Connie Sue (Love) Lawson, born Oct. 23, 1935, Stella, to Clovis and Christine (Green) Love, died on Feb. 23, 2012 at her home in Vallejo, Calif.
In 1939, she came with her parents to Vallejo, where her father worked on Mare Island Naval Shipyard. She was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), and held several offices in both organizations she also belonged to the American Canyon Red Hat Society and the House of Gordon Scottish Clan Society.
She white water rafted for 21 years on numerous rivers in California, Oregon and Nevada, the highlight being eight days rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Ariz. She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, but her favorite travels were in the United States. Forty years of her life was devoted to researching her Scots-Irish ancestors, tracing many back to the 15th century and she belonged to several genealogical societies in the United States. She loved history and was concerned about preserving American history. She was a member of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Foundation, National Civil War Preservation Trust Association, Wilson’s Creek Missouri Battlefield Association and the Newtonia Missouri Battlefield Association.
When she was 50, she earned two associate of arts degrees at Solano Community College, Suisun, Calif.
In 1998, she retired with 22 years of service with the Vallejo Unified School District.
Two infant sons, Bradley and Grant Lawson preceded her in death and a son, Matthew Lawson died in November 2010.
Survivors include a daughter, Amy (Curtis) Lafferty; and four children, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Adrianna and Brenda Lafferty, all of Vallejo; a granddaughter, Julia Vernon-Lawson, Baton Rouge, La.; and a brother, Kent Love, Vallejo.
A graveside service is planned at Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to: Hazelgreen Cemetery Foundation, Attn: Chester Bryant, treasurer, 20725 Highway HH, Neosho, 64850.
Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo.