In the beginning God said, "Let there be light," and there was. Yet it would appear that this world was still void of a different kind of light. So it goes ... on November 15, 1911 God with his His infinite wisdom sent this dark and dreary world Magnolia Shivers Lawson. She was born in North, South Carolina to Johnny Shivers and Nettie Lavenia Murph Shivers. She outlived all 8 of her siblings. Magnolia knew pain and discomfort at an early age. Her mother passed away when she was four years old. She was raised by her grandmother and an aunt until her father remarried. Magnolia worked very hard on the family farm. Her motto for life was, "work hard." She attended school in North, South Carolina. She came to Philadelphia, Pa. at the age of 23. She got a job right away as housekeeper. She worked for many families throughout the city. She worked very hard and trusted and depended on God all the time. Magnolia met and married Aaron Lawson. She gave birth to one daughter Judy.
Magnolia joined Miller Memorial Baptist Church in 1936. She always had a very humble, quiet spirit. She attended the Adult Sunday School Class and was a dedicated member of the Missionary Ministry. She loved helping people. She inherited this gift from her father who was always showing love and compassion for others.
In 1952, Magnolia and her husband purchased a home in the 1600 block of North Dover Street. All of the neighbors were drawn to her, especially the children. She quickly became the honorary "Block Mother." Everyone respected her her kind spirit. The children loved to ring her doorbell to get candy, soda, juice, and other snacks.
Later in life Magnolia attended Carter's School of Beauty Culture at night. She graduated and became a licensed beautician. She enjoyed making hair look beautiful.
Magnolia was a real serious Philadelphia Phillies fan. She loved baseball with a passion. She would always go to the games at Connie Mack Stadium on Ladies Day for a cost of fifty cents.
About ten years ago Magnolia moved to Somerdale, NJ with her daughter and family. She was cared for and loved beyond measure. She was the "Queen" of the home. All the neighbors learned to love her.
Magnolia is survived by her daughter Minister Judy Williams, son-in-law, Minister James E. Williams, grand-daughter, Sharon, great grandson, Kyle, Nephews Hal Willard, Robert, Donald, and Warren McMichael, Michael Shivers. Nieces Valerie, Sue, Dorothy, and Denise. A host of extended family, cousins and friends.
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