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Genevieve "Marlene" (Ruff) Lawson

September 24, 1948 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 72)


Genevieve “Marlene” Lawson, 72, of Decatur, IL, passed away at 4:22 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 in Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. 

Marlene was born on September 24, 1948, in Fancher, the daughter of Paul Henry and Zolla Mae (Polley) Ruff.  Marlene and Robert E Lee Lawson were united in holy matrimony on October 28, 1967, in Cowden, and were blessed with 53 years of marriage before his passing on November 25, 2020.  Marlene worked for Mari-Mann Herbs in Decatur for nearly 20 years.  Marlene was the happiest when taking care of her family.  She was the most amazing wife, mother and grandmother.  She took great pride in raising her two children and later spoiling and loving her three grandchildren.  In her free time, Marlene enjoyed painting, collecting jewelry and mushroom hunting.     

She is survived by her two children:  Robert Lawson of Decatur and Tammy (David) True of Boody; three grandchildren:  David Lee, Caleb and Brock True; brothers:  Gerald (Peggy) Ruff of Forsyth, Roger (Joyce) Ruff of Decatur and Gary (Dorothy) Ruff of Decatur and too many special nieces, nephews and friends to name.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Robert Ruff; sister, Pauline Shouse and sister-in-law, Betty Bowman.  

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville is assisting the family. 

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