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Karen Jean Lawson

November 12, 1943 — September 1, 2023

Karen Jean Lawson, 79, wife of 52 years to Ronald Paul Lawson, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 1, 2023 as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of the Lord Jesus. Born in Bethesda, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Julius Abraham Voget and Bertha Slonaker Voget. Her mother helped her pray to receive the Lord as her Savior as a young girl.

Karen received her BA in Education from Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA) and began teaching with Los Angeles City Schools. She was a gifted educator who continued teaching in early childhood settings for 40 years.

She and Ron were married in 1970 and shared a joyful married life in Los Angeles, Baltimore/DC, Boston, Phoenix, and Athens.

Karen dedicated her life in faithful service to Christ and the Church – pouring out through children’s services, summer camps, college student Bible studies, hospitality, gardening, cooking, and opening their home for various gatherings.  She loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and extended family.

We rejoice that she is resting with Lord whom she loved and served. We treasure her as a pattern of one who loved the Lord in all things.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include three children: Laura (Brad) Langford of Watkinsville, GA, Aaron (Elisabeth) Lawson of Irmo, SC, Lynee (Micah) Boswell of Conway, AR; siblings; JoAnne (Dan) McCarrell of Mankato, MN, Elizabeth (William) Lawson of Storrs, CT, Jon (Kim) Voget of Avila Beach, CA and Terri Voget of Newington, CT and seven grandchildren: Ashley, Aaron, Susanna, Lydia, Charlotte, Apphia and George.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 2:30 pm at The Church In Athens, located at 249 Waddell St, Athens GA. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park.

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In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bibles For America Bibles for America .

Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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