ROANOKE – Alyson Howard Lawson, 62, of Roanoke, passed away June 5, 2012.
Born Dec. 1, 1949 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of May Elkins Howard and the late Frank B. Howard of Pulaski.
Mrs. Lawson is survived by her husband, Joseph “Pete” Lawson of Roanoke; son and wife, Jonathan and Anna Vordermark of Charlotte, N.C.; son and wife, Matthew and Gordon Vordermark of Morrisville, N.C.; sister and husband, Jill and Jim Sandidge of Pulaski; niece, Sally Curay of Aston, Pa.; nephew, Michael Sandidge of Vinton, and three step-daughters Whitney, Victoria and Anne Taylor Lawson of Roanoke and Richmond.
A graduate of Pulaski High School, she graduated from the Medical College of Virginia as a registered nurse. She later received a masters in health management from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The most important career successes she had were during her time as a valued manager of the Carilion Clinic Hospice in Roanoke.
Alyson was fortunate to live in many different places, including London, Denver, San Francisco and Lubbock, Texas before returning to her native state of Virginia to live in Roanoke. A devout Christian, she was a life-long member of the Episcopal Church, most currently with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke. She loved spending time at the beach and with her family. She was greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.
A memorial service was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke today (Thursday, June 7), at 11 a.m. with a reception afterwards. A graveside service will be held in Pulaski today at 4 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Christ Episcopal Church, Pulaski.
Funeral arrangements handled by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church of Roanoke, Carilion Hospice of Roanoke or Christ Episcopal Church of Pulaski.