Dawn Ren'ee Parker passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 9, 2014, in Anchorage. Dawn was born at Bassett Army Hospital on Sept. 20, 1973. She was raised in Fairbanks, with her parents and sisters. She graduated with the class of 1994 from Lathrop High School. Dawn's first love was sharing her natural talent for arts, crafts and cooking with the children of family and friends.
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Dawn was also passionate about her animals. She was known for rescuing animals and providing for them. She rescued her first dog when she was five years old, and the dog lived until he was 21 years old. She loved animals so much that she even spent $495.95 on a vet bill for a chicken. When her father brought home an injured pigeon, she went so far as to amputate its leg to save its life and nursed it back to health. Dawn enjoyed doing many things throughout her life but above all she loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Dawn was greeted in heaven by her great-grandparents, "Daddy" Cliff and "Mama" Dean, and David and Jessie Iokienna; her grandparents, "Pau-Pau" Odell Parker and "Grannie" Fannie Killian; her grandmother, Fanny Iokienna; her uncles, James Coghill, Art Trott, Jim Frye, Ricky Tocktoo, and Bill Miller; her cousin, Auka Nayokpuk; her two best friends, Jeremiah Miller and Jana Miller, and her longtime service dog, Lyeska.
Dawn is survived by her "Grannie" Pat Parker; her parents, Jerry and Carol Parker; her younger sisters, Bernadette (Warren) Giuchici , Denise (Richard) Mandregan, Philene (Cory) Rassmussen, Lindsay Hisler, and Maria McClure; her nephews, Quinton and Garrett Giuchici, Colton and Camden Hisler, and her nieces, Marrissa and Celisa Mandregan, Ashlyn, Hailee and Kyra Rassmussen, Cloey and Trinity Backman; her best friend and second-family, Aliza Miller, and parents, Ron and Rivka Miller, and best friend, Cynthia Turvey, and children, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A potluck style service will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 19, at the home of her parents, Jerry and Carol Parker. For directions please contact 457-1680. In lieu of flowers/donations, Dawn would have appreciated your donation to Bird Treatment & Learning Center at 7800 King Street, Anchorage, AK 99501.
Published in Daily News-Miner from July 16 to July 19, 2014