DAWSON, Jeanne Rae 1924 - 2015
DAWSON, COLBURN, SMITH, KOEMIGUER, DAY, HODGES
Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 10/2/2017 at 22:49:35
Jeanne R. Dawson, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday, August 14, 2015.
In accordance with Jeanne’s wishes, her body will be cremated with a private memorial ceremony and burial at Clear Lake Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to Iowa Friends of Companion Animals or the North Iowa Humane Society.
Jeanne Rae Colburn was born in Clear Lake on February 20, 1924, to Earl Amos Colburn and Helen Mayo Smith Colburn. She graduated from Clear Lake High School and enjoyed living in Clear Lake her entire life.
Jeanne married, had three children—Lori Jeanne, Mollie Ann, and Steven Kirk Dawson. She later divorced. She is survived by her son, Steven Dawson (Tonya Morlan) of Ventura, and her daughter, Lori Day (Paul Koeniguer) of Des Moines. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Mindy Day-Hodges (Clinton Hodges) of Lake Arrowhead, California; and Corey Day (Ann) of Waukee, and great-grandchildren, Sydney and Nolan Day.
Jeanne will also be missed by her extended family which includes Nikki Medina (Ty Hedegard), Taylor and Hunter Boggs, and Avery Nolte; Anthony Medina (Jenn Anderson); Jennifer and Abel Rea, Noah and Emma; Joel and Ann Koeniguer, Colton and Cameron; Mark and Nancy Koeniguer, Grant and Nicole; Renee Koeniguer, Jessica and Sierra; Michelle and Wade Herrick, Kayleen and Caleb; and Larry and Kay Day.
Generations of Jeanne’s family have resided in Clear Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Helen Colburn, brother Robert Earl Colburn, and daughter Mollie Ann Dawson, who died shortly after birth.
A genuine love of animals was apparent across Jeanne’s life—from the many rescue dogs who lived well into old age under her care to the menagerie of other pets including monkeys, hamsters, parakeets, guinea pigs, a rabbit, rooster, and raccoon. Any animal that needed a home would quickly become a pampered member of the family.
A delicious cook and generous baker, Jeanne’s famous sugar cookies and potato salad were enjoyed by many. Jeanne always worked hard, took her responsibilities seriously, and was an advocate for the underdog. Early on she had a respect for the environment and true appreciation of nature. The high point in her work life was many friendships through Clearview Roller Rink. She had an amazing green thumb and was a beautiful floral designer employed by Ingersoll Flowers and Krieger’s Greenhouse.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to friends and caregivers whose conversations and visits brought her joy. Jeanne will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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