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Independent Journal
Thursday, July 8, 1993

Audrey A. Lawson
Former pharmacy owner

Audrey A. Lawson of Mill Valley, former owner of the Lawson-Dyer Pharmacy, died Saturday, July 3,1993, at The Redwoods in Mill Valley. She was 81.

She was born in Kansas and grew up on her father’s ranch in Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Colorado.

“That was a rare thing for women in those days,” said her longtime friend, Lucy Simons of Greenbrae.

Ms. Lawson moved to San Jose in 1939, then on to Berkeley, where her parents lived while her father worked as a shipbuilder during World War II. The family moved to Mill Valley, and in 1948, she opened her own store, the Lawson Pharmacy.

“It was always very well-respected by the doctors and the people in town,” Simons said.

A few years later, Ms. Lawson formed a partnership with Wilma Dyer, expanding the store and renaming it the Lawson-Dyer Pharmacy.

In 1963, they sold the store, but it retains the same name and remains independent today.

She worked as hospital pharmacist at Marin General Hospital until her retirement at age 65.

Ms. Lawson was a member of the Church of Our Saviour in Mill Valley, served as president of the Episcopal Churchwomen and served many years on the altar guild.

She was a member and past president of the Outdoor Art Club.

She enjoyed playing golf, attending concerts and traveling.

She is survived by two cousins, Nellie Campbell of Cayucos and Marjorie Dixon of Albuquerque, N.M.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 10 Old Mill St., Mill Valley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were by Russell and Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley.

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