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Jessie E. (Hirst) LawellFree Access

Jessie E. Lawell (nee Hirst),

84, of North Ridgeville



Jessie E. Lawell (nee Hirst), 84, of North Ridgeville, passed away at her residence on Thursday January 13, 2022 following a short illness.  She was born February 1, 1937 in Muncie, Indiana and had resided in North Ridgeville for 50 years.  Along with her husband, she was the owner and operator of Draperies Plus in North Ridgeville for 18 years, which they founded in 1985.  Later, in 1997, she opened The Blue Barn, also in North Ridgeville, and operated it until 2019, when she retired.  Prior to opening her own business, Jessie worked in the Custom Home Decorating Department at J. C. Penney in Elyria.  For many years she was a board member of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce.  She was also a member of the North Ridgeville Visitor’s Bureau and actively participated in their North Ridgeville First Night Celebrations.  In 2008, Jessie received the Golden Kernel Award from the North Ridgeville Corn Festival Committee for her outstanding service to the community and for making North Ridgeville a better place to live.  In recent years, she enjoyed being a volunteer tutor and the “Head Lunch Lady” at the Bridge Avenue School in Cleveland.  Jessie E. Lawell is survived by: her beloved husband of 64 years, Thomas A. Lawell; two daughters, Melissa Ulicky and Christy King (Kevin), both of North Ridgeville; three sons, Thomas P. Lawell (Stacie) of Sunbury, John Lawell (Tina) of Copley and Joseph Lawell (Colleen) of Plainfield, IL; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jackie Giago (Tim) of Rapid City, SD.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, Doyle and Estelle (nee Voss) Hirst; and her brother, Samuel Hirst.  Jessie’s family are planning for a future memorial gathering to celebrate her life.  In lieu of flowers, they suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Bridge Avenue School, 5412 Franklin Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102, thebridgeavenueschool.com.  Liston Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, is serving the family.

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