Daisy M. (Heath) Lawton

April 3, 1936December 3, 2018
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Daisy was born in Jump River, WI to Cecil and Christina Heath (Sorensen). She was the third of six siblings. In 1944 her family moved to Yelm. She graduated from Yelm High in 1954 after marrying classmate, Leonard “Amos” Lawton on September 26, 1953. Soon after marrying, Amos and Daisy purchased the Lawton Family farm (outside of Yelm) where they raised their five children: Geri Lynn (Dee-Dee), Terry, Tim, Christine and Leonard Amos Jr. (Lenny).

Daisy was reborn as a child of God when baptized at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Yelm WA on December 22, 1957 and remained an active member until moving to Adna and joining Peace Lutheran Church, Chehalis in 2002.

Daisy was a tireless homemaker and dedicated mother. She helped Amos with the family dairy farm, while working as her church’s secretary for nearly 15 years. Later, she worked as Treasurer for the City of Yelm for nearly 10 years. Upon retirement, she and Amos moved onto their sons and daughter-in-laws’ dairy farm in Adna.

Daisy’s hallmarks were her strong, quiet faith, her discreet service to others, and her subtle sense of humor. When people asked how she endured the death of two children and/or forty years of rheumatoid arthritis, she would reply, “By the strength of the Lord.” Daisy enjoyed gardening and cooking and made many meals for her son’s wrestling and baseball teams, church members in need, and her grand-daughters - following the births of most of their children.

She is preceded in death by husband of 61 years, Amos, her parents, son Lenny, daughter Geri Lynn, a grandson, daughter in law, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived – and will be greatly missed – by son Terry and daughter-in-law Cathy of Adna, son Timothy and daughter-in-law Cheryl of Rainier, daughter Christine and son-in-law Bill of Chehalis, eight grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, a brother Eddie and his wife Sharon of Olympia, and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2018

Daisy M. (Heath) Lawton

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February 14, 2019

Daisy's Family Received Flowers or Memorial Gifts from:

Eddie and Sharon Heath
Ron and Linda Lawton
Melvin and Myrtle Kinney
Matt Aijala
Paul and Brenda Hartley
Mike and Lana Middendorf
Robert Porsch
Bill and Jennie Dries
George Schafer and Michelle
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Robin (Kinney) Day

February 14, 2019

Daisy was so beautiful inside and out. She will be missed. In His Name

The Family of Laura Rose (Robert Porsch)

February 14, 2019

A very special and loving lady, who will be missed, but very dearly remembered by all of us

Jim and Dixie Eisenmann

February 14, 2019

We were so saddened to hear the news about Daisy. We will miss her. She was a wonderful friend and the maid of honor at my wedding almost 62 years ago. I have many good memories of her and Amos. Now she has graduated to Glory and with with Amos and family. We will be praying for the family during this difficult time.


February 14, 2019

So many memories. In 1958 Al and I started going together and Daisy and I have been friends ever since - 60 years! She was the best one to visit with. She was a happy woman in love with family and God. Love,

Cheryl and Tom Whalen

February 14, 2019

Sorry sorry to hear of the loss of your mom - lovely, sweet Daisy. Your family has meant so much to me over the years. Peace and Comfort.

Mike and Lana Middendorf

February 14, 2019

Daisy now enjoys the presence of Jesus who came at Christmas and will come again to reunite us!

Mel and Myrt Kinney

February 14, 2019

Wish we could have been at the funeral. We love Daisy and are sorry for your loss.

Linda (Halstead) Turner

February 14, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Daisy. Daisy and Amos were such good friend since we lived in Yelm in the 1970's. My condolences to her Terry, Tim, Christine and their families.

Terre Barbin

February 14, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, though am so thankful for our hope, love and everlasting joy in Christ Jesus. Until we meet again to rejoice and celebrate in heaven, rest in peace Miss Daisy.


In Jump River, WI


Daisy had this doll over 50 years, until the Adna flood destroyed it!


First school year in Yelm, WA.


From youngest to oldest: Eddie, Al, Chris, Daisy, Nancy and Leonard.


The photo is titled incorrectly, this is 4th grade.



Daisy M. Lawton was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Daisy was born at home on April 3, 1936 in Jump River, WI. Her parents were Cecil Heath and Christina (Sorenson) Heath. Daisy’s family moved, via train, from Jump River in 1943 – when Daisy was seven. The family first moved to Centralia, WA and soon after moved to Yelm, where her father found carpentry work.

Daisy was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life. She was raised with 5 siblings: Two older, Leonard and Nancy, and three younger, Christina, Al and Eddie. Daisy and her siblings had the typical sibling rivalries while growing up but Daisy was always consistently loyal to her family. Her family camped at Long beach, WA every year – which caused her dislike of camping (too much work, she said) but also created a love for the ocean and provided her with fond family memories. She had particularly fond members of her mother’s cooking and she became an excellent cook herself.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Daisy was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people, Daisy was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. In High School, some of her best friends were: Her cousin, Maxine, Lena (Darlene), Dixie Wallin, Patty Wright, and Delores Weeks. Most of these were life-long friends. Other good friends included Betty Ledbetter and her sister-in-laws Sharon Heath and Linda Lawton.

On September 26, 1953 Daisy exchanged wedding vows with Leonard “Amos” Lawton. The ceremony took place at the Yelm Assembly of God church and the reception was at the Yelm Scout Cabin. Compassionate and devoted to Amos, Daisy held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Amos. They worked together in the garden, on the farm, at church, and greatly enjoyed being with their children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Daisy was a tireless homemaker and dedicated mother. She was a good parent, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before speaking or acting, even when it was an adverse situation. Daisy was also a walking calendar, always remembering dates and times and getting her family where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Daisy and Amos were blessed with five children, Geri-Lynn (Dee-Dee), Terry Lee, Timothy Allen, Christine Marie & Leonard Amos (Lenny). They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Colleen, Jonathon, Brandon, Rachel, Bethany, Carrie and Michael. At the time of Daisy’s passing, she welcomed her 26th great-grand-child.

Daisy was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. This attention to detail were helpful in her work as Secretary at Emanuel Lutheran Church and later as Treasurer for city of Yelm as well as in keeping the books for the family farm.

Daisy and Amos faithfully attended their children’s and later their grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities – particularly their sporting events. Known only by those closest to her, was Daisy’s love for baseball! During baseball season she rarely missed watching a Mariners game on TV and knew all the players and their baseball records. Daisy also enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and church activities. Daisy was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but also enjoyed sharing her interests with others.

Daisy’s hallmarks were her strong, quiet faith, her discreet service to others, and her subtle sense of humor. When people asked how she endured the death of two children and/or forty years of rheumatoid arthritis, she would reply, “By the strength of the Lord.” She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran, Yelm, 1954-2002 and Peace Lutheran, Chehalis, 2002-2018. During the time at Emanuel she was a Sunday school teacher, Council Secretary, Stewardship committee chair, Altar Guild member, and made many a meal to share with a new mother or sick parishioner. At Peace Lutheran she faithfully attended Bible study and the Lutheran Women’s Mission League events, she was Evangelism Committee Chair and baked many a dessert for fellowship hour. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

After retiring Amos and Daisy left Yelm and moved onto their oldest son, Terry’s, farm in Adna. Despite crippling rheumatoid arthritis, she continued to enjoy Church activities at her new church and particularly enjoyed being able to attend her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities as well as enjoyed having them over to her home to play games, color and/or bake together.

In retirement, Daisy enjoyed traveling and vacations with Amos. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Daisy appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Favorite vacations included the Oregon Coast; a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska to visit friends, Tom and Betty Ledbetter; visiting cousins in Branson, Missouri and Davenport, Iowa; visiting her daughter in Philadelphia, San Antonio and St. Louis, and spending winters in Arizona and Southern California with family.

Daisy M. Lawton passed away on December 3, 2018 at home in Chehalis, WA due to pulmonary fibrosis, most likely caused by 35 years of Rheumatoid arthritis. Services were held at Peace Lutheran, Chehalis. Daisy was laid to rest in Mills & Mills Memorial Park, Tumwater, WA.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Daisy M. Lawton. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved and to Christ and His church.