Opal Lawson, age 96, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, in Providence Hospital in Waco while visiting her daughter, Patricia Bailey.

A memorial service took place Friday, Sept. 5, with the Rev. Lynn Ashcraft and Dr. Raymond Bailey.

Born in Forest Hill, La., to Henry and Lavinia Dunn Butter on Sept. 12, 1911, she was known as an outstanding seamstress and cook. Not only did Opal keep her family well fed and dressed, she also taught sewing classes at the local Singer store. At various times, she also worked in sales for Stanley Home Products, Sears and Sherwin Williams. Opal possessed a sharp sense of humor enjoyed by all who knew her. She was famous for her crisp sweet cucumber pickles, lovingly known as “Grandma’s Pickles.” She could never pass up buying cucumbers when in season. A member of North Orange Baptist Church for 65 years, Opal loved the people and served in many ways, especially “checking” on their illnesses and preparing food for bereaving families. She found great joy that her family found their places of service in the life of the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert T. Lawson; son, Joe Milam; sisters, Edith Price and Alma McRight; and brothers, Howard, Dallas and Leo Butter.

In addition to her daughter Patricia and her husband Raymond, she is survived by a sister, Doris Denmon of Forest Hill; daughter, Dorothy Atkinson and husband Harold of Carlsbad, N.M., Edith Cox and husband Walter of Orange; daughter-in-law Toshiko Milam of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson, Dr. David Cox of Orange; granddaughters, Brenda Cox Perkins of Kingwood, Sharon Cox Ackerman of Vidor, Hollie Bailey Spade of Frankfort, Ky., Sarah Bailey Paris of  Versailles, Ky., Susan Milam Brashear of Virginia Beach, Va., Kathy Milam Gilio of Melbourne, Fla., Carolyn Atkinson Vest and Mary Atkinson Clinton of Carlsbad; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts can be directed to North Orange Baptist Church Sanctuary Fund, 4775 N. Texas 87, Orange, 77632.