Rita J. Lawson

Sept. 5, 1937 – Dec. 12, 2010
CULVER — Rita Jane Lawson, 73, of 629 Forest Place, Culver, entered the Church Triumphant early Sunday morning, Dec. 12, 2010.
Rita was born in Sullivan, Ind. to Wm. Marshall and Rowena Alice (MacDonald) Foster of Jasonville, Ind. Sept. 5, 1937. She lived in Jasonville and graduated from the Shakamak High School in 1955 as the senior class valedictorian. Rita then graduated from Indiana State Teacher’s College with a B.A. and from Indiana State University with an M.A. in Education. She was married Sept. 7, 1958 to Latham Lane Lawson.
Rita taught in the Culver Public School System her entire teaching career. She taught fifth grade and was the founder and Director of the Gifted and Talented Program. 
She was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and served a term as president in the local chapter, Culver Community Teachers Association.
Rita believed in community service and was involved as a member of the Culver Library Board, Tri Kappa, the Culver City Club, and the Jr. Federated Women’s Club, of which she served as its state director. She was a Founding Member of Culver Women’s Affinity Group, a new Fund created through the Marshall County Community Foundation.
She was a 50-year member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver and served in a number of capacities including as its treasurer. She was a member of the United Methodist Women’s organization and involved with the Wesley Church Thrift Shop.
Rita is survived by her husband of 52 years; two daughters, Kelly Berger of Lafayette, and Abby Lawson of Austin, Texas; a brother, Shelby (Sandy) Foster of Troy, Mich.; two sons-in-law, Rev. Dan Berger of Lafayette and Jim Freeman of Austin, Texas; three granddaughters: Rebecca Lane Freeman and Kirstyn Freeman of Austin, and Jessica Berger of South Bend; and a grandson, Brandon Berger of Tacoma, Wash. 
She is also survived by a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lucille Carney, Margie Lawson, Ivan (Evelyn) Lawson, Doris (Sam) Pedigo, and Ida (Curt) Ray. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Larry Lawson and Lowell Carney.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church Fireside Room, 511 School St., Culver. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at Wesley Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church of Culver or to the Culver Public Library. Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.