Priscilla H. Carter Lawton, 84, of Friendship, died on May 7 after a long illness. She was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Bremen and grew up on Bremen Long Island, the youngest child of Norman Abdon Carter and Clara Genthner Carter.
Priscilla graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1949, and moved to South Portland to attend cosmetology school where she met her husband James. Priscilla enjoyed sewing, embroidery and knitting and made many quilts and beautiful sweaters for her family and three grandchildren.
Priscilla and James raised their family in upstate New York but always considered Friendship “home” and made an annual pilgrimage to see her family. Priscilla worked as a hairdresser and homemaker while raising their family, and enjoyed rooting for the Syracuse Orange basketball team throughout the long winter months. After retirement they moved to Florida to enjoy the weather and became avid square dancers.
She is predeceased by sisters, Anne and Dorothy Benner; brother, Burton Carter; and niece, Patricia Benner Howe.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James of Friendship; children, Bruce and Arlene Lawton of Inverness, Fla., Joan Lawton of Scarborough, and David and Melody Lawton of Cazenovia, N.Y.; grandchildren, Nolan Scheemaker of Cambridge, Mass., Emilia Scheemaker of Scarborough, and Megan Lawton of Cazenovia, N.Y.; and first great-grandchild, Arthur James Scheemaker. She is the beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews from Friendship and Vinalhaven.
A memorial service in her honor will be held on Sun., May 21 at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Friendship.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Friendship Library.