Louise Evelyn Lawson, 92, passed away at her home in Seal Cove on Oct. 14, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Louise was born Sept. 12, 1926, in the village of Center in the town of Tremont on Mount Desert Island. She was the first daughter and third child of John (Daddy Johnny) and Verna Foss Hodgdon. Louise attended a two-room schoolhouse in Center for eight years. She attended Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor. After graduation in 1944, she went on to attend the Nursing College in Portland. Louise loved school and learning; no challenge was too great for her.
Louise married Perry Lawson Jr. of Tremont in 1948. They bought a large home in Manset, where they raised their two daughters, Sharon and Shirley. Over the years, they opened their home to many young people who needed a place to stay. They hosted many card parties; and chaperoned many dances and parties for their daughters. Louise loved her home, especially her large gardens, flowers and lawns that she took care of. She and Perry loved boating and spent time on off-shore islands digging for treasures. In the winter they snowmobiled with friends. Perry and Louise both belonged to the Civil Air Patrol out of Trenton Airport.
Louise did many things in her life. One of her fondest memories was working at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor as a teenager. Throughout the years she worked at the Underwood Sardine factory in Bass Harbor, cleaned cottages for summer people and worked at Lawson’s Electric as bookkeeper. After becoming a certified nurse, she worked at Ellsworth Hospital in the operating room and later worked at Sonogee in Bar Harbor. She traveled to California to visit her daughter Shirley, and while there worked briefly at an investment firm in San Francisco. She returned to Maine and worked in the cafeteria at Mount Desert Island High School for 17 years. This was her favorite job, and she loved the students. She was 83 when she retired.
For the last 40 years she has lived on Hodgdon Pond at the end of Daddy Johnny Road. She loved her home and took pride in telling everyone that all this land belonged to her father. Louise loved the wildlife, which she fed, canoeing and kayaking, skating and cross-country skiing. Louise was also an avid walker, often walking miles at a time with her aunt Carolyn. She loved picking blueberries and blackberries and was known for her blackberry jelly. She had a garden and enjoyed sharing the bounty. She loved walking on beaches looking for driftwood, sea glass and bait bags. She was known around town by her 2004 Subaru Wagon. One of her greatest joys was playing beano at the Senior Center in Southwest Harbor. Most of all Louise enjoyed being with her family.
Louise is survived by her daughters Sharon Lawson and her partner Chet Lewis of Trenton, Shirley Walton and her husband, David, of Southwest Harbor and Fort Myers, Fla., her granddaughters Michelle Belanger and husband, Chad Theriault, of Portland, Danielle Berube and her husband, Ken, of Van Buren, five grandchildren Julia, Benjamin, Ian, Andrew and Aryanna, and her sister Anna Reale of Connecticut and sister-in-law Liillian Hodgdon of Bernard, as well as many nephews, nieces and friends. Thank you to family and friends, especially her sister Anna for supporting and being there for us. A special thank you to Hospice group for all of their support.
Louise, Mom, Great Gram, was most at peace on the water. She truly enjoyed her daughters, grand-daughters and great- grandchildren. She had a big heart and gave freely to others.
There will be a memorial service at Seal Cove Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Seal Cove Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Home Health Hospice.