Lawrason, Dorothy Ann a 55 year resident of Hawthorne , passed away on Friday, July 21, 2006 in Torrance at the age of 83. Born in Huntington Beach, CA. Dorothy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a beloved 2nd grade school teacher for over 41 years. She enjoyed visiting with friends, traveling, and walks along Manhattan Beach. Dorothy is survived by her Nephew, John Kohlmorgan and his Wife Martha, their daughters Jessica and Cali, her Step-son Douglas Lawrason. Dorothy was preceded in death by her Husband, Donald Lawrason, and sister, Maxine Kohlmorgan. A gathering of family and friends is from 4-8P.M. on Monday July 24th at Manhattan Beach White & Day Mortuary 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA. Funeral services to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne on Tuesday, July 25th at 11:00 A.M. with a reception following from 12:00 to 1:00P.M. Internment will follow the reception. Dorothy is succeeded in a wealth of memories and immeasurable adoration by many. She continues to be a role model to those she touched. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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  1. Dorothy was a dear member of our congregation (Trinity Lutheran in Hawthorne), a faithful servant of the school and church, and a loving friend to so many in our church and community. Her loss will be greatly mourned, and her presence sorely missed. She was a gift of God to all who knew her. Blessed be the Memory of Dorothy Lawrason.

  2. Dorothy was a woman of faith who loved her Lord. She was a real supporter of the teachers at Trinity Lutheran School and I was blessed by her support and encouragement …coming from the Midwest as a new teacher and not knowing a soul which she also experienced as a young woman. She touched many students, parents, and all those around her. She will be deeply missed!

  3. Dorothy and Don were customers at our body shop in Hawthorne. Dorothy was always pleasant and had a hug for my son Brian. She was an inspiration for us on how to accept life and its hardships with great grace. My son was saddened when I talked with him this morning, Dorothy was a special lady to him. We send our hearfelt sympathy to her family and many friends.

  4. To all of Dorothy’s friends: Martha and I want to thank everyone for their heartfelt words and all of the kindness you each have shown. We cannot thank you enough for all the support you have provided during this most difficult time. We truly appreciate the effort, time, and generosity you have shown to Dorothy and ourselves. Dorothy will truly be missed by many on Earth, but she will continue to spread her joy and love in heaven!

  5. I worked at Ralph’s Grocery store in Manhattan Beach where Dorothy shopped. Dorothy and I were prayer partners, when we each had a burden or praise we shared it with each other. Even when she was at Sunrise retirement home I made it a point to stop by and visit when I could. I will greatly miss her, but I know I will see her again in Heaven some day. Love in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST Sam Keller

  6. Dorothy was a wonderful woman of great faith. I can still hear her laughter and her concern about her “girls,” the young woman that she brought to Christian Business and Professional Women that we were a part of together for many years. We enjoyed times in her home in connection to that group. She loved to get together. She also showed great understanding and concern for those second graders that she truly loved. Many have been influenced by her life. I was blessed to have known her.

  7. Dorothy was my second grade teacher and inspired and supported me in my own 31 year career as a teacher! She loved her students deeply, cared about their spiritual growth, and challenged us each to do our best! What a servant!!

  8. Dorothy Lawrason was a very special woman in my life. I had Mrs. Lawrason in second grade, as did my mother. She was my first teacher to really encourage my writing by inviting me up in front of the class on Fridays to share what I had written. Let there be no doubt that her encouragement helped shape my confidence in my work. I’ll never forget the number of people that gathered for her retirement celebration. We all signed a paper on a bulletin board and shared our memories of being a second grader in Mrs. Lawrason’s class. There were a lot of people at that celebration. So many lives were touched by her strong spirit. Aside from being my teacher, she was also a strong influence in my church life as well. I remember running up to her every Sunday at church and giving her a big hug. As I got older, she’d joke with me that I was getting much too tall. She even declared that the day she saw I became taller than her she’d treat me to lunch. I was a sophomore in high school the day that happened. Just as she had promised, she took me to lunch at The Kettle in Manhattan Beach. Afterwards, we took a walk along the beach and watched the filming of a volleyball movie and she laughed as I ran up and tried to get into one of the background shots. I’m sure she was more than a little embarrassed when I came back with the story that I had been asked to leave because I kept looking back at the cameras and I was ruining the shots! I wish I could be there to celebrate her amazing life with all of you and to sing in the choir in her honor. Know that I am there in spirit and I am sending my thoughts and prayers to her friends and family.

  9. Dorothy was such a special friend and a “bright light” to all that new her from the Strand in Manhattan Beach. She would drive her car down there almost every morning (from Hawthorne) for at least 20 years that I know of. Many, many of those years she would hook up with my mom, Olga Noor, and the two of them would walk together and in later years, she would drive my mom home. Only a few short weeks ago, Dorothy made an extreme sacrifice to leave the comfort of her residential center to be with my mom at her 90th birthday celebration here at our home. I know it meant a lot to mom that Dorothy was here, and I know that she was uncomfortable, but she made the effort. I will never forget her for that final, selfless gesture of love that she shared with my mother that day. On behalf of my mom and the Noor and Beisel Families, our deepest sympathy to the Family. The South Bay and Mankind has lost a priceless treasure.

  10. Dorothy was such a godly example to me of what it meant to walk with the Lord on a daily basis. What a blessing it was to know her. She left a legacy to all who knew her.

  11. Dorothy was a neighbor of mine for 6 years when I lived on 137Pl. She was always so kind and loving to me and my three children. I feel very blessed to have known such a lovely lady!

  12. I met Dorothy when i was working at Ralphs Market, i just loved talking to her and admired her very much, i was very sadden when i heard of her passing, she will be truly missed. God Bless You All.

  13. It was my privilege to work with Dorothy as a board member of Christian Business & Professional Women. What tremendous times of prayer we shared with Dorothy! Always the life of the party, her love for Christ transcended everything she said and did. Hers was a life well-lived, and to think that she’s with the Lord she loves, face to face—I know her heart must be overflowing with joy. I had to drop out of CBPW with the arrival of my children. Many years passed without my seeing Dorothy. Imagine my joy when, in visiting my mother-in-law, I found Dorothy had moved in to Sunrise Assisted Care! And she knew me right away! And her voice was so strong & filled with joy and excitement over every little thing! What a wonderful reunion we shared! In my heart, I feel that nothing was accidental—the Lord allowed us to share some laughter and joy one more time before he called her home. I know she blessed me, just seeing her again, and I can’t help but feel I had blessed her. I want to be like Dorothy when I grow up!

  14. I’m now 60, so I go way back with “Miss Martin” in 2nd grade. I have nothing but the fondest memories of this wonderful lady. She was an inspiration to me, and I tried to keep in contact with her through the years. She was such a vivacious and inspirational person, full of vim and vigor, as well as a wonderful woman of God. I will forever hold her memory special in my heart, as so many of her students, family and friends will. Well done, good and faithful servant.

  15. Thank-You, Lord, for the gift of Dorothy L.! As my brother already shared, Dorothy walked on the Strand for years with our Mom, and then, just at the beginning of July, made a huge effort to come visit Mom for her 90th birthday celebration. How like Dorothy – thinking of others, right up until the end. . .I’m SO glad I got to see her that day! A few days later, I called her at Sunrise to plan a time to go visit her, she was in a lot of pain and didn’t want to talk long, but she didn’t turn down my offer to pray for her, and by the time we hung up, she was her usual vibrant self. : ) Thank-you, Lord, for this precious woman of Yours who so reflected Jesus, and for touching my life through her!

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