OBITUARY

Marsha Jean Lawson

July 13, 1950October 10, 2020
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Marsha Jean Lawson, 70, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 in hospice care at her home after a brief hospitalization. She was surrounded by her daughter and son with her sister and brother on the phone as she passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior. The cause of her death was lung cancer.

Marsha was born on July 13, 1950 in Lafayette, Indiana to Lucille and Kenneth Lawson. Marsha was a 1968 graduate of Star City (Indiana) high school and attended Purdue and Ball State. She spent most of her formative years on a Pulaski County farm. She lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 28 years before moving to Phoenix in 2002.

Marsha worked in real estate for most of her career—as an agent, office support and in corporate relocations. She was employed by Jaqua Realtors in Kalamazoo and Prudential Relocation—initially in Kalamazoo before her transfer to Phoenix.

Marsha reveled in simply spending time with friends and family. She had such a warm heart, hearty laugh, was a good listener and adept conversationalist that always lifted the spirits of those in her presence.

Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer (Bill) Tohtz of Chesterton, Indiana, and one son, Andrew Compton of Phoenix; three grandchildren: Kayla, Karli and Liam. One sister, Janice (John) Dilts of Winamac, Indiana, and one brother, Michael Lawson (Audrey Hallett) of Washington, DC. Marsha has many nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews; she loved them all dearly.

Marsha was preceded in death by her parents, Olive Lucille (Gross) and Kenneth Dale Lawson and her long-time partner, Jim Shirah.

Memorial services will be held in Indiana in early- to mid-November at location to be determined.

Burial will take place in the Hughes Cemetery near Monticello, Indiana next to her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or you can plant a tree in memory of Marsha.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Reception

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Alex Stark

October 21, 2020

I worked with Marsha at Prudential. She was always so cheerful and had a laugh one could hear the entire floor.

So sorry for your loss. You will see her again.

Karen Hardwick

October 16, 2020

While I only knew you for a short time, Marsha, we sure made some great memories!

RONELLE WHEELER

October 15, 2020

Marsha was the most loving, wonderful friend, I feel so blessed to have had her in my life.

So many special memories will always be close to my heart.

We met at Prudential with Bev Green Kearsley & all became good friends, we had overnight girls slumber parties,
went on girl trips, our last trip in the picture was in Sedona, loved our time together.

I will miss my special friend, but never forget, we never hung up the phone without saying I love you girlfriend.

Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again.
Love you, Ronelle

Michelle Nicoll-Williams

October 14, 2020

Marsha Marsha Marsha.... I will miss saying your name that way, you always smiled from ear to ear when I did. I’m so blessed to have been able to spend a Christmas in AZ at your place a few years back with Jenn, Liam & Karli... Thank you for the toothbrush :) and thank you for our last Salsa dance! My heart breaks for your family, but I know you’ll watch over them. Rest In Peace , Marsha Marsha Marsha xoxo

Judy Bonnell

October 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and are prayers are with you and family. Marsha was always a beautiful and kind lady. May she rest in peace in God's love.

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Our ‘goodbyes’ to Carrie, before she moved to FL.

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Annual Christmas gatherings were the best!!!

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Happy Birthday to Marsha n Sherry!!!! I will miss our birthday lunches!

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Our ‘goodbyes’ to Carrie, before she moved to FL.

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Annual Christmas gatherings were the best!!!

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Happy Birthday to Marsha n Sherry!!!! I will miss our birthday lunches!

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Watch me!!!!!

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Cheers!!!!❤️

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Silly moments!!! Soooo many to remember ❤️

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A VERY happy hostess!!! She looooved preparing for our Christmas brunch at her home❤️

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Marsha and Carrie Almond ❤️

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