Judith Lawson

August 20, 1929 - July 22, 2015
Judith Lawson


Judith Lawson age 85, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015. at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Judith was born and raised in the Republic of Panama. A member of a prominent family, she was the daughter of Dr. Publio Vasquez, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Panama and professor of criminal law at the University of Panama.

Judith married her husband Jack D. Lawson on March 3,1951 in Panama City. They had a comfortable life living in Puerto Rico, Panama, Key Biscayne and ultimately retiring in McAllen, Texas. She was always active in the local community and supported many public school activities wherever she lived.

Judith was full of life and vitality, never knowing a stranger, she made friends everywhere she went. She was always on the go and it seemed like her motor was running 100% all the time. She loved sports, particularly golf and fishing where she spent much of her free time with friends and family pursuing those activities. She enjoyed cooking her native Panamanian dishes and spreading that culture wherever she went.

Judith traveled all over the world spreading joy and humor to everyone she met. She could bring a ray of light to the darkest hour and make you laugh just when you needed it the most. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and compassion towards all.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Lawson of Miami, FL. and David Lawson of Wilmington, NC.

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  • August 02, 2015
    Viola McClure says:
    Charles, David and Stephany, sorry for your loss Judy and I were friends for such a long time, The distance never kept us away and for68 years we kept in touch by phone, exchanging cards. Judy I will miss you. RIP

  • August 03, 2015
    Peter & Regina Garcia says:
    Dear Dave, Regina and I share with you and your family our deepest sympathies for your loss. God Bless. Peter & Regina Garcia

  • July 28, 2015
    Etta Pace says:
    I enjoyed eating with your mother a few times when I volunteered on Wednesdays (Bible study leader) at LakeShore Commons. Her life story was a blessing and I am sorry her time with all of us was so short. Many at LakeShore told me how much they enjoyed her presence and joyful heart. Praying God's comfort on all of you during these difficult days.

  • July 29, 2015
    Sandy Collette says:
    My dear, sweet Judy, we will miss you so! We have shared two beautiful children...our David and Stephanie. It has been such a blessing for you, David and Charlie to come into our lives. We have had many good times and laughs together. I will never forget our trip to Las Vegas, sharing a room with you and the culmination of the trip....our children's wedding! I will watch over our children here on earth as I know you will be watching over them from heaven. I love you my sweet "mother in law" and will cherish you in my heart always!

  • July 29, 2015
    Yvette Ramirez says:
    Dear Dave and Charles. Judy was a close friend of my mother, Tita Lay and my aunt Lilia Santamaria. My memories of Judy have been a lifetime, not because we were fortunate to visit each other, but because they all kept in contact no matter the distance. True friendship. Her love for her sons was immeasurable. She always spoke of you both and kept us up to date with your accomplishments in life. And it allows us to have this closeness now to follow in her footsteps. Keeping the lines of friendship & communication open. Judy will be missed very much, but in my heart I know she is watching and guiding us all as I write this. RIP Judy and keep smiling.