, Gloucester, MA

March 18, 2013

Marilyn N. Lawson, 85

Gloucester, MA — Marilyn N. Kendall (O’Connell) Lawson, 85, wife of the late James (Gus) Lawson, died peacefully at her home on March 16, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Lelia (Nickerson) Mitchell, Horace Kendall, and stepfather, Edward Mitchell, all of Gloucester.

Born on August 11, 1927, she was a lifelong resident of Cape Ann, living in Gloucester and Rockport.

Marilyn is remembered by her many friends and family in part for her spunk and independent way of thinking. She flew her co-owned Piper Cub plane during the 50’s, was a wedding singer, chorus and church soloist, Turnabout and Flying Scot sailor and participant in one of the first African-American Civil Rights Movement marches. She also thoroughly enjoyed walking the boulevard, reading, opera and art.

Marilyn is survived by her three children, Margaret (O’Connell) Justice, Dennis O’Connell, both of Rockport, Sharon (O’Connell) Wright of Ipswich and stepdaughters Cindy (Lawson) Lancaster of Topsfield and Susan (Lawson) Dionne of Gloucester.

Grandchildren are Jaime O’Connell Parker, of Portland, Maine, Meghann, Toby, Rory and Timothy O’Connell of Rockport, Justin Michaud of Ipswich, Jesse Michaud of Gloucester and step-grandchildren Pamela Parker Dungan and Jennifer Parker Hart of Amesbury.

Great-grandchildren are Jonah and Elias Parker of Portland, Maine and Tori Parker Hart of Amesbury.

In addition to Gus, her husband of 12 years, she was predeceased by her parents, sister, Sandra Mitchell, former husband, Harold (Toby) O’Connell and long-time companion, Jim Smith.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of her life will be held at the family homestead on 38 Madison Avenue, Gloucester on Wednesday, March 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Cape Ann Food Pantry and Second Glance would be appreciated.

Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit