Suzanne Langley Triplett Lawing
Suzanne Lawing, 84, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of 5/19/20, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by the “love of her life” of 61 years, H.C “Red” Lawing. Family includes Laura Lawing Abernathy, her husband John, and son Jason; Linda Lawing Dilley, her husband Lindsay, and daughter Rachel, son Andrew, and daughter-in-law Johanna; Leigh Lawing Nance, her husband Michael, daughter Mary Suzanne, and son Craig. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Emelda Lawing. Nieces and nephews are Amy and Allie Lawing; Max Lawing Jr. and his wife Margherita, Danny Lawing and Cathy Gilbert and her husband Danny; and cousin Mary Todd.
Suzanne grew up in Lenoir, NC. Her parents were Ned and Ruth (Todd) Triplett, also both of Lenoir. Suzanne was proud of being part of the Lenoir High School band, where she played the clarinet. At that time, the band was led by Captain James Harper, a nationally renowned band director. He was the founder of the first high school concert band in NC; the legendary Lenoir High School band.
Suzanne was an educator, both professionally and personally. She taught elementary school at both Mt. Holly Elementary and Ida Rankin. She would frequently see former students and enjoyed reconnecting with them and hearing about their lives.
Personally, she shared wisdom and life experiences with her family, friends and extended family. She was often soft-spoken, but when she did speak – you listened because it was always heart-felt and valued.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Holly for over 62 years where she taught lessons to children and youth. While health in later years prevented her from attending every Sunday, she faithfully read her bible, enjoyed daily devotions, and most recently enjoyed online services.
Suzanne was an avid reader and one of her fondest memories was meeting and studying with American writer, Carl Sandburg during her years at Appalachian State University. She also enjoyed puzzles and was a fan of game shows. Her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren. Suzanne was actively involved in raising each of them, passing on her love of learning, cooking, gardening and the importance of family values.
We are all so fortunate to have so many wonderful memories of Suzanne. As a quiet, steady servant of God she impacted numerous lives.
While her family is sad at the loss, we rejoice in remembering her and knowing for certain that she is reunited with her husband, parents, family and friends in God’s kingdom.
Additionally, our family would like to thank Dr. Douglas Nigbor and the staff of Fresenius Dialysis for their care and support over the last several years. You made an incredible difference in both her life, and ability to pass in peace. We would also like to thank both the staff and her friends at Brookdale (Robinwood) for their care and support. When she transitioned to assisted living, this was really the first time Suzanne had lived on her own and she thrived – thank you. We would also like to thank London of Brookdale, for faithfully providing transportation to her dialysis sessions and making sure that she was well taken care of.
Suzanne was loved by many people. However, due to the precarious state of current social situations, there will be a graveside service only, with immediate family. Suzanne was ultimately a quiet, and private individual. The family feels that this path honors her wishes, as well is socially responsible.
In lieu of flowers, Suzanne has requested that memorials be made to any of the following: First United Methodist Church of Mt. Holly (140 North Main Street Mt. Holly, NC 28120 – www.fumcmhnc.org); Community Relief Organization (CRO) of Mt. Holly (P.O. Box 831, Mt. Holly, NC 28120); or a charity of your choice.
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