Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 25, 2012

School remembers student

By SUSAN TEBBEN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A woman who was called a hard worker, a dedicated mother and an enthusiastic student was honored with a memorial service at the Glasgow campus of Western Kentucky University, the same place where she was found dead one week ago.

The family of Trina Lawson, 36, of Glasgow, was among a crowd that filled the library at WKU-Glasgow on Thursday, sharing in the stories of the non-traditional student in her second year majoring in social work.

“She could see where she had come from and was proud to be taking an active role in changing the lives of her children,” said Van Robarts, quoting one of Lawson’s teachers at WKU.

Trina Lawson was found in the first-floor bathroom of the school on Oct. 19. The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for the day. An autopsy conducted Oct. 20 ruled out trauma as a cause of her death, but Barren County Coroner Mike Swift said it would be four to six weeks before the full report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office would be available, which would determine the cause of death.

Lawson had to overcome challenges since the beginning of her life, when she was born weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces, according to her mother, Roberta Eich. But through the adversity, Lawson persevered, Eich said.

“She got a GED and went further in life than anyone I’ve ever known,” Eich said after the memorial service. “She loved everybody and was always willing to take anyone in.”

Her best friend of 32 years, Angie Camp, flew in from the Seattle, Wash., area, where Lawson’s life began, for the funeral services and the memorial. She remembered many sides of Lawson.

“She had a little bit of a devil inside, but she was kind and compassionate,”

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