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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mix-Up at Houston Funeral Home


When Bruce Lawson went to a south Houston funeral home to view his mother’s body after she passed away, he did not recognize her.  He said the mortuary staff assured him the woman was in fact his mother and she was subsequently buried in the grave of her late husband at Houston National Cemetery. 

Not long thereafter, staff at Mabrie Memorial Mortuary contacted him, saying a mistake was made at his mother’s funeral and the wrong woman had been placed in the casket and buried in the grave. 

It was later learned that Pearlie Deason was buried in place of Edna Lawson.  Deason’s body was exhumed and reinterred.  Edna Lawson was also re-buried after her family had a brief funeral service.  Both families are grieving the loss of their loved ones as well as the perplexity surrounding the funerals.  “It’s been a devastating situation.” 

The families are currently working with an attorney and plan to file a lawsuit against the funeral home.

See Dale Lezon, Women’s Bodies Mixed Up At Houston Funeral Home, My San Antonio, Aug. 8, 2014. 


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