when she was buying gifts for someone and if you ever received a gift from her, it was beautifully wrapped.
Other than her family, nothing meant more to Louise then the community of Souris. She was a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, St. Paul’s UCW, and enjoyed volunteering at the Avalon Theatre in Souris. She also loved her walking group and coffee crew. She was always baking to welcome new families to the neighbourhood.
Louise was predeceased by her parents Abe and Hilda Neufeld, and brother in law Mac Draper.
Louise is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Bill Lawson, Son Ryan (Allison) grandchildren Gillian, Barrett, Jasper, and Willa and daughter Jana. She is also survived by her siblings, Betty Draper, Bob (Alexis) Neufeld, Jeanne (Don) Lewis, and Ed (Janice) Neufeld and their families, step mother Sadie Neufeld, along with many close relatives and friends.
A funeral celebrating Louise’s life was held at St. Paul’s United Church on Wednesday, October 18th with inurnment held in the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to the Souris-Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to the St. Paul’s United Church Memorial Fund Box 899 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice.
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