HARVARD — Marie K. Lawton, 96, for over 60 years a resident of Harvard, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1911, in the home of her parents, Edwin and Augusta Keene in Elizabethtown, Pa. She was the oldest and last surviving sibling of four. After graduating from Elizabethtown High School in 1929, she graduated from Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1934. She took additional post graduate training to become a nurse anesthetist.

In addition to private-duty nursing, she worked at North Shore Community Hospital in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., where she met her late husband, Benjamin F. Lawton, dental resident from Tufts Dental School. They married April 17,1938. After completion of his service in the Army Dental Corps during World War II, they settled in Harvard.

Known for her strong awareness of others, care-taking and giving, she devoted much time to her family, grandchildren, friends and others. Amongst other agencies, she was active in the Federated Church of Ayer, the Garden Club and Women’s Club of Harvard, and the Nashoba Hospital of Ayer where, in the old coffee shop, she served her well-loved and scrumptious blueberry and apple pies.

Survivors include two sons, Benjamin F. Lawton Jr. and his wife, Claudette, of Goshen, Vt., and Edwin R. Lawton and his wife, Lynn, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Linda L. Berkowitz and her husband, David A. Berkowitz, of Newton; sisters-in-law, Ruth Lawton, of Ayer and Bertha Lawton Blondell, of Apple Valley, Calif.; five nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Ayer on Sunday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Nashoba Nursing Service, Ayer Road, Harvard, Mass., or the Nurses’ Alumni Association, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 130 South 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.