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Judith Graham (Lawlis) - Class Of 1960 VIEW PROFILE

Judith Graham (Lawlis)

Mrs. Judith Ilene Lawlis, 72, of Plainfield, formerly of Thorntown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home.

Judith was born Aug. 27, 1942, in Elwood. She was a daughter of the now late Hubert C. and Dorothy B. (Wallace) Graham. She was raised in Boone County, and graduated from Thorntown High School in 1960. She attended IUPUI in Indianapolis.


She was married to Thomas E. Lawlis on Oct. 28, 1983, in Indianapolis; he survives.

Judith worked for the Urology Department at IU Hospital in billing, retiring in 2004 after more than 25 years. Most recently, she worked as a real estate consultant for Carpenter Realty and owned and operated Avon Cake Box.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Judith loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club for more than 25 years, serving as the treasurer, secretary and newsletter editor at various times.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. Lawlis of Plainfield; two children, Jeffrey L. King of Minnesota and Melinda C. “Mendy” (Richard Jr.) Howard of Brownsburg; four grandchildren, Ryan Falcon Howard, Spencer Thomas Howard, Jeffrey L. King, Jr. and Rebecca L. Strand; brother, Jerry L. (Peggy) Graham of Thorntown.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carol A. and David Miller.

Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Myers Chapel of Memories. Interment will follow services at the Sugar Plain Cemetery in Thorntown.

Memorial contribution may be made to Methodist Health Foundation – Pancreatic Research, 1800 Capitol Avenue, Noyes Pavilion, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 7168, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7168.

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11/27/14 12:07 PM #1    

Russell Crawford (1960)

Judy was a jewel. She never wanted the spotlight but she was there to help in any capacity to make sure the job was done right. Judy was our spokesperson when the class of 1960 hosted the 2010 Alumni Banquet and she did a great job. I can imagine that when the Alumni Association was looking for someone to represent the class of 60, Judy looked around for someone to raise their hand and after nobody stepped forward, Judy slowly slid her hand up. Somebody had to do it so she stepped forward.

I had always intended to stop by her cake shop. Never quite made it - that is my loss.

We will miss seeing you at the reunions.  Rest well Judy.


12/01/14 12:02 AM #2    

David Barker (1960)


I think we will all miss Judy in our own ways. I remember her from grade school days and when she started violin lessons in junior high.  I considered the violin very hard to play and so was quite impressed.  She probably didn't continue playing it for too many years, but at reunions I always asked her how her violin lessons were coming along.

Her life was well lived and I will miss her.     Eternal peace Judy.


12/01/14 04:42 PM #3    

Janet Gant (Marlatt) (1960)

I posted a comment in the wrong section I think..Judy was a good friend...I will miss her ... rest Judy, you've earned it


12/01/14 11:10 PM #4    

Linda Fairfield (Beaman) (1960)

Judy was one of my best friends in high school.  We had kept in contact occasionally throughout the years and more so in the last several years. We went to the alumni banquets together or made plans to meet there where we had some good times and good visits.  She always had an upbeat attitude and a smile for everyone. 

Judy was a great friend and I will miss her.





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