Sandra L. Lawson, 82


Sandra Lea Lawson, 82, of Carlinville, died on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 4:43 p.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. A memorial service will follow, beginning at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. James Hayes, pastor of St. James Baptist Church of Hillsboro, officiating.

Ms. Lawson was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Cheney, KS, to the late James Robert and Alma Iola (Sisk) Sportsman. 

During her career, she worked at Hillsboro Area Hospital for 27 years. She lived in Taylor Springs and Carlinville throughout her lifetime.

Ms. Lawson is survived by her daughter, Tammy Novotny of Worden; a grandchild, Lucas Novotny of Lincoln, NE; great-grandchildren, Jossilea Taylor and Rylea Carol DeBardeleben; and siblings, Robert and Walter Sportsman, both of Florida, and Patricia McGee of Port Orange, FL.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Brandi Lea Novotny;  great-grandchildren, Paden DeBardeleben and Derek Tyler Schaake; and a sister, Sue Henke.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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