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Dawn Ann Seaman Bailey

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Dawn Ann Seaman Bailey

St. George - Dawn Ann Seaman Bailey, granddaughter of Mormon immigrants, passed away July 5, 2018, at home, with her grandson James at her side. A pioneer in her own right, she forged a career in the early 1960s, modeling for her daughters and grandchildren a solid work ethic, love of freedom and independence, and appreciation for the arts and higher learning.

Dawn Ann was born August 1, 1926, in Cedar City to Frank and Lena Ipson Seaman, the youngest of 10 children and a twin to her brother Don Dee. As a child she spent her summers "on the mountain" near Cedar Breaks, where Frank was Ranger on the Dixie National Forest and an early proponent of Cedar Breaks National Monument. These idyllic summers inspired her lifelong appreciation for the unparalleled beauty of Southern Utah. Dawn Ann attended Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University) for two years, making friendships that lasted a lifetime.

Dawn Ann married her beloved Ronald J. Bailey, in 1950, and was widowed in 1961. Soon after Ron's death, she went to work at the University of Utah, eventually staffing a department chair and three deans in what is now the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students from around the world valued her good counsel, commitment to excellence, and friendship. She retired in 1993, after 30 years of service, and having been named to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. She had the opportunity to travel to 23 countries, hosted by former University colleagues in China and South Korea.

Dawn Ann died at 91 after a brief struggle with cancer. She leaves behind her daughters, Janeen Sheldon and Renee Fitzpatrick (Tim); four grandchildren, Claire Sheldon (Weston) Groll, James (Katie) Fitzpatrick, Joe Fitzpatrick, and Grace Fitzpatrick; five great grandchildren, Sean, Miles, twins Dylan and Drew Groll, and Iris Fitzpatrick; a sister, Alice Tuckett; and sisters-in-law Mary Jane Seaman, Helen Harmer, and JoAnn Davis.

Dawn Ann had an exceptional team at the end. The family especially thanks Lola Rivera, Rob Byrnes, Dan Trentman, the staffs of CNS Hospice and Danville Support Services, and a host of nephews and nieces for their loving care of our mother.

At Dawn Ann's request there will be no funeral or viewing. A graveside service for family and friends will be held on the eve of Mother's 92nd birthday, Tuesday, July 31, 4 p.m., Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive. A gathering will follow at the Cottonwood Country Club, 1780 E. Lakewood Drive, Holladay. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Dawn Ann Bailey Endowed Scholarship for Women in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah, PO Box 410481, Salt Lake City, UT 84141.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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