Julianne (Coulson) Lawton, 83, of Fairhaven, passed away unexpectedly, after a brief illness Friday, October 4, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital, in New Bedford. She was the former wife of the late Harold R. Lawton, Jr.
Born in Aspers, PA, daughter of the late Ira H. Coulson and Marion V. (Gardner) Coulson-Duron, she grew up in Biglerville. She was born into a musical family and began singing as a child with the Coulson Family. Her musical involvement continued throughout her time at Biglerville High School where she was a talented athlete and was active in the school newspaper. She graduated from High School in 1953 and settled in Fairhaven in 1957. Julianne was a member of the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven for 59 years where she was a choir member and very active in church activities.
Julianne was active in several area choral groups including the Greater New Bedford Choral Society, St. Anthony's Spirit Choir, and Your Theater Musicals. She was a proud member of the Fairhaven VFW Auxiliary Post 2892.
She was a graduate of Bristol Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing and she also received her Bachelor of Health Science Degree from Northeastern University. She had worked as an RN at various area nursing facilities until her retirement.
She is survived by her children, Harold R. Lawton, III of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Carol L. Lawton of Fairhaven, Virginia R. Motta and her husband Frank of Fairhaven and Jean L. Gaslin and her husband Rob of Lansing, KS; three grandchildren, Rebekah L. Ward and her husband Christopher, Nicholas C. Motta and Taylor C. Motta; two sisters, Merle Milhimes of Hershey, PA and Eleanor Heller of FL; and many nieces and nephews. Ms. Lawton was the sister of the late June Rhoades, Doris Alwine, Clyde Coulson and Howard Jackson Coulson. It would be a grave omission not to note that she never missed a music, theater, sports, or awards event for any of her children or grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.
A Celebration of Julianne's Life will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 10:30am, in the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, 34 Center St., Fairhaven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Julianne's name to the First Congregational Church.
OCT 15. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719
Celebration of Life
OCT 16. 10:30 AM
First Congregational Church of Fairhaven
34 Center Street
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