Oneida (Fisher) Sheffield Lawson

March 02, 1928 ‒ October 10, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Heaven has called another angel home.  Oneida (Fisher) Sheffield Lawson, age 92, of Mount Vernon left this life on October 10, 2020.  She was born in Coshocton, Ohio, Oneida lived in Mount Vernon, Ohio for over 85 years.  She was a 1946 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and was an active member and pianist at Mount Calvary Baptist Church for more than 60 years.  Oneida was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Surviving her are her five children–Gregg (Sandy) Sheffield, Karen Sheffield, Anika Debra Sheffield Harris, Ric (Ellen) Sheffield, and Lori (Shaun)Lawson Turner.  Oneida will also be missed by her 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Oneida was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Fisher and Bertha (Edwards) Fisher Hammonds, sisters Ina Mae Frederick and Mary Jane White, and husbands Sam Sheffield and George Lawson.

The family appreciates your kind thoughts and prayers and requests respect for their privacy during their bereavement.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Oneida’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or your local Hospice agency.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no funeral service.

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  • Karen and family,

    I was so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a very nice person and I know all of you will greatly miss her. May God’s blessings be with you.

  • Dear Family members:
    What a sweet and kind, wonderful person your mother was! Will always remember her beautiful smiling face.
    Praying God peace, love and His joy surrounds each of you and fills your hearts with precious memories , as you face the days that lie ahead.

    Ed & Nora Frazee (oldest daughter of Hazel Culbertson}

    • Thank you Nora: I know that Mom and Hazel were great friends for many many years. I’m glad that your mother and family was able to be a part of Oneida’s life.

  • Truly one of my FAVCORITE people…. ever.

    I have such fond memories of Oneida. She was always so sweet and kind, soft spoken and appreciative. She had such a big heart and a warm and wonderful demeanor.

    It was a pleasure to know and care for her. The world just got a little more sad and lonely (if that’s possible) now that she is gone. She touched our hearts and souls and our lives are truly enriched because of her.

    Blessings to her wonderful and supportive family, too.

  • Deb and families

    Sending my deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you on your Mothers passing. She was such a sweet lady. I remember her always saying hello to everyone when we all went to Hiawatha School.

    • Kim: Blessings to you for your kind words. Yes, mother would smile and say hello to everyone. That was a gift from God. Thank you again.

  • Ric, Ellen, and family:

    My sincere sympathy at the loss of your Mother.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and may wonderful memories comfort you in the days ahead.

    Roger Marra

  • Karen and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mother will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Lisa Jones and Family

  • Sheffield Family.My heart is broken from the passing of your Mother.I loved her dearly,she was so special to me,and I carry many memories of her and the times growing up I spent with all of you.My family sends their prayers and wishes that God will heal your hearts.Charles Bruce Scott

  • My heart is broken from the passing of your Mother.She was very special to me,and I loved her very much.I carry many memories of the times spent with your family and always counted myself as a member.Memories of her will remain with me for the rest of my life.My family sends prayers that God will heal your hearts.Charles Bruce Scott

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I used to live close to your family when all of you were kids. We use to play together sometimes. My name is Kay Green Miller. After we moved from Miami St. I lost contact with most of the people in that neighborhood. I always liked your mom. She was always nice to me and she was a very classy and pretty lady.

    • Kay: I remember mom always stretching out a kind and loving hand to all the neighborhood kids. And as I smile…Yes, she was pretty and classy! Thank You.

  • My condolences to the entire family of this remarkable woman. She was one of the sweetest, kindest and amazing women that I ever had the privilege to know. Treasure the many memories I know you have of her.

    • Janice: Thank you. Certainly, the family was blessed with a remarkable and amazing mother. Our memories are boundless and comforting. Peace

  • Dear Ric and Ellen,

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I got to know her when we both were involved in Church Women United. She was always so pleasant and a joy to talk to. She was a blessing for all. Laurel

  • We are sadden by the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Kindest Friend in the world, Helper to all in her need. Our prayers go out to all your Family. Hold her memories close to your hearts, she will be there always. We all Loved everything about her, so much to tell, but just know we are here for a purpose and , our Higher Power has called, Oneida home, her work is done, here on Earth. She is getting her just rewards and is at last, at rest and is watching over all of us at once now, Pray to her and Be Blessed we had her here for so long. May peace come over you all, from all of The Taylor’s large family.

  • Ric, Ellen, Karen, Tamara, Mick, Beto and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your enormous loss. May you find some comfort in the wonderful family your mother/grandmother created, the many people her life touched, and may her memory be a blessing to us all.

  • We are very sad to hear of the lost of Mrs Lawson, her inner beauty, most certainly radiate her outer beauty.
    I am so glad i got the chance to sit down with her and chat a while in my grieving moment.
    Thanks for opening up your home to me.
    I will never forget your kind words and your smile, laughter and playing the piano thru song with family.
    God has another precious 💖 😇.
    Rest well 💜

    • Joyce,
      Thank you for your kind words I am glad to know that you had got to know her at her best . She was definately a loving person to all .

  • What a gracious woman! I had the honor of a visit with her after George died. I worked at Hospice of Knox County then, and this was part of the ongoing care offered. I have reflected on that visit so many times and I savor the abundance of wisdom she generously offered.
    May grace and peace be multiplied to your family as you adapt to the loss of this amazing woman. May love and laughter be what you remember most!
    With sincere condolences,

    • Thank you Rachel for remembering the visit at her home. It was a time of support for her but she was always willing to give back her wisdom and knowledge. Thank you.

  • To the children of oneta Fisher Sheffield Lawson family I want to send my condolences to you of your dear precious mother oneta she was a beautiful wonderful Peaceable woman that I knew she always had a smile on her face whenever I saw her … she raised her children to be respectful of every person that they come in contact with and that reflects something on her what kind of person she was so yes she will be very very much missed from her children and other members of her family and friends may love and peace be with all during this difficult time …

  • Ric, Karen and family,

    So sorry for your loss! May your memories and love help you get through this difficult time.

  • Karen, Ric and Ellen, Greg and family,
    Your mother’s picture in the paper captured her wonderful smile and sweetness which always made me feel very special. My love and prayers to you all as you mourn your loss. You are not alone. Many blessings and much sympathy.
    Suzanne Parrish

  • Ric,

    Sorry to see of your mother’s passing. She must have been a good person. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Condolences to your whole family.

    Dave Pressler

  • Dear family members;

    I want to offer my sincere sympathy during this difficult time. I can only hope that each of you find healing. Oneida was a beautiful and sincerely kind woman.

  • To the Family.
    Please accept our sincere condolences of the transition of your Mother. Your Smiley Family in Kentucky have you in our thoughts snd prayers. May God give you strength and comfort.
    Peace and Blessings ❤❤⚘⚘

  • My deepest sympathy goes to my family. Can feel your pain and sorrow. She was an awesome woman and I will never forget the impact that she made in my life. Aunt Needee and uncle George, Andy Lewis and I…were bible studies…buddies…the God was put in me…and I say…thanks auntie for what you have done for me…you will never be forgotten. My love goes to All of your children in the time of loss. God bless All

  • WOW you guys I have so many memories of coming to you alls house, your mom ever smiling was always kind and sweet. Always made me feel at home. WOW my thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Mt. Calvary Heritage Preservation Center:
    To the family of Onida (Fisher) Sheffield Lawson
    Many praysrs surround you.

    Isaiah 65:24
    We are praying that you will be touched with the Peace of God’s Presence, and the Comfort of His love, and the Gentleness of His caring.

  • Karen & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Vickie & I lost our mother a year & a half ago & as we have a void in our hearts, we do cherish the many many wonderful memories that we will never forget. So, please hold on to those wonderful memories that you have made w/your wonderful mother over the years.

  • She was an Angel on Earth and now, she is an Angel in Heaven! I will always remember her kind eyes and gentle smile!
    Her legacy will continue, as she raised her children to be kind, gentle, and loving!
    To Greg, Karen, Anika, Rick, and Lori…,your mother will always be with you…you will feel her love every time you ho through a tough time!
    Terrin McKelvey

  • I am so saddened to learn of the loss of this remarkably wonderful woman, the matriarch of your remarkable family. Gregg, Karen, Ric, Anika and other family members, my sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We are sorry to just be hearing of the loss of your amazingly wonderful, Godly, loving, accepting, joyful, delightful, beautiful, classy mother. The memories of bible study with Karen, Anika and Mother brought such love and laughter. It was a privilege to be among the ladies.

    Ric and Greg, mothers bring a special connection for their sons. Please know you are included in our prayers as you travel through this transition of loss.

    She remains in our memories while we wait to be reunited.