WINCHESTER, N.H. - On Tuesday (4-22-14) about 10 p.m., Helen Dawson of Winchester slipped into the presence of her Lord whom she loved.
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She was born in Gaithersburg, MD, March 5, 1925 to Benjamin and Vergie (Mobley) Beavers.
Helen leaves three sisters, Elizabeth Lopez (deceased), Ruth Murray of Frederick, MD, Joan McNeil and her husband Mac of Berlin, MD; a daughter, Wanda Neipp and her husband Robert; a son, John Dawson and his wife Linda; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Dawson and his wife Reanna of Grand Rapids, MI, Nicole Williams and her husband Paul of Bowie, MD, Michael Neipp and his wife Patti of Dublin, PA, and Daryl Neipp and his wife Tina of Avon Lake, OH; nine great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and Buttons, the family cat, who she loved dearly.
As a deaf child, Helen attended Kendall School for the Deaf at Gallaudet in Washington, D.C.
She was married to Charlie Dawson, also deaf, for 45 years. Helen used American Sign Language (ASL) for the deaf and also read lips well.
Helen retired after working for 30 years for the Federal Government in the Washington, D.C., area. Some of the things she enjoyed were gardening, sewing, family and grandchildren. She was blessed to be able to contribute to the education of her grandchildren. Helen also enjoyed being part of a small town and owned her own home in Winchester before moving in with family.
Helen was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Vienna, VA, for many years and part of the church family of Northfield Baptist Church in Northfield, MA. Helen accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior in her 30's and began her lifelong journey with the Lord. A favorite hymn was "Amazing Grace," "I once was lost, but now I'm found." Until her later years, she enjoyed reading her Bible and watching Dr. Charles Stanley on television.
We are very thankful to Dr. Andrew Tremblay and his staff at Cheshire Medical Center for their care over many years. The Winchester Ambulance crew has been wonderful, as well as Home Health Care and Hospice staff and Meals on Wheels. Most of all, Dawn Welshman and the team for the interpreter program for the deaf at the hospital have been so caring and professional over the years.
Services will be Tuesday (4-29-14) at the Northfield Baptist Church, 87 Main St., in Northfield, MA, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Charles Bordinero officiating. There will be a calling hour from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will follow in South Parrish Cemetery, South Parrish Road in Winchester, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Interpreter Program, c/o Cheshire Health Foundation, 580 Court St., Keene, NH 03431.
Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA, is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or for directions, please visit: www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
Kidder Funeral Home
1 Parker Avenue
Northfield, MA 01360
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 25, 2014