Dawn Marie Kennedy Arb, 53, of West Jordan, Utah, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home after a long battle with asthma.
She was born in Bainbridge, Md., on Aug. 9, 1960, to Timothy Kennedy and Kathryn Landon.
Dawn attended Shelley High School and graduated in 1978.
Dawn married Richard Arb in 1980 in Salt Lake City. After a short period of time in Utah, they moved to Idaho Falls, where they raised their two children, Christine and Sheldon. In 1992, she was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. Dawn relocated with her husband to West Jordan, Utah, in 2010 to be closer to her grandchildren.
Dawn spent the majority of her career working with special-needs students and later went to work in the hotel hospitality industry. She spent the last years of her life doing what she loved most -- being a grandma.
Dawn was a mother and voice of reason to everyone who came into contact with her. She always had the perfect words to say. She welcomed everyone into her home with love and open arms. Her laugh was contagious, and you couldn't help but smile and be happy when she was around.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eula and Spencer Kennedy and James Baker, and stepfather, Max Landon.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard Arb of West Jordan, Utah; her children, Christine (Brandon) Turner of Bluffdale, Utah, Sheldon (Sheena) Arb of South Jordan, Utah, and Markus Farnsworth of Salt Lake City; five grandchildren, Kennidie and Kannen Arb, Kyson and Kennastyn Turner, and Zion Farnsworth; her mother, Kathryn Landon of Shelley; father, Timothy (Barbara) Kennedy of Buckeye, Ariz.; grandmother, Naomi Baker of Idaho Falls; three brothers, Rodney, Greg and Scott; four sisters, Laura, Rebecca, Pamela and Wendy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many others who she considered family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Shelley 1st Ward, 184 N. Park Ave. in Shelley. A viewing for friends and family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and for one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Condolences may be sent to www.premierfuneral.com or www.nalderfuneralhome.com.