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Dawn Marie Sawyer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dawn Marie Sawyer, 71, dear wife and dedicated mother entered the home of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church followed by burial in Forest Hill/Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W. Linwood, Kansas City, MO where the Rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m.

Dawn was preceded in death by Francis, her husband of 47 years. She was born in Oneonta, N.Y., on June 5, 1932, and moved to Bennington where she met dad. Dawn had such a rich and full life.

While Dad was a pilot in the Army, she held down the fort of six kids and experienced 21 moves in 20 years. We lived in Hawaii and New York and many places in between. Dawn was a proud member of the Gold Star Wives of America. When dad started his second career as a lawyer, mom was his legal secretary. She was very proud to be an English major graduate of UMKC in 1979. Mom was always so involved and so wanted to help her family. Her last profession was as a proofreader for her two court reporter daughters. She loved the legal profession and read some very interesting trials and depositions. She’d also give us regular updates on the latest Court TV trial. Towards the end, though, Fox News had her attention.

She was up on the latest everything (that’s providing NASCAR wasn’t on). She loved reading The Kansas City Star and wrote many letters to the editor. She took many trips but said she was never so happy as when she was pulling back into her own driveway.

Dawn faced her various health problems with cheerfulness and courage. She was a kind, caring, and generous soul. I asked mom how she was named “Dawn.” Her hometown newspaper printed the 10 most beautiful words in the English language and that’s where her parents got that beautiful name.

As Dawn was slipping away the family heard her say “Montana” several times. We all agreed it’s a beautiful state but were perplexed. It dawned on us she was thinking of her favorite charity, a Native American Catholic school of about 700 students of the Cheyenne and Crow people. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Labre Indian School, Tongue River Rd, Ashland, MT 59004, Web site: www.stlabre.org or to St. Peter’s Parish.

Dawn is survived by her six children, James Sawyer, Nancy Fox and her husband, Daryl Fox, Mary Ann Sawyer, Rosemarie Sawyer-Corsino and her husband, Al, Susan Annett and her husband, Todd, and her dearest and closest friend, Maureen Humphreys, all of the Kansas City area, and son Mike Sawyer, of Osage Beach, Mo.; and nine grandchildren: Tara, John, Alex, Joel, Nick, Sarah, Christopher, Carmen, and Dan.

Arrangements by McGilley Midtown Chapel.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 19, 2003
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