Dodge, Gwendolyn Ann Lavender
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65, died peacefully Wednesday morning, October 31, 2012. Gwen was born in Farmington, New Mexico in 1946. Her family moved to Mesa, Arizona when she was a young girl. She was married to Mike K. Dodge on September 29, 1967. Gwen & Mike shared the same birthday of Nov 16, 1946. They had two daughters, Rebecca & Heather, who were very close to their mother throughout her life. She was instrumental in the building of her husband and brother-in-law¹s successful electrical contracting company and worked there for over twenty years. Gwen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She loved to sing in the choir especially during the Christmas season. She loved her role as a Young Women¹s leader and was a positive influence to many youth throughout her years of service. Gwen had a love for music. She loved playing the piano and for many years enjoyed teaching it to various children and adults. Christmas was her favorite holiday. Family members reminisce about the beautiful and uplifting Christmas parties she would host year after year in her home. Gwen was loved by all who met her, whether they knew her for years or for only a couple of hours. She had a magnetic personality. She had a wonderful sense of humor, extremely witty, and the life of the party. It was always fun to be around her. Among many traits, she was known for her unconditional love for others. She was full of compassion and demonstrated this every day. Her generosity assisted countless family members, friends, and acquaintances. Many recall Gwen as a person, but the blessing she was in their lives is one that is a constant in everyone¹s memories. Gwen is survived by her husband Mike and her two daughters Rebecca & Heather, her older brothers Ira Lavender & Harvey Lavender and her younger sister Jeannine Lavender. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Nov 3rd at 1:00pm at the Brimhall LDS Church Building at 48th St & Southern in Mesa, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 2, 2012