Obituaries: Rosemary Strong Lawson

OTTUMWA – Rosemary Strong Lawson, 97, of Ottumwa, died August 10, 2019 at The Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.

She was born January 2, 1922 in Melrose, IA to Lewis and Eliza Tomlinson Enloe.  She married Darwin Strong January 11, 1941 and preceded her in death November 2, 1977.  She married Jack Lawson December 28, 1979 and he preceded her in death December 26, 1988.

Rosemary worked at Standard Kollsman and Good Samaritan as well as was a caregiver for Mrs. Fahrney.  She was a member of First Church of God.

Surviving are two sons, David (Millie) Strong and Kendall Strong both of Ottumwa; two daughters, Kathy (Bob) Henderson of Brandsville, MO and Cheryl (Terry) Robinson of Duncanville, TX; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Strong; a brother, Jess Enloe; a half-brother, John Ashmore; three sisters, Olive Doud, Helen Doud and Opal Tackett; a half-sister, Clara Stirts.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Stanley Reiley officiating.  Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society -Ottumwa Hospice.