Betty Lawson

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Funeral service for Betty J. Lawson, 75, of Norfolk, Nebraska, formerly of Grant, were held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at the Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk with Rev. Terry Buol officiating. 

Betty passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at her residence in Norfolk. 

Betty was born in Stockville, Neb. to Vernon and Ella May (Wills) Worley in 1945. She attended rural school in Stockville and high school at the Agricultural School in Curtis, Neb. 

In 1962, Betty and Tom Lawson were united in marriage in Maywood, Neb. and had two sons, Roger and Kent.

During their stop in Venango, Neb. from 1967-1970, Tom taught and coached while Betty was a homemaker and worked part-time for the Dodson Grocery Store. 

In Weeping Water, Neb. from 1970-1971, she worked as a baby sitter. In a move to Chappell, Neb., she worked for Brauer Meat Packing from 1971-1973. 

The family then moved to Grant, Neb. where she worked for the Grant Tribune Sentinel as a news/sports writer until 1981. 

Betty and family moved to Bellevue in 1981, where she worked as a graphic artist/supervisor for J. P. Cooke Stamps for 26 years before retiring in 2007. They continued to live in the Omaha metro area until 2019. 

Tom and Betty made their final move together in 2019 when they relocated in Norfolk. 

Betty was “Mom” to all the student/athletes that crossed her path over the years, a loving grandmother, great-grandmother and the love of Tom’s life for the 57 years they shared. 

She enjoyed shopping, the Ozarks, being with friends, and most of all, she adored her family. She especially enjoyed family trips and attending all of the families sporting events and activities over the years. 

Surviving family members include: husband, Tom Lawson of Norfolk; brother, Ron Worley, Billings, Mont.; two sons, Roger and wife Darla Lawson, Missouri Valley, Iowa; and Kent and wife Michele Lawson of Norfolk;

Grandsons, Nick Lawson Omaha, Neb.; Lance Lawson, Norfolk, and Tyler Lawson, Elkhorn, Neb.; three granddaughters, Brooke Woeppel and husband Cletus, Norfolk; Chelsea Lawson, Omaha, Sydney Miller and husband Matt, Norfolk; 

Eight step grandchildren, James/Maria Archer, Matthew/April Archer, Jacob/Hannah Archer, and Margaret/Ryan Bushnell; Three great-grandsons, Nathan Burton, Omaha, Kayde Miller, Norfolk, and Kelby Woeppel, Norfolk; 

Great granddaughter Darby Miller, Norfolk; 10 step great-grandchildren, Sidney, Tyler, Paisley, Rayce, Jemma, Arlo, Eleanor, Evelyn, Colton, and Sydnee; In-laws Lew & Connie Shoff, Kearney, Neb.;  Dennis Lawson, League City, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the Midwest.

 She was preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Ella May Worley. 

Memorials are requested to the Nebraska Humane Society or the Arthritis Foundation. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family on-line at 

Stonacek Funeral Chapel of Norfolk in charge of the arrangements. 


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