CLORA LAUNA WADE LAWSON passed from this earth on July 20, 2023 at home with her family by her side. Clora was born August 23, 1933 in Oxford, Colorado to Grace Taylor Wade and Cyrus Wade. She was the 3rd of 9 children. The family moved to Aztec before she started first grade. On June 25, 1949 Clora married Arthur Lawson, Jr. remaining married until Arthur passed in 2004.
Clora was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 54 years, Arthur Lawson and her son Dennis. Also preceding her in death were her siblings Johnny Wade, Billie Marie Keys, Freddy Wade, Merle Greivel and Leonard Wright.
Clora is survived by 5 children David(Elaine) Lawson, Artresia Lawson, Dale “Buz” (Judy) Lawson, Linda Lawson and Daniel (Pam) Lawson. Also, her grandchildren Gail Selph, Stephanie Burns, Brad Willis, Sandi Cabello, Rebecca Olguin, Cassie Bates, Melissa Jensen, Brandon Lawson and Jennifer Lawson. Great- grandchildren Jeremey, AJ, Kandis, Michael, Jonathan, Breanna, Adrian, Lizzie and Matthew, plus numerous great-great grandchildren.. She is also survived by her siblings- Clarice Kimbrel, Wendell Wade and Jerry Wade and two special nieces, Kim Greivel and Deonna Schoenfelder
In their early years of marriage, Clora and Arthur moved to different localities in Utah and Colorado, moving back to Aztec in the early 1960’s, where she remained the rest of her life. When her family was young she always had a big garden and in late summer and fall would preserve the bounty. During those years, she enjoyed camping, many hours spent with family and friends at Lime Creek or the ditches.
Later, when she went to work “outside the home”, she did alterations and custom sewing. She made cheerleader skirts for many, many girls who cheered for the local youth football and basketball teams. She also made dresses for wedding parties including wedding dresses.
Clora loved to make quilts, making many including quite a few as gifts for her kids and grandkids. One of her most prized quilts was completely hand sewn and all 6 of her kids worked on the different phases of production. Some of her fondest memories were teaching her granddaughters to sew. Although she did not love to cook, she enjoyed fixing Thanksgiving dinner and she made the BEST bread.
Clora was always a hard worker and had the ability to make any house a home. The last few years were difficult, but she did not give up-she was one tough woman.
Clora will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
Love you Mom, Rest in Peace
Funeral services will be Friday July 28, 2023 at 10:30 am at the Methodist Church in Aztec.
The family request that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Aztec Museum at 125N. Main Aztec, NM 87410