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Cheryl L. (James) Lawson

June 21, 1956 ~ November 23, 2021 (age 65)


Cheryl (James) Lawson – Salem, NH

Cheryl (James) Lawson, age 65, passed away at High Pointe Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 following a hard fought battle with cancer.

Cheryl was born in Bridgeport, CT on June 21, 1956 to Lorrene (Fitzsimons) and Leroy James. Cheryl was the youngest of three siblings.

Cheryl married the love of her life, William “Bill,” on July 1, 1978. They were married for 41 years until Bill’s passing in 2019. Cheryl spent the majority of her life creating a loving home and raising her three children and ultimately helped to raise her grandchildren.

Cheryl will be most remembered as kind, generous and loving. Cheryl never met an animal she did not immediately love and want to keep. She enjoyed spending time talking to friends and family, watching crime TV and wrestling. Cheryl was extremely dedicated to her family, near and far, and would do anything to help and support, even just to lend a listening ear.

Cheryl was predeceased by her loving husband Bill, her parents, Lorrene and Leroy and her brother, David James. Cheryl will be deeply missed by her children, Tara Della Croce and her husband Andrew, Robert Lawson and his wife Jennifer, and Matthew Anderson and his husband Ryan. Known affectionately as “Mimi”, she will forever live on in her grandchildren, McKenna Lawson, Harper and Rory Della Croce, Angel Ortiz and Zavion Anderson. She is also survived by her nephew, Charles Sturtevant, who she contributed to raising. Cheryl is also survived by her sister, Lorrene D’Urso of Londonderry, NH, who provided exceptional support and care for Cheryl during her cancer fight.  Her sisters-in-law, Mary James, Elaine Young and Deborah Lawson. She leaves behind loving aunts and uncles, Anna Mae Canell, Ron Fitzsimons and Adele Fitzsimons.  Cheryl also leaves many nieces and nephews, who she adored. In addition to her loving family, Cheryl also became a staple in the lives of her children’s friends especially, Erin Schofield, with whom she would often schedule afternoon tea with and always enjoyed a deep belly laugh with.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 4 to 7pm at Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, NH. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:30 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem, NH.

The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation for the staff at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA for their unwavering support during the last week of Cheryl’s life. Memorial contributions may be made to High Pointe Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Please visit for directions or to sign the online guest book.

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November 30, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Service
42 Main Street
Salem, NH 03079
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Funeral Service
December 1, 2021

10:30 AM
Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Service
42 Main Street
Salem, NH 03079
Guaranteed delivery before the Funeral Service begins


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

High Point Hospice House
360 North Ave, Haverhill MA 01830

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