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Betty Irene Lawson, 77, of Lebanon, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 8, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Lebanon.

She was born Feb. 12, 1944, in Eagle Grove, Iowa, to Marlin Cornelius and Vera Mae Biereis Akins.

On June 18, 1961, she married Edward Lawson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Billy, Roy and Michael; and three sisters, Rita, Patty, and Judy.

Betty was born and raised in Eagle Grove, Iowa and received her education there. After she and Edward were married, they made their home in the Lebanon area and lovingly raised their children. Betty worked hard at being a good homemaker and also liked to travel with her husband on his long distance runs.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward, of the home; four sons, David Lawson and his wife Angela of Lebanon; Jimmy Lawson of Springfield; Jerry Lawson of Lebanon, and Michael Lawson of the state of Florida; two grandchildren, James Edward and Lindsay JoAnn Lawson; three brothers, Robert D. Akins of Kansas City, Mo.; Frances W. Akins of Lenexa, Kan., and Richard Akins of Statford, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services and burial for Betty Irene Lawson will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Sleeper with the Rev. Mike Allen officiating, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.

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