Delores was born May 3, 1930, the daughter of Floyd and Verna (Girton) Lawson, in Harmony, Ind.
She was part of the Van Buren graduating class of 1948.
Following high school, she went to work as a bookkeeper for Mace Tire and Battery in Brazil.
Delores married Lester Howald Sept. 23, 1950.
Following working for Mace Tire and Battery, she went to work for Community Action Program of Clay, Owen and Putnam counties. Then, she went to work for WWCM Radio Station as a bookkeeper. After working for the radio station, she went to work for Lynch's John Deere Dealership in Knightsville as a bookkeeper until she retired.
Delores is a member of the Community Missionary Church in Brazil, and also had been a member of the Harmony Community Church.
She was a member of the "Harmony Harmonaires," Harmony Women's Missionary Group, Harmony Good Samaritans and a weekly bowling league in past years.
She enjoyed swimming with family and friends, her dogs, watching IU basketball and the Indianapolis Colts, along with NASCAR races, and going to the Indianapolis 500 races for years.
She also enjoyed going to Florida with her family. She loved entertaining family and friends, especially during the holidays, and being a grandma.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bill Lawson and Dale Lawson, and sister-in-law Doris Lawson.
Delores is survived by her husband Lester Howald, son Ron Howald and wife Nancy, Brazil, daughter Sue A. Tucker, Center Point, grandchildren Cody Tucker and wife Amy, Brazil, and Brittney Tucker, Center Point, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Delores' service will be Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Pastor Kenny Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 12, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in her remembrance.