NATURAL BRIDGE- Karen E. Lawton, of the Avery Road died early Wednesday evening at her residence. She was born on April 22, 1945 in Watertown, New York to Leo and Erma McKeever. She graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 1963. She worked on the Assembly line for Northland Electric in Watertown for over 30 years.
Previous marriage to Charles Pettey on September 23, 1967 the marriage ended in divorce.She married Roger C. Lawton on August 16, 1997 at the Natural Bridge United Methodist Church. They both were custodians for the Natural Bridge United Methodist Church. They were members of the Black River Valley Fiddlers, they had a passion for music. She worked many spaghetti dinners for the church and she was extremely active in the church.
She is survived by a son, Charles Pettey, Watertown; and a daughter, Maryann Thompson, Natural Bridge; a step-son, Roger C. Jr. and his wife Victoria, Natural Bridge; two step- daughters, Kellie Bailey, Carthage; Kendra and her husband David Scott, Kentucky; a sister, Katherine Buchal, Watertown; three sister in-laws, Geraldine Lawton George, Carthage; Sandra Lawton, Carthage, and Lillian and Gary Fayette, Harrisville; two brother –in-laws, James Lawton and his wife, Lorraine, Carthage; Edwin and his wife Priscilla Lawton, Carthage. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins. She will be missed by her three dogs that were always by her side, Prince, Princess and Isabelle, who she absolutely adored.
Calling Hours will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Lundy Funeral Home from 2:00-4:00pm a Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel at 4:00pm with The Reverend Frances M. Hemstreet, officiating and The Reverend Wayne Arnold. Burial will be held privately in the Hillside Cemetery in Natural Bridge.