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Shelly (Michele) K. Rasmussen Lawler, 62, of McLeansboro, passed away June 11, 2017.
She was born to Dr. Oscar Rasmussen and Mrs. JoAnn Rasmussen-Sislow on July 29, 1954, in Champaign.
Shelly spent the majority of her childhood in Des Moines, Iowa, and Park Forest. In 1972, she graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and later went on to receive her bachelor of science in psychology from Northwest Missouri State University; she nearly completed her master's work in social services before giving birth to her second child and completely devoting her time to her family.
On Nov. 26, 1977, Shelly became a loving wife to Marion Joseph Lawler in Ridgeway. Shelly was employed with Southern Illinois Case Coordination Services until her passing. She served as a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and their families. She was inarguably skilled in her duties and was a guiding light, a true leader for both her coworkers and clients whom she both respected and adored.
Shelly was a Chicago Cubs fan and reveled in their World Series victory last fall. She was an avid gardener and loved spending time in her yard, especially her flower beds. She was known as an excellent cook; Marion rarely encountered any dish that surpassed her roast or chicken and noodles. Family always came first, especially her grandchildren, who frequently enjoyed homemade chocolate ice cream and buttermilk pancakes.
Shelly is survived by her husband, Marion Lawler; daughters, Kezya Newman (Doug) of McLeansboro and Bryanna Grant (Adam) of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, Justice Newman and Rose and Auggie Grant; her mother and father, Dr. Oscar Rasmussen (Judi) of New Milford, Conn., and JoAnn Rasmussen-Sislow (Mike) of Naperville; close brother, Mark Rasmussen (Kim) of DeKalb; mother-in-law, Bernice Lawler; three brothers-in-law; friend and sister-in-law, Carolyn Sue Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother Jeff Rasmussen of Naperville.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with a visitation from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and services to directly follow.
Published on June 19, 2017
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