Sue Carole Lawson © Trout Funeral Home & Crematory Submitted by: Sharon
Sue Carole Lawson
November 15, 1936 - April 1, 2023
On Saturday, April 1, 2023, Sue Carole Goudreau Lawson went to be with our Lord and live life after life. Thanks to her faithful caregivers, her final days were peaceful and spent at home. Those who loved her, often called her Sue, Susie Q, Miss Sue and Aunt Sue.
A Rosary Ceremony will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, April 14, 2023, at Trout Funeral Home Chapel. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 15, 2023, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Carson Krittenbrink officiating. A Committal Ceremony will immediately follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Those unable to attend the Funeral Ceremony, may attend virtually on the Trout Funeral Home website, www.troutfuneralhome.com and click on the live-stream or toolbar icon on the top right corner after 1:45 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.
Sue was born on November 15, 1936, in Elbowoods, ND, located in the Fort Berthold Reservation. Her parents were Robert Charles and Mary (Fox) Goudreau. Sue was of Lakota Sioux and Hidatsa decent. After graduating from Bacone College, located in Muskogee, OK, in 1954, she attended Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, OK, graduating with a BS degree in elementary education in 1956. She later completed her Master's degree as a Reading Specialist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Sue met her loving husbnad, Donnie J. Lawson, while attending college in Tahlequah. They were married on July 5, 1960, in Stilwell, OK, and had 53 years together before Don passed on November 3, 2013. They enjoyed going to the lake, boating, water skiiing and their lake house on Keystone Lake. After retirement, they traveled extensively and enjoyed many trips to North Dakota. They especially enjoyed collecting Indian art and artifacts during their travels. They dearly loved their 4 dachshunds: Gretchen, Brunhilda, Kristy, and Katy. She was an avid fan of OU sports and Thunder basketball.
Sue was a dedicated elementary teacher for 39 years and was very passionate about teaching children to read well. She taught in Liberal, KS, and Oklahoma City, then moved to Ponca City in November, 1956. The majority of Sue's teaching career was at Lincoln Elementary in Ponca City, where she assisted many students with reading and made many close friends with fellow teachers. She also served terms as president of the Cimarron Reading Council and vice president of the Classroom Teachers. She was always delighted when she encountered her former students and heard about their successes in life.
Sue is survived by: brother, Jim Goudreau; nephews, Kent Goudreau and Mac A. Rogers; nieces, Richinda Harvey and Mary Sue Rogers; great-nephew, Kristopher Harvey; great-nieces, Miranda Rogers and Kelly Drake; great-great-nephews, Anthony J. Harvey, Maverick and Rome Higgins, Kevin Harvey and great-great-nieces, Grace, Julia, and Rayna Harvey. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and her caregivers, Michele Owens, Brenda Rziha, and Tina Taylor. Sue was preceded in death by: her husband, Don Lawson; mother and father; sisters, Barbara Johnston, Frances Rogers; and brother, Clarence Goudreau.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Oklahoma Humane Society, 900 W Prospect Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601, https://www.nokhs.com/give.
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