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Betty Lou Lawton

October 19, 1944 — June 21, 2022

Betty L. Lawton                   “loving mother and grandmother”

CERES, Pa.---Betty L. “Betsy” Lawton, 77, of Ceres, Pa., passed away with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY, after a brief illness.

Born on Thursday, October 19, 1944 in Kane, she was a daughter of Chester and Hilma A. Clark Silvis. On January 4, 1975 in Shinglehouse, she married Jerry D. Lawton, who passed away on February 13, 2015.

Betsy was a graduate of Port Allegany High School in Port Allegany. She was employed by Olean Advanced Products in Olean, NY, retiring after many years of service.

Betsy’s passion was crafting. For many years, she made wedding cakes. She loved camping with her family, cooking, and watching birds, especially hummingbirds. Her greatest love was her family.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Debbie Spinler of Olean, NY and Lydia N. McLeod of Ceres, Pa.; two grandsons, Dillon J. (Amber Edgell) McLeod and Adam S. McLeod; six great-grandchildren, McKaylee, Mitchell, Max, Marcus, Margaret, and Sawyer; and two nieces, Roxane Gould of Bradford and Nina Jo Dawley of Port Allegany.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betsy was predeceased by a sister, Joanne Bosworth.

Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 4pm with Pastor Anthony E. Edgell of Turtlepoint Evangelical Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Betsy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Betty Lou Lawton, please visit our flower store.

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