Doris Lawn

Obituary of Doris E. Lawn

Mom and Grandma and Great Grandma Doris Elaine Wright was born to Victor and Marie Ellen Wright in Hume, Allegheny County, New York. She grew up alongside her siblings, Harold, Les, Jerry, David, and Lois, where they shared the best of times as mischievous, fun-loving kids in farm county. Her sister Lois taught her important advice - to always be tough in life and make your own way. She learned independence from an early age, as she lived on her own since she was 17 years old, making friends at a flat in the Buffalo YWCA. Doris met her husband Bernard (Bernie/Bunzy) from Dubois, PA while set up on a blind date by future sister-in-law Aunt Becky. Upon marrying Bernie, Doris converted to Catholicism and was an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society with St. John Paul II Parish. The two shared 62 years of marriage with their children Andy, Timmy, Connie, and Danny. Doris raised the kids while Bernie worked for Ma Bell (AT&T) as a lineman who preferred working overtime in the worst of buffalo storms over the challenging times at home with the kids. Doris worked as a women’s clothing consultant at AM&A’s and The Bonton in Downtown Buffalo. When Bernie's Union was on strike, the kids helped him labor at the brickyard for extra cash, while also learning how to catch and clean fish together. Doris told us that the family was literally down to their last dollar before Bernie’s strike ended, and they were proud to have never accepted handouts from the Government or the Union. Doris was a wonderful caring mother of her children and understood that raising kids took great patience through their youthful transgressions; they would eventually find their own way in highly respectable professional careers. Getting together with family was essential to Doris, as she loved family reunions at Chestnut Ridge, Machias Town Hall, and Letchworth State Park, and vacations every summer to Allegheny State Park, Clear Lake, or Disney World, then to Bernie’s investment properties in Conewango Valley and Cherry Creek. Doris and Bernie also enjoyed trips with senior groups as far away as the Florida Keys, the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, and Europe. Doris always made the holidays special for her family by decorating Christmas trees freshly cut by Bernie and the kids with many angels or bringing her potato, jello, or layered salads to gatherings. Doris would later enjoy becoming a grandmother of eight – Maggie, Anna, Mathew, Alex, Tommy, Sam, Logan, and Katie, and a great-grandmother of Graham. Doris enjoyed fishing, golfing, crocheting, and collecting owls for their wisdom in her free time, and just this year won the senior center’s cornhole championship. Doris was a dedicated wife and mother and will be missed dearly. She would want everyone to live by the motto “Live, Laugh, Love” just as she did. Lawn, Doris E. of Lake View peacefully entered into rest May 10, 2022. Beloved wife of Bernard C. Lawn; devoted mother of Andrew, Timothy, Connie, and Daniel Lawn; cherished grandmother of eight with one great-grandson; also survived by 3 loving brothers, as well as nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Doris was a dedicated member of the Altar and Rosary Society with St. John Paul II Parish in Lake View. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 3rd 2022, at 10:30AM at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View, NY 14085. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. For online condolences, please visit