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Zella LawsonPassing: May 27, 2012


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday,May31,2012, 10:30 am


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday,May30,2012, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday,May31,2012, 09:30 am - 10:30 am


Cresthaven Memory Gardens


MITCHELL Zella Lawson, 91, passed away at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Westview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born November 1, 1920, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Oatley Ray and Ruth (Wagner) Brown. She married Aaron Lawson May 17, 1946 and he preceded her in death September 16, 1989.

She had been employed at Trav-Ler Radio Corporation and for many years was owner and operator of the Northside Grocery. Zella was a member of the Faith Christian Center in Salem.

Surviving: sisters,
Regina Stroud, Mitchell
Ollie Sarah (Dean) Jackson, Columbus
Ellen (Jerry) George, Bedford
Edna Rainey, Bedford

Her parents and brothers, Roy, Charles, Kenneth, and Warren Brown, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Bro. Dean Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Wednesday, and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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15 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Donna (Pace) Hart | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: May 31, 2012
    Was so sorry to hear of the passing of Zella. She was such a sweet person and I have so many memories of her at the store. I lived in the neighborhood and I dont think there was a day that went by that us kids didnt drop in. Big Red pop and penny candy. I still can remember going up and getting a pound of bologna and her wrapping it up and said on your way out take a piece of candy =) My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
  2. Guest: Shelia Howell Belk | Jacksonville, AL
    Date: May 30, 2012
    I'm so sorry to hear of Zella's passing. She was a dear family friend for as long as I can remember. I spent many happy hours spending the night at her house and happily remember all the times she took us to the beach at Spring Mill. I loved when she let me "help" stock the candy counter in the store or let me work the register with her when I was barely big enough to even reach it. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered with love. She truly was one of a kind. Shelia
  3. Guest: Amy Atkinson Parker | Mitchell, IN
    Date: May 30, 2012
    To family of Zella Lawson: We lived next door to the Northside Grocery and spent many happy hours visiting with Zella and Aaron. Her little spitz dog, Mitzy, was a favorite of ours. Zella was so good to all the kids in the neighborhood and it was a very sad day when they closed the store. I hope they have pop machines in heaven. Please know that Zella and the store have a special place in my heart.
  4. Guest: Jami (Jackson) Koenig | Tampa, FL
    Date: May 29, 2012
    My dear Aunt Zella. The last year has been difficult for her and now she is at rest. Aunt Zella was made of strong stock and born to get up every day of her life and work hard and make a difference. Whether toiling away during a shift at a factory, running the Northside grocery store in Mitchell, or cleaning people’s houses to a sparkling shine – she was a woman that became a member of everyone’s family – related by blood or not. Her kind, generous and caring way always opened a place in your heart, your life and your family’s life.
  5. Guest: Dave Ferry | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    We are sorry for your loss your friends at Englewood Baptist will keep you in our prayers.
  6. Guest: Claudia (Lawson) Brown | Salem, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    Some of the best childhood memories I have are going to stay at Aunt Zella and Uncle Aaron's house during the summer. We went nearly every year. She made the most wonderful food and the best ice tea in the world. When they had the store we were given a small paper bag and allowed to pick out as much penny candy as we wanted. I loved her very much. I'm so happy that she's with Uncle Aaron now and all of her family...and I look forward to seeing her again!
  7. Guest: LaVona Donica | Tavares, FL
    Date: May 29, 2012
    Edna, sorry for the loss of your dear sweet sister. She always had a smile on her face. I remember her making soup at your house when we would be working on your cabin for christmas open house. She will be missed. Love and Prayers, LaVona & Herman
  8. Guest: Debbie Fleenor Elkins | Williams, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    Some of the best memories of my childhood are riding my bike to Zella's grocery store. All of the neighborhood kids went there, almost daily. I loved Zella. She was such a sweet and wonderful lady. I will remember her ALWAYS. Will be remembering her family in my prayers. God bless you all.
  9. Guest: Suzie Batchelor Leatherman | Mitchell, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    I remember going to Northside for lunch during my high school years. Zella always took good care of us. Margie Stroud, her niece, and I were good friends. Regina, Margie and family my prayers are with you. Zella was a special lady and will be missed by all that knew her.
  10. Guest: Rosetta Brown Embry | Madisonvillle, KY
    Date: May 29, 2012
    My Aunt Zella was the sweetest and best Aunt anyone could ever be fortunate enough to have. It is with bittersweet memories I think of her at this time. I have many precious memories of staying with them for days at a time when they lived in the log house. They gave me the only baby doll I ever had, what a thrill that was. She was a beautiful lady, a great cook and homemaker. She always inspired me. She was always fun,sweet,caring and good. She was just one of the nicest, sweetest, ladies I have ever known. There are many things I could recount about Aunt Zella, but it would take many pages to list all of her attributes, for there were so many. Aunt Zella has remained dear to me all my life and will always hold a special place in my heart. She is at peace now for, she has gone home for her reward.I send my deepest sympathy to her sisters and to the rest of her family. May God bless each of you, at this sad time.
  11. Guest: ruth ann roberts | seymour, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    Ellen, just read the notice and did not dawn on me, until started to read the family names who this was, sorry for the loss of your sister. ruth ann
  12. Guest: Martha J. (Brown) Bryant | Oklahoma City, OK
    Date: May 29, 2012
    To my dearest cousin, I've always loved you! I have many fond memories of special times we have shared, we will miss you!
  13. Guest: Gayla (Bryant) Goff | Oklahoma City, OK
    Date: May 29, 2012
    I will always remember your kind and gentle spirit! I remember what a great cook you were when we would gather at your house or Spring Mill State Park! We love you & will miss you!
  14. Guest: Ivan (Dick) Brown | Spokane, WA
    Date: May 29, 2012
    Zella always made everyone feel at ease & very special! Our thoughts are with all of the family. We will miss you! Love Dick, Don & Ken
  15. Guest: Leroy & Virginia Brown | Mitchell, IN
    Date: May 29, 2012
    We share your loss of a very special person! We have shared many good times at family reunions and picnics! Our thoughts and prayers are with her sisters and family. We will miss Zella very much!