Arlene Rose Lawson
June 10, 1931 – September 19, 2021
Arlene Rose Lawson went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ Sept. 19, 2021, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 90 years old and married to her husband Wayne for 72 years.
Arlene was born in Palmer, Nebraska, June 10, 1931, to William and Agnes Hake. She was preceded in death by a son Doug Lawson, a brother Rodell Hake, her parents William and Agnes Hake and a sister Sybil Hake. Arlene is survived by her husband Wayne; daughters Connie Sanford (Doug) and Cathy Winters; grandchildren Kristi Martinez (Eric), Patrick Lawson, Jason Sanford (Whitney) and Molly Mahon; great-grandchildren Anna Rose Bree Mahon Shelby, Brodie Doty and Sadie Martinez; and sister Jean Howson (Bill).
Arlene’s family all moved to Whitefish, Montana, where she started first grade and graduated in 1948. A year later on July 9, 1949, she married her husband Wayne Lawson. In 1955, they moved to Seattle, Washington, where Wayne worked for Boeing until he retired in 1993. A couple of years later they decided to move to Grant County, Washington. Their first home for nearly 20 years was on 3 acres in Ephrata, where Arlene truly loved her country home with a backyard of fruit and nut trees and flowers everywhere. She found great joy watching and feeding the variety of birds living in their yard. Their second home in Grant County is in Moses Lake.
Arlene was a very devout Christian and loved serving her Lord through vacation Bible school when her children were young and then later leading Bible studies, church committee work and her longtime LWML service. She was a faithful and devoted prayer warrior for others.
Arlene’s love for sewing started at a young age. Her mother was a seamstress by trade and sewed Arlene’s wedding gown. Arlene’s favorite to sew was wedding gowns. She could look at a picture of the gown and sew it without a pattern as she made her own patterns. In addition, she loved sewing clothes for her kids and grandchildren and prom gowns for the girls in high school.
Arlene also had a love for music and singing, which she also learned from her mother. She taught herself to play by ear her mother’s baby grand piano. Arlene continued to play her piano and sing until her arthritic hands prevented it.
Arlene will rest in peace beside her son Doug. She will be missed by family and friends. Her family finds comfort in knowing that she is already in heaven.
A graveside celebration of life for Arlene will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn, Washington, on Sept. 23, 2021. A celebration of life is being planned in Grant County.
Please express your thoughts and memories at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are under the care of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories of Moses Lake, Washington.