Barbara E. Lawson, 81, of Brazil passed away June 25, 2005, at 12:35 p.m. at the home of her daughter. She had been battling cancer for several months.
She was born May 18, 1924, in Brazil, the daugher of Steve Gibbs and Florence Rose Gibbs.
As a young woman, she traveled around the United States working in factories during the war, and later learned the art of cooking for restaurants. She moved her family back to Brazil in 1965 and she began cooking at the Blue Bonnett and also at Adami's. She and her daughter Vicki started the restaurant at I-70 in 1970. She also cooked at Vicki's Family Restaurant in Greencastle. In 1997 she again followed her daughter in their next business venture, known as the Double N' Diner. She worked as a cook there up until her health began to fail. She was known as "Mom" to many of the staff and the patrons at the restaurant. She worked many long hours, but she did enjoy searching for antiques, going to auctions and refinishing furniture.
She is survived by daughter, Vicki New; three sons and one daughter in law, Larry and Linda Cobb, Ron Cobb and Fred Biermann all of Brazil; grandchildren, Troy Cobb, Bo Smith, Tony Miller, Beth Travis, Cinda Lee and Jack Biermann; and great-grandaughter, Shelby Lynn Cobb.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Private family services will be held. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The family suggests that memorial contributions in her honor be directed to the Clay County YMCA.
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