DIXON – Helen J. Lawton, 98, of Dixon, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Heritage Square Heath Center in Dixon.
She was born March 2, 1916, in Dixon, the daughter of Earl and Maud (Teachout) Kennedy. She graduated from Dixon High School and the University of Illinois. She married George Frederick Lawton on Aug. 10, 1941. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1964.
Helen was a school teacher at Mendota, Dixon, and Lee Center schools. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Eastern Star. She was an active genealogist. She volunteered at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and as a KSB Hospital Pink Lady.
She is survived by one son, Richard (Susan) Lawton of Sterling; two grandsons, Michael (Tracey) Lawton of Dixon and Bradley (Heidi) Lawton of Morris; four great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Ryan, Matthew, and Natalie Lawton; and several nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Kennedy.
Visitation will from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Heewon Kim officiating. Burial will be at Palmyra Cemetery in Dixon. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established to Heritage Square.
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