Denise Lawson


Denise Gwen (Smith) Lawson, at 61 years of age, left this world and transitioned to her heavenly home with Jesus Christ on Friday, June 24, 2022. Denise was born to Freddie and Erma Lee Smith at Grant Hospital in Columbus, OH. Denise was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of 16 and is described by our mother as her “spiritual child”.

Denise worked in the healthcare field most of her adult life. She lived the majority of her early years in Piqua then moved to Columbus, where she met and joined lives with her best friend, Ricky Scott Lawson, with whom she shared 38 years of marriage.

Denise is preceded in death by her infant son, James Scott Lawson; half-sister, Estella Jean Smith, and half-brother, Freddie Smith, Jr.

Denise leaves to cherish her memory, parents, Freddie and Erma Lee Smith; four children, Nathan LaDaniel (Stephanie) Smith of Zanesville, Dashawn Maurice Smith of Cambridge, Christina LaNell Lawson of Columbus, and Uhara Nicole Lawson of Cleveland; siblings, Todd Jeffrey Smith of Columbus, Ivan Jay Smith, Sr. of Zanesville, Tina Smith-Anderson of Pickerington, and Dawn Marie Smith of Columbus; 16 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Denise played a big part in each of our lives and will be deeply missed.

Visitation 12:00pm and Funeral 1:00pm Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Grace Apostolic Church, 1743 E. Lakeview Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Lisa Collier-Redic

    Your family is in our prayers cousins❤️

  2. DJ Zielienski

    Is this the Miss. Denise Lawson who worked at Lucent Technologies?
    Thank you

  3. Charlotte C DANCY

    Condolences to the entire family of Denise Lawson. I worked with her many years and found her to be a loving, caring, spiritual being. She will be greatly missed but remain in our fondest memories.

  4. Condolence to the family of Denise Lawson;
    Dee I can’t believe I am sending this to your family. Dee will be missed never forgotten.
    Heavenly Father bless and protect this family
    during this difficult time.
    Praying for the family and friends of D. Lawson

  5. Heartfelt condolences to the family of Denise Lawson. I worked with her for years at Lucent and always respected her knowledge and enjoyed her company. She was truly an exceptional person. Dedicated and cheerful, she helped a lot of people.

  6. So sorry again for the loss of Denise , I love y’all Nate , Shawn , Chrissy and Banger keeping y’all entire family covered in prayers ❤️

  7. Tracey Russell

    Sending my prayers and condolences to you and your family

  8. Cynthia Emerson Hines

    Prayers to the Lawson family ! May God strengthen you thru these hard times!

  9. On behalf of the Bunch family we want to send our prayers out to the family. Sending our beloved condolences and uplifting prayers to the Lawson family. Uhara you are in our prayers ❤

  10. Janis Roberts

    Praying for my family in the loss of my niece, Denise. Sending condolences, ❤️ love and prayers.

  11. Rosalind Jordan

    We are praying for peace and comfort for the entire Lawson & Smith family.
    Deacon Joseph & Rosalind Jordan & family

  12. Sharleia Lyles

    I’m sending my condolences to my cousins, and my Uncle Ricky, Im so so so sorry that Im not there with you to say my last goodbye to Aunt Denise, you all will be in my continuious prayers, I love you all. Daddy, greet her with open arms.

  13. Mamie Barhorst

    I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers

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