Dawn was born in Fresno and worked for the Fresno-Madera Dental Society. She succumbed to late stage breast cancer.

Dawn is survived by her daughter, Lauren Gouldy; her son, Dannon Bigham; grandsons, Ryder and Avery Gouldy; sisters, Debbie Newman and Diana Bockowski; and dad, Ted Messerlian.

She's loved by her nieces and nephews who still call her by the name they used as children, "Dawn-Dawn."

Son Dannon: My mom was perfect in my eyes. She was nurturing, optimistic and loving until her last days. I will always cherish her in my memories. Rest in peace my beautiful mother.

Sister Diana: Dawn, my beautiful sister was a rare and special person; she radiated kindness, intelligence, and a wonderful sense of humor. Dawn had a heart of gold - just a beautiful person inside and out. She will never be forgotten.

Dad: Dawn was a precocious child who became a beautiful, strong willed adult who lived life on her terms. The words of her favorite song are telling: "Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world..."

Donations to ; or Hinds Hospice.

Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 2, 2014