Shirley Jean (Walters) Lawson
Shirley Jean (Walters) Lawson of Gresham, Oregon was born on July 29, 1934 in Portland, Oregon to Dick and Marie Walters. She was married to William Lawson for 62 years, her death falling just one day shy of their anniversary.
As a resident of Sandy, Oregon, Shirley was active with Cub Scouts, Silver Threads, Mt. Hood Hospice and the Sandy Profile. She was a founding member of The Sandy Community Players, which still operates today, 40 years later, as the Sandy Actor's Theater. Upon moving to Gresham, Oregon, Shirley and Bill were members of the Gresham Little Theater where they performed in numerous plays and musicals. Shirley was also active with the Church of Religious Science in Portland, OR.
Shirley died on June 18 in her 83rd year at Regency Gresham of cancer-related causes. In the days leading up to her passing, she was surrounded by the love, laughter and tears of her family. She is survived by her husband, William Lawson of Gresham, daughter Sheryl Jackson and son in-law Alan Jackson of Gresham, son Rick Lawson and daughter in-law Karen Lawson of Tigard, and son Robert Lawson of Seattle, as well as grandchildren David Fuhrer, Eric Fuhrer, Corina Todea, Christian Lawson, Kevin McAllister and Nicole McAllister, Stephanie Fuhrer and great-grandchildren Ben Jones, Matthew Stiles and Cadence Stiles.
Funeral services will be held at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant Street on Tuesday, June 27 at 10:30 AM. A viewing will be held prior to the service starting at 9:00 AM. Private burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham will be followed by a celebration of Shirley's life in the Chinook Room at Courtyard Fountains, 1545 SE 223rd Ave., Gresham, OR beginning at 12:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Cannabis for the Cure;