In Memory of Mrs. Audrey Ann Hoffman Lawsonby Representative Al Green
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I would like to honor the memory
of a civil rights activist and spiritual exemplar of the Houston
community: Mrs. Audrey Ann Hoffman Lawson. With remarkable commitment,
Mrs. Lawson dedicated her life to helping others, especially the young
and the neediest.
Mrs. Lawson was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 20, 1932. Mrs. Lawson met her husband, Reverend Bill Lawson, in St. Louis after they exchanged over 600 letters, wherein she affectionately became known as ``Little Red.'' Married 61 years, Reverend and Mrs. Lawson reared one son and three daughters. They also founded the historic Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church as well as initiated and supported numerous programs to help the young [[Page E1813]] and disadvantaged. Mrs. Lawson served her community well as she promoted the power of faith and prayer. She will most assuredly be remembered for her leadership at the historic Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, helping to establish two charter schools, her support for the Ensemble Theater, and her immeasurable love for children.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Lawson will be missed dearly by a host of family and friends. The family includes her husband, four children (Melanie, Cheryl, Eric, and Roxanne) as well as her grandchildren. Mrs. Lawson will be celebrated and memorialized in the Houston community as a faithful Christian lady, wife, mother, and community leader.