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Lydia J. Lothson
(07-02-1934 - 01-29-2016)

Lydia J. Lothson, 81 of Hampshire passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Huntley, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 2, 1934 in River Grove, IL the daughter of Herbert & Lois (Gates) Awe. She graduated from Leyden High School in 1952. Lydia married William Roberts in 1954. Lydia and William had four children together and lived for many years in Spring Grove, IL on a farm where they enjoyed raising their kids and being active participants in the horse community showing quarter horses. Lydia eventually made her home in Hampshire, her hometown where she was able to provide a loving home and safe place for her kids. Lydia enjoyed a career with Playschool and Essex Products in Hampshire as an HR administrator and then spent many years as a realtor. Lydia’s life was filled with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. She cherished their love and kindness and was so very proud of each of them. Lydia lived life fully and completely with unparalleled energy and strength.
She is survived by her children: Diana (Ed) Mikelski of Cary, Shelby (Andy) Becker of Huntley, Bill (Danielle) Roberts of Hampshire, and Patty (Scott) Watson of Byron; her “favorite daughter” Laura (Henry) Sharp-Schoenberger; a sister, Lillian (Bob) Miller; and foster daughter Maureen Wiley of Rockford; 11 grandchildren, Hallie, Melissa (Jeremy), Luke (Shanell), Courtney, Jake, Meggi, Trevor, Lane, Seth, Jack and Wyatt; 2 great grandchildren (and one on the way) Remy and Aven Becker; extended family and friends. Lydia was preceded in death by her parents, brother Herbert Awe, nephew Greg Miller, niece Kathleen Buerer, and dear friend Rosemarie Budnick.
There will be a celebration of Life held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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