LAWSON, Isabel (nee Macdonald)

The time has come to say goodbye to our mother, Isabel as she joins her beloved husband Tory, of 66 years on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice. She is survived by her children David Lawson (Jacquline), Carol Allard (Syl) and Betty Ann Lawson as well as her grandchildren whom she loved and thoroughly enjoyed: Dave Lawson, Sita Lawson (Scott), Mark Allard (Erika), Michael Allard (Amy), Nicholas Allard (Catherine) and great grandchildren Aiden and Griffin Wallace, Henry and Persephone Allard. Born and raised in Manitoba, Isabel and Tory ventured out to find a more prosperous life in 1948, finding it in Wawa.

Isabel had worked in many jobs but found her dream job as a reporter for the Sault Star for Wawa and area. She believed in working towards a better community, volunteering in different ways, and teaching 4H and Junior Auxiliary. In the 70’s, she lobbied for Long Term Care by writing letters to MPPs, newspapers, passing door to door petitions and attending council meetings so that seniors could stay in their community. Isabel represented Wawa and Area for 17 years on the Algoma District Health Unit. Of the 17 years, 8 were spent as Chairwoman (becoming the first woman to hold that position) of the ADHU and represented the Algoma District at the provincial level. Isabel was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal for her commitment to service to the community. She led an active life with many interests, never one to be idle. Isabel enjoyed cross-country skiing, sewing, curling, golfing and entertaining friends. In her later life, she fell in love with drawing and painting. She felt she’d led a full life and was content to leave us when she did, surrounded by her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Lady Dunn Long Term Care, ARCH, or the Sault Area Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to the staff at ARCH, Dr. Sharon Buehner, and Kelsey at Community Care Access.

Arrangements entrusted to Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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  1. Deepest sympathy to Carol and David and family.

    • Suzette McKnight

      My deepest sympathies to your family. Mrs Lawson took photos of my daughter Margaret Mcknight and myself on January 1977. We were still in the hospital. Margaret was Wawa’s New Years baby, born on January 2nd. She came to our house a year later to take another photo for the newspaper. She was such a lady, always well dressed, and so nice.
      I just found out. 🌹

  2. Betty Robertson

    Sorry for your loss Carol, David and family. Betty Robertson

  3. Jennifer VanDusen (Fletcher)

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know our parents were very good friends (Frank and Joan Fletcher) I remember visits to your house at Christmas when I was a little kid. Sending much 💕

  4. Bryan Phillips

    My condolences Carol, David and family.

  5. My deepest condolences to the family. Loved chatting with her when I visited with my dad

  6. What a long full life she was blessed to have
    Fond memories of a beautifully dressed classy lady who was involved in alot of community activities as my mom back in the Wawa days
    Always enjoyed our chats when we bumped into each other when she was on her way to Seniors Drop In Centre & we were downtown for a walk
    Her spirit & independence were inspiring & her open invitation to try & stop by for a glass of wine anytime always made me smile

    Judy Scott & Jack Aitkenhead

  7. My sincere condolences to David, Carol and family as well. I have many memories of both Isabel and Tory, nice memories and funny ones too from The Party Times that so often went along with ‘curling’ ~ mixed, women’s and men’s and our parents enjoying friends and activities. I remember waking up one Sunday morning and Tory was sleeping in our bathtub – Isabel must have given up trying to get him out and home! Isabel was always so gracious and refined, articulate and more than ready to laugh and enjoyed a good joke.

  8. My sincerest condolences on your loss. She was wonderful lady!

  9. Carol and David, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother certainly left her mark on a lot of people, in a good way! Thoughts of her always brings a smile to my face. It was a blessing to have known her.