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Jan. 4, 1938-Dec. 5, 2017

Elvina Delmay “Del” Lawson, 79, passed away peacefully December 5, 2017 at Big Sky Senior Living with her husband of 59 years at her bedside.

Delmay was born Jan. 4, 1938 in Butte, Montana, the fourth of nine children to Francis and Lenora (Miller) Hash.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Lawson; children, Greg and Debra; sisters, Donna and Deanna Connell; and brothers, John and Marvin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Lenora; sister, Darlene; and brothers, Kenneth, David and Jerry.

Del attended Butte High School, graduating in 1955. She went to Western and taught with a two-year certificate at the age of 19 at the Franklin School in Meaderville and the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Havre where her two children were born.

She played the organ in church in both Boulder and Ramsay. The family moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where Howard and Del completed their education. Delmay taught at the Hillcrest until retirement. After retiring, she and Howard traveled to Europe several times and helped raise their grandchild, Hope.

Mom loved to be with her family camping, playing piano, singing, playing cards and preparing meals. She canned fruit and made jam to give to the family. Bridge was a passion of hers as well as working at the Butte Rescue Mission Thrift Store and helping at Gold Hill Lutheran Church and the Lions Club. She was the family historian and kept a daily diary for over 20 years. She was the go to person to recount dates and historical family events. She was also a feminist and spoke her mind. She was very insightful and a fierce and determined woman, devoted wife, mother and caring grandmother.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday at 12 noon in Gold Hill Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Christensen officiating. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

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