Velma Ree Lawton, 83, formerly of Bethalto, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at her home in Scottville.
She was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Maurice S. and Dolly Ree (Stone) Magee Sr.
She married Eugene H. Lawton on April 7, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. He survives.
Velma leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment and a tremendous heritage for her family. She was a dedicated Christian and most recently has been a member of Bethalto Cornerstone Assembly of God. Her entire family deeply loved her and are profoundly feeling the loss of this woman who was such a strong and godly spiritual leader.
Velma graduated eighth-grade Madison County salutatorian 1945; was the valedictorian from Roxana High School for the senior class 1949; she then attended Shurtleff College and later graduated with a master’s degree from SIUE. She was a teacher with the Bethalto School District for 30 years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Michael Lawton (Nelma), Rebecca Mathews (Rodney) of Alton, Patrick Lawton (Kathy) of Scottville, and Steven Lawton (Pien) of Sparta, and Melissa Brenner (Keith) of Eureka, Mo.; six grandchildren, Rodney Mathews, Tonya Mathews, Ryan Lawton (Anita), Rachael Ruckman (Greg), Michael Brenner and Joshua Grant; five great-grandchildren, Karlie Mathews, Cody Mugge, Brenden Mugge, Logan Lawton, Isaac Ruckman, two great-great-grandchildren, Christopher Clark and Olivia Clark; a sister, Dr. Carolyn Kuddiss of Glendale; and beloved nieces and nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Tamara Grant; a daughter-in-law, Kimberly (Harris) Lawton; a grandson, Jason Mathews; and two brothers, Maurice S. Magee Jr. and Larry Magee.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Pastor Jason Pierce from Cornerstone Assembly of God officiating.
Burial will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Assembly of God Church Building Fund.
Online condolence and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.