MOUNT VERNON — Rachel E. Lawson, 95, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon. She was born on August 30, 1922, in Tazewell, Virginia, the daughter of John and Mittie (Gore) DeBoard. Rachel was employed as a nurse aide for several of the local nursing homes.

She is survived by her two sons, Leroy (Marilyn M.) Lawson of Utica and Tommy (Cathy) Lawson of Rochester, New York; a daughter, Betty Gleason of Mansfield; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Glen “Shorty” DeBoard of Mount Vernon; two sisters, Anna Kirby of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Laura White of Centerburg.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Roy Lawson; a son, Danny Lawson; two grandchildren, Randy Lawson and Christopher Gleason; four sisters, Oria McGinnis, Helen Mae Meier, Trivel DeBoard and Minnie Bird; four brothers, Marvin DeBoard, Walter DeBoard, Arthur DeBoard and Fritzhugh DeBoard.

The family will observe a graveside service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Rachel E. Lawson.

Memorial contributions in Rachel’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

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