Ethel M. Lawton

October 25, 1928 to December 11, 2019


Passed peacefully away surrounded by her loving family, Ethel M. Lawton on December 11 in her 92nd year.

Ethel was born in King’s Cove, Bonavista Bay on October 25, 1928. She was predeceased by her husband, best friend and love-of-her-life of 62 years, Dr. Louis E. Lawton. Also predeceased by her father the Hon. Kenneth M. Brown, MHA, OBE, her mother Violet Irene Brown, her sisters Violet, Mavis and Audrey and her brothers Clyde and baby McKenzie.

Leaving to mourn her five children Kenneth (Leah), Dr. Louis (Suzanne), Anna (Dr. Al Felix), John (Katie) and David (Lisa), her nine grandchildren Maria, Patrick, Christopher, Andrew, Michelle, Emily, Rosemary, Keith and Benjamin, her two great-grandchildren Patrick Owen and Charlotte Eleanor. Also leaving to mourn her brother in law Dr. Robert Lawton (Josephine) and her sister in law Anna Lawton and her large extended family and close friends.

After raising five children, Mom went back to work helping Dad run his busy medical practice. She loved her work and she loved Dad’s patients even more. She stayed in contact with many of them long after they both retired.

Mom loved laughter, music and entertaining her family and friends and was never happier than when cooking up a five-course sit-down dinner for two dozen people, a feat she pulled off repeatedly and with aplomb. Mom often said that in another lifetime she could easily be a chef or restaurateur.

Above all, Mom loved her family. She taught us all the Golden Rule. In showing us the meaning of unconditional love, she led by example.

Special thanks are due to Dr. Robert Woodland for his enduring kindness and care for both Mom and Dad and other members of our family over the decades. Thanks also to Dr. Patrick O’Shea and the caring and compassionate staff of Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence.

Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, Friday, December 13 from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM. Funeral service will be held at St. Pius X Church on Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 AM.  Flowers gratefully accepted.  However a donation in Mom’s memory to The Gathering Place in lieu of flowers would best commemorate her generous, loving spirit.



2-4 p.m. on December 13, 2019

7-9 p.m. on December 13, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Saturday December 14th

St. Pius X Parish

Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


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Dear Lawton Family,
So deeply saddened to hear of Ethel’s passing. I will always have wonderful memories of your mother – a beautiful , elegant lady with an endearing sense of humour . She always made me feel so welcome when i was visiting home..
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Love, Cecile

The Lawton Family
My sincere sympathies on the passing of your mother. May your memories give you peace.

My grandfather was a brother of Kenneth Brown, your grandfather.

So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Lawton’s passing., such a beautiful kind soul. I will forever remember your father and mother at my wedding.. They were an amazing couple. My deepest condolences to all.

The Lawton Family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. Cherish your wonderful memories and they will help ease your pain.
Jenny O’Neill (Lawton)
Daughter of Felix & Daisy Lawton, King’s Cove

Mrs. Lawton was always so sweet to our family when we would go to the clinic. She really was a very compassionate lady.
The Foley family

John and Katie and family … so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Unfortunately could not get to the wake or funeral due to a family emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dave, Lisa and Lawton Families,
Our condolences on the passing of your a Mom. May pleasant memories comfort you as you grieve your loss.
Geri Doherty & Ron Power

Ken I never met your mom, but is seems she was a wonderful lady. I’m sure you will have many happy memories of her long life. My love and prayers .
Ethel Dobbin.

Anna and family, sincere sympathy to all at this difficult time. May the angels welcome your Mom to Paradise.

Condolences ro the Lawton family from Catherine Rossiter, formerly from Bell Island. The Rossiter family has many fond memories of years of frienship with Ethel and Dr. Lou. We are saddened by Ethel’s passing.
Catherine Rossiter.

Anna, Al, Maria and Emily
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Hold your beautiful memories close to your heart as they will truly help you through the days ahead.
She’s having dinner with the love of her life tonight and they’re both smiling down on all of you. ❤️❤️

Howie & G

My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. I know you have many wonderful memories that will keep her in your hearts forever.

John and Katie,
Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jamie and Colleen Powers

Warmest Condolences to all family members in memory of this beautiful , lovely lady whom I always enjoyed ! Regretfully had not seen her for some time.

Warmest Condolences to all family members in memory of this beautiful , lovely lady whom I always enjoyed ! Regretfully had not seen her for some time.

We were saddened to hear of Ethel’s passing. We lived on the same floor at Place Bonaventure Condominiums and always enjoyed her warmth and hospitality. She epitomized grace, generosity. and love of family. We extend our condolences to her family and friends. Carolyn Emerson and Gloria Montano

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Anna, and the entire Lawton family,
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John and Pam Crowley

Lawton Clan,
I am saddened to hear of the passing of your Mother.. I have so many fond memories. the dinner parties and trips to Terra Nova and so many more… I hope she is now at peace and I am sure they are all gearing up for the annual New Years festivities… Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers… may she Rest in Peace..

Anna and family,
We would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom.

Sue & Rick Wight

Dear Kenneth, Louis, Anna, John and David, and families,
I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Ethel. She was such a wonderful person. We will all miss her. I am thinking of you all today and am very sorry I cannot be with you.


To the family of the late Mrs Ethel Lawton,
please accept my sincere condolences on your mom’s passing.
Your dad delivered my late wife Brenda’s and my three children.
Your mom was a wonderful kind lady to me whenever I would see her she always asked how I was doing and also my children.
And when my wife passed away, your wonderful dad came to the funeral home to pay his respects.
For that I will be forever grateful.
May Mrs. Lawton R.I.P..????

Dear Ken, Louis, Anna, John, David and the whole family,
Just to let you know that we are thinking of you and of Aunt Ethel and Uncle Lou. I loved coming to your place at Elizabeth and Long Pond over the years. Aunt Ethel was always so kind, always had great food, and always looked elegant.
I am glad that Neena and I were able to see Aunt Ethel this summer when we were home, in her room with all your photographs around. She was in good spirits and was lovely as ever.
It was great to see you all this summer. I hope you are all ok.
All good wishes
Billy, Neena, Neevie & Sean

To all the Lawtons

I have thought of your Mom often in the last few years, not least very time I am at the intersection of Elizabeth and Long Pond Road. I am so sorry for your loss. I know your Mom has not been well for a while but it does not make it easier.

I hope that the warm memories and good times, as well as wonderful meals, carry you through the next few days.

I cannot be with you as I am out of town. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and with her though as you celebrate her life

To the Lawton Family
My sincere Sympathy to you on your Mom’s passing . It was always a pleasure to visit the clinic as you were greeted with a warm smile by Ethel . She was a lovely Lady who treated everyone the same .Her smile was infectious !.
Hold your memories close to your Heart !
Frances Kenny

To the Lawton Family,

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Lawton. We didn’t know her but your stories of her and how she must have influenced the way you live your lives shows she was a caring person with a deep heart. Hopefully, time will crowd out the sadness and will leave you with beautiful memories.

Mrs. Lawton was truly a treasure. I remember many visits to the family practice. She was always dressed to the nines and was sure to greet us with a warm smile. She was a wonderful lady and will surely be missed.

Lisa Guzzwell (Kehoe)

Lovely Lady will be sadly missed best wishes to her family

To the Lawton Family ,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We got to know Mrs Lawton when she moved into Place Bonaventure and what a lovely, kind gentle soul she was. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone and was so kind to my parents who lived next door.
May a lifetime of beautiful memories bring you comfort at this sad time.
We are out of the Province and unable to attend the service. Or visit in person

To the Lawton family. My mom, Nell Moriarty, was a long time patient of your Dad’s and I remember how caring your mother would be at all times. They were truly a lovely couple. My condolences to you all. May the many joyous memories you have help ease your loss. Sincerely, Helen (Moriarty) Donovan

Dear Anna,

I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a kind lady and always “dressed like a stick of gum”. Rest in peace Mrs. Lawton.
Sincerest sympathies,
Brenda Corrigan

So sorry to hear of Mrs Lawton’s passing,She was a wonderful lady my condolences to the family..

I want you to know, Lou and Family Members, that you are very much in my thoughts at present. God bless. Jim

Dear Lou, Sue and family,

Thinking of you in sympathy and here for you with loving support. Wishing you feelings of comfort, moments of peace, and memories of joy during this difficult time.

Your friends,
Terry & Maureen O’Neil

To the Lawton family. My sincere condolences. Your mom was a beautiful person as was your dad. Your dad gave my 4 siblings and myself birth. He was a great man but she was a greater lady. I was employed as pharmacy manager at Elizabeth Drugs just below their medical office in Churchill Square and she always everyday came down to the drugstore and was always so eloquent and dressed so smartly in her presence.. Always so pleasant and a pleasure to talk to. Not far behind was Dr L.E .Lawton , her husband, two lovely individuals meant for each other. Years later when I moved back in Churchill Square as the associate owner of Shoppers Drug Mart they came in the drugstore as a beautiful couple. She would always mention their trips and vacation and I found her to be so polite and sincere. She never missed coming to pharmacy to say hello with that beautiful smile. Again a great lady to know. I am saddened with her passing. Cherish her memories.