Janet Ann  Lawson
Janet Lawson
Janet Ann Lawson

April 3, 1934 - June 6, 2021
Born in Cooper, IA
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Janet Ann Lawson, 87, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center in Des Moines, IA. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at Iles Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private inurnment will be held at McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale at a later date.

Janet was born April 3, 1934, in Cooper, Iowa, to James and Mary (Condon) Baldridge. She graduated from North High School and married Bill Lawson on December 27, 1951 in Des Moines. They lived in Amarillo, TX and Wichita, KS while Bill served in the U.S. Air Force. They made their home in Urbandale where they raised their two children.

Janet worked at the Polk County courthouse, National Life Insurance and was a librarian at the Urbandale Library until retirement. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Urbandale Genealogy Society and many more committees with her husband.

Janet enjoyed many Hawaiian vacations with her husband Bill. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and great-great grandkids. Janet also enjoyed her weekly luncheons with her girl friends.

Janet is survived by her husband of 69 years, Bill, her children Julie Young of Johnston and William "Bill" (Ann) Lawson Jr. of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Ryan (McKenzie) Young, Emily (Jeff) Naylor, Kara (Bradley) Schaffer, William Lawson III, Brandon (Amanda) Young, and Patrick (Natalie) Lawson; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Norman Dean Baldridge, sister, Susan Ann Stoltze, and son-in-law, John Young.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Pius X Catholic Church or the Urbandale Library. Online condolences will be welcomed at





Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, June 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Memorial Service
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, June 10, 2021
11:00 AM


St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Urbandale Public Library
3520 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322