Delia Isabelle Miller Lawless died in her sleep Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at the age of 88 in Logan, Utah. She has been residing at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Jerry Willbur in Mendon, Utah, since 1999. She was born September 25, 1917, in Stockton, Tooele County, Utah, to John William Miller and Annie Margaret Hansen. Delia was the second youngest of 10 living children. She was raised in Sugarville and Delta, Utah, while her teenage years were spent in Spanish Fork, Utah. Upon graduation from Spanish Fork High School, Delia attended nursing school in Salt Lake City, Utah. After completing nursing school in 1938, she was employed at the veterans hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At the outbreak of World War II, she joined the Army Nurse Corps and was assigned to Fort Randall, Alaska, to care for troops stationed in the Aleutian Islands. She married Major Archie Edwin Lawless on May 22, 1943, in King Cove, on the island of Unalaska, part of the Aleutian chain, in the Territory of Alaska.
Archie served two years as the military governor in Akita in post-war Japan. Delia and their (then) two young children also accompanied him on the island. Upon completion of that tour of duty, they returned to the Lawless family farm in Napton, Saline County, Missouri, where they enjoyed raising six children as well as crops and animals. These days provided Delia with her greatest happiness, that of being a wife and mother. Delia's devotion to the growth and education of her children is underscored by her activist role in the founding of the Hardeman Grade School in Hardeman. She and her husband Archie were instrumental in establishing this school so that their children could have a hot lunch, running water and indoor facilities. She also served as the first school nurse. During this time, Delia maintained her nursing skills by working at the Missouri State School and Hospital in Marshall, Missouri. Upon retirement, Delia and Archie enjoyed many years of visiting various sites in the United States in an RV, wintering in Mesa, Arizona, and spending time there with her brothers and sister.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, who died April 19, 1997, in Marshall, Missouri, as well as a granddaughter.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. In lieu of flowers, Delia requested that donations be made to the Marshall Public Library for large print books and audio books.
The above is a paid obituary.