Ila Dawn Gressang passed away peacefully on Sept. 30, 2013. Dawn is survived by her sons Scott (Catriona) Parker and Kevin Parker, by her grandchildren: Kyle, Andrea, Alyssa, and Felicia; by her sisters Pam Crowell, Jacque Vowell, and Bonnie (Michael) Morrison; her brother Richard (Linda) Crowell; and her nieces and nephews: Thomas, Casey, Kye, Cassie, Paul, Erin, Alison, Laura, Beth, and Rick Jr. Dawn is predeceased by her parents Ila and Dick Crowell, formerly of NJ, FL, and the Canal Zone, by her husband Daniel Gressang, and her niece Jennifer. Dawn went to Neptune High School in NJ, but graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone in 1955. She graduated from Ann May School of Nursing at Fitkin Hospital, which is now Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ in 1959. Dawn was previously married to Howard Parker, with whom she had her 2 sons Scott and Kevin. Dawn later married Major Daniel Gressang who she knew in high school in the Canal Zone. They had a wonderful 10 years together before Dan passed away in 11-2006 of heart problems. Dawn was a very caring person with a great sense of humor. She loved to dance, go to concerts, bike ride, travel, and arrange flowers. Dawn sends a special note to Mel Wethered who had lived with her for 4 years and took great care of her during her illness, "Thank you, my love." A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Dawn's name to the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville Cancer Research at www.mayoclinic.org. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, 2013