Donna Lawson

Donna Lee Lawson (Kappel)

Tuesday, November 4th, 1930 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Donna Lee Lawson, longtime resident of Abilene passed away at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, KS on Thursday, October 29th, 2020.

She was born November 4, 1930 in the Barnes Community, the daughter of Elsie A. (Wilkinson) and George M. Kappel. They moved to Clay Center in 1939, where she spent most of her early childhood years. In 1942 her family moved to Abilene. She attended local schools and graduated from Abilene High School with the class of 1946.

On June 11, 1949 she married Samuel L. Lawson. All their married life was spent traveling and following his military career. After his death in 1978 she was employed by the Dickinson County Clerk’s Office, retiring after 27 years of service. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Abilene.

They say a life filled with love is a life well lived. She lived quietly and loved beyond measure. What an example she has left for all those whose lives she touched.

Survivors include two daughters Nancy Ehrich of Abilene and Anne Lawson of El Dorado KS, a son Eugene Lawson and his wife Ann of Manhattan KS, six grandchildren Aaron (Jody) Ehrich, Abilene KS, Kristin (Cory) Birdsong, Kansas City MO, Samuel (Michelle) Lawson, Auburn KS, Candy (Brad) Good, Council Grove KS, Amy (Tony) Lewis, Manhattan KS, Kayla (Ben) Maldonado, Manhattan KS and fifteen great grandchildren Colton, McKenna & Zander Ehrich, Brynn, Grady & Moxie Grace Birdsong, Kenzie & Peyton Lawson, James Nixon, Abbi & Maggie Good, Hailee Lewis, Julian, Tennyson & Leela Maldonado. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Norman Kappel, and a sister Joyce Hall.

Graveside services celebrating Donna’s life on what would have been her 90th birthday will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Abilene Cemetery with Pastor Brad Good officiating. The family suggests memorials be given to Hospice of Dickinson County. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Abilene Cemetery
    502 nW 21st St.
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Interment

    Abilene Cemetery
    14th Street
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Rhonda Sellers

Posted at 05:19pm
I loved them so much. I had the pleasure of taking care of her at Abilene Place. She always made me laugh,had the prettiest smile to light up any room. She was kind hearted and my goodness did she have the recipes. My condolences to the family. I am sure she will be greatly missed.

Julie Kappel

Posted at 06:32pm
Every memory I have of my Aunt Donna includes her sweet smile and loving ways. How fortunate I am to have had such a woman in my life and as a role model, I’ll be forever grateful for that. The comfort I have is in knowing her loving spirit will remain in her family, keeping her alive in our hearts.

It is said that we pass twice; first when our body leaves this world, the second is the last time someone speaks our name. I speak her brother’s name as often as I possibly can, I know you will continue the tradition.

Much love to you all,


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