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Sara K (Kirkland) Lawley

February 21, 1943 ~ December 17, 2019 (age 76)


Sara K. Lawley, 76, of Marlborough, passed away after battling multiple cancers since 2001, Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Sara was born in Carbondale, PA to the late Dr. Herbert Donald and Vivian (Edwards) Kirkland. She grew up in Newburgh, NY. As a youth, she enjoyed her days spending time at the Powleton Club playing tennis and swimming with her brother. She attended school at Walnut Hill in Natick, MA, going on to college at Middlebury in Vermont. While attending Middlebury, she met Warren Lawley. They were married and moved to Middletown, CT in 1964 before settling in Marlborough, CT to raise their 3 sons and enjoy many beautiful summers on Lake Terramuggus. Sara never stopped living in spite of all that attacked her. Her will to survive and live was truly remarkable. She was a selfless woman, who always put her children before herself even if it meant she would have to go without. In 1979 until 1991, she went to work at the Marlborough Country Barn where she eventually became the manager of the hardware store creating her own paint colors that are still mixed. Sara then became involved in her son Jon’s company performing the accounting duties and running a “tight ship.” She continued to become an integral part of Atlantic Telecom where she continued her support and knowledge to her sons. Sara was an avid gardener and would always be willing to share her ideas with those who would ask. Sara was predeceased by her parents, Dr. H.D. Kirkland II & Vivian (Edwards) Kirkland, her stepmother, Gladys Kirkland, her sons Eric Kirkland Lawley and Jonathan Edward Lawley. She is survived by her son Kirk Lawley of Colchester, grandchildren Meredith & Jonathan Lawley of Seaside Beach, SC, Lucas, Chloe, Kara & Quincy Lawley and their mother, Janet Lawley all of Colchester, her brother Dr. H.D. Kirkland III and his wife Pon of Thailand, her precious cats and numerous friends. She had an unrelenting will to live and will be truly missed by all. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family would like to give special thanks to the caregivers at Hartford Health Care for their support. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in Sara’s name. The Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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