On Friday, August 25, 2023, Paula Jean (Bradley) Lawson, 61, was called home by her Lord. Paula was a loving, caring, and devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Family was the most important part of Paula's life, especially her grandchildren. She was the greatest "Anna."
Paula was born on May 13, 1962, in Washington to Leonard and Ruth (Kilps) Bradley. She graduated from Washington Catholic High School in 1980. She was a graduate of Indiana State University in Terre Haute with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She pursued a career in teaching at Head Start in Bloomington. She was most recently employed at Cook Medical INC. She was a Bloomington resident.
Paula is survived by her mother, Ruth Bradley; her children: Sherelle Lawson; Jordan (Maurissa) Lawson; and Kensey Lawson, four grandchildren: Rylie Stephens; Karter Lawson; Kaiden Lawson; and Braden Lawson, siblings: Mary Lynn (Mark) Hedge; Theresa "Ann" (Gary) Klueh; Jane (Edward) Long; Steve Bradley; Joan (Carmin) Schnarr; and Lisa (Dale) Liles; and the father of her children, Mark Lawson.
Paula was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Bradley; brothers, David and John Bradley, and sister, Carolyn (Jeff) Crist.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ed L. Lee Mortuary to cover funeral expenses. Envelopes for donations will be available at the funeral home.
A memorial visitation for Paula Lawson will be 9:00-11:15 am, Friday, September 1, 2023, at the Ed L. Lee Mortuary, 620 East Viola Avenue, Washington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am, Friday, September 1, 2023, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 315 NE 3rd Street, Washington. Father Paul Ferguson will be the celebrant.
Interment will be at a later date.
Condolences may be left online for the family of Paula Lawson at www.edleemortuary.com. The staff of the Ed L. Lee Mortuary is honored to have been entrusted with the arrangement for Paula Lawson.
"Although i did not know Paula, her sister Lisa is my sister in law and im certain she was a loving and caring person as Lisa is. My heart goes out to the family at this difficult time and pray the Good Lord has His hand of comfort on each one in the days and weeks ahead. "
"Dear Ruth, Steve and Bradley family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Paula was such an incredibly kind and caring soul. I am blessed to have known her. My sympathy and prayers go out to all the family and friends of this sweet, beautiful lady."
"Paula a very sweet spirited person, never heard her a say anything to hurt anyone..ever..i believe the good lord has a special place for ones who have been so hurt here..im so sorry. Brady"
"To: Mark & Family - We are all thinking of you. You are part of our "Park" family and we will be there for you. -Monroe County Parks & Recreation staff "
"I knew Paula from working with her at Head Start. She was so kind to everyone, loved helping the children, and had a beautiful smile. My condolences to her family, colleagues, and friends. May they find peace and comfort in their memories of her. ?"
"I knew Paula from Head Start. She was so sweet and soft spoken.. Her children in her class loved her as did we all. My condolences to you all."
"I had the pleasure of working with Paula at Head Start years ago. She was adored by the children and staff alike. Each and every one of you have my deepest sympathy on her passing."