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Shirley Ann Ashway Lawver


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Shirley Ann Ashway Lawver Obituary
Shirley Ann Ashway Lawver
passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, in Los Angeles after a long
journey involving complications with Parkinson's Disease.Born May 6, 1939, Shirley was the daughter of Jeremiah Nicholas and Ruth De Wees Ashway of Abington/Jenkintown, Pennsylvania who owned and operated the International Silver Company and Fine Arts China Company, circa 1953- 1979.

Shirley, the oldest of four children, will be remembered as a warm, vivacious and sociable personality and as an endearing character to all who knew her. She graduated from Wilson College, Chambersberg, PA in spring 1963 and in August of the same year was married to LeeWayne Lawver (1938-2005). They were married for 43
years, and had two beloved children, Lee Christopher Lawver and Tricia Ashway Lawver.

Shirley started a career as an elementary school teacher in the Great Neck/Port Washington, New York area. In spring 1976 the family relocated to Southern California and for many years resided in the Los Angeles suburb of Palos Verdes Estates- until circa 2008.

Shirley worked for many years as a elementary school teacher, as a reading specialist teacher and as an assistant principal in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Shirley was also an early technology leader in the district. Her life'sworkwas to design and implement core curricula, guiding and instructing countless children and their families. Shirley always emphasized her value of higher education as a means to thrive. She had strong determination, the gift of empathy and the will to help others achieve, grow and succeed. She believed in progressive opportunities for everyone, children and adults.

Shirley was active in numerous philanthropies including the National Charity League, Los Angeles Chapter, and the Malaga Cove Plaza Neptune statue restoration project. She enjoyed long walks overlooking the Pacific Ocean at sunset on the cliffs of Palos Verdes and had a passion for family, motherhood, all the arts, traveling to New York City and many other destinations. She participated actively in the community. Shirley had many lifelong friendships with others. She will be sorely missed by many.

She is survived by her children: Lee Christopher Lawver, Los Angeles, CA, Tricia Ashway Lawver, Los Angeles, CA.

Additional Family:
Patricia Harbison (sister) and Joseph Harbison III (brother-in-law), Napa, CA; Kimberly Harbison (niece), Patrick Harbison (nephew), Sacramento, CA; Mary Ilo Clifford (sister), Lee Clifford (nephew) and Lee Ann Clifford (niece-in-law), Pamela Clifford (niece), Indianapolis, IN; Jerry Ashway III (nephew), Reading, PA; Jon Louis Lawver and Joan McKinney Lawver (brother-in-law and sister-inlaw) Timothy Scott Lawver (nephew-in-law), Jane Druelle Lawver (niece-in-law), Penn, CA; Jeanne Druelle Lawver Duran and Wiley Duran Esq. (sister-in-law and brother-in-law), Houston TX; Arthur Douglass Lawver and Susan Adey Lawver, (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Amy Lawver (niece-inlaw) and Doug Lawver (nephew-in-law), Bucks County, PA.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Feb. 23, 2017
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