Her Life


Betty Jane Lawton, “Boop,” age 87, died in her home Friday, May 24, after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s.  In the end she was victorious, because death is not Lord, Jesus Christ is Lord, and He took my lovely bride of 48 years home to His Father’s Heavenly Kingdom.  Now she has begun a new eternal life, bought and paid for by Christ Jesus, when He was crucified for all our sins, for the love of each and everyone of us.

Betty is survived by her spouse, her sister Patricia Harris, her son Thomas, her daughters Marsha, Jackie Roman and her husband Dan, 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and Sailor, her beloved four legged critter.

Betty was a former nurse involved in cancer research.  Betty was also a fantastic pianist, who used this skill for 28 years, as well as choir director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Glassboro.  She was also the treasurer of St. Thomas Guild, where there never was a fundraising event that Betty was not involved in.  Betty praised God, not in words, but in action, with her church family and with the hurting, hungry and homeless.  Betty did not talk the talk, she walked the walk.  I heard her use colorful words only when the Eagles lost, or when former President GB came on television.  For me, by the way she lived her life, Betty was truly an earth angel and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

The Celebration of Betty’s life, with Holy Communion, will be held at St. Luke’s Church 37 E. Grant St, Woodstown, NJ 08098 at 2pm Sat., June 8, 2013. All friends of Betty are invited to join in the celebration of this most wonderful child of God.

In memory of Betty and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Family Promise of Gloucester County, 206 Ellis St, Glassboro, NJ 08028.  This is a ministry that serves the hurting, hungry and homeless, just as Christ Jesus has served us.

When people met Betty, they would often say, “Oh, she is so sweet.”  Knowing and loving my wonderful wife a little more each day, all I can add to this comment is, “You better believe it.”

Thank you Father for the best wife in the whole world.