Dorothy W. Lawlis, 88, of Indianapolis and formerly of Sandborn, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 at Saint Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born on July 20, 1918, in Sandborn, to George and Chloe (Wood) Sanders.
She lived 83 years in the same house which was occupied by four generations of her family. She was the joint owner of a farm that had been in the family for more than 100 years.
She graduated from Sandborn High School as valedictorian of her class. She received an associate degree from Vincennes University in 1938, a bachelor's degree from Franklin College in 1940 and M.S. Degree in Botany from Indiana University in 1947.
On Dec. 24, 1946, she married Chelsea Lawlis.
She taught high school at Frichton, Edwardsport, Vigo Township, and North Knox. Her main subjects were mathematics and biology. She retired in 1984, after 33 years of teaching.
She was previously a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Sandborn Baptist Church, and most currently a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Indianapolis. She served as pianist for 50 years at the first two churches. She was also an active member of the Gideons International Auxiliary and served in its jail ministry. She was also a board member and officer of the Bethel Cemetery Association.
She is survived by her husband and three sons: Stephen Lawlis, of Pisgah Forest, NC; Mike Lawlis, of Indianapolis; and Philip Lawlis, of Lewisberry, PA, 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Funeral service is at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Sandborn Baptist Church. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.