Place of Service
Community of Christ Church
Time of Service
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Place of Visitation
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
Time of Visitation
Monday, beginning at 2 p.m.
Family will receive friends 7-8 p.m.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Liberty Hospital Hospice
Nola Irene Dawson
Nola started her education in a one room schoolhouse and later attended Lamoni High School, where she graduated at the top of her class in 1936, earning a teaching certificate. She was baptized in the R.L.D.S. church and received her patriarchal blessing as a young woman.
She married Gerald Rex Dawson on August 25, 1938 in an outdoor ceremony on Big Creek Hill with her older sister Ruby Blatt Cracraft as Matron of Honor. Nola had one other older sibling, Raymond Floy Blatt, who passed away as an infant of pneumonia. Gerald and Nola made their home on a farm east of Lamoni. The marriage was blessed with six children, Linda Kay, Bonnie Jean, Judith Ann (Judi), Gerald Rex Jr. (Jerry), William Arthur (Billy), and Katherine Susan (Kathy). Billy died in 1955 in a barn fire at age 5. Afterwards the Dawson family moved into Lamoni where Kathy was born. The family attended the Davis City R.L.D.S. church where all their children were baptized. Nola and Gerald remained active members until its closing.
Nola was an extraordinary mother and homemaker. To supplement the family income, she babysat out of her home and was much beloved by the children she looked after. Later, she worked in the laundry at Graceland College. While her children attended Graceland, she made large batches of doughnuts and home-made chili for their friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Gerald; her sister, Ruby Cracraft and brother, Raymond Floy Blatt; and her son, Billy.
Survivors include her children: Linda & Raymond Sams of Sibley, Missouri; Bonnie & Bruce Krudis of Canyon Country, California; Judi & Bill Faunce of Independence, Missouri; Jerry and Marcia Dawson of Northville, Michigan; Kathy & Brad Walters of Iowa City, Iowa. Surviving grandchildren: Susan & Jim McAfee of Independence, Missouri; Stephanie Smith of Independence, Missouri; Jeremy & Merry Sams of Sibley, Missouri; Todd Krudis of Canyon Country, California; Brad & Rhonda Hood of Marshalltown, Iowa; Cory Hood of Des Moines, Iowa; Todd & Debbie Faunce of Lamoni, Iowa; Jackie Neach of Nolensville, Tennessee; Tim & Lucinda Faunce of Palmyra, Nebraska; William Dawson of Northville, Michigan; Heather & Jimmy Grinnell of Concord, North Carolina; Natasha & Jason Coyne of Madison, Wisconsin; twenty Great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews and other relatives and friends.
She has left us a rich history in her prose and stories of growing up on Big Creek Hill in Ringgold County, west of Lamoni. Nola was an inspirational woman. Not only was she deeply religious, but truly was a leader purely by example. She viewed life with optimism and humor. She enjoyed writing poetry, studying scripture and watching the Hawkeyes play sports, especially football.
Nola leaves behind a legacy of a righteous and selfless existence, but most importantly, in her example of living with a bright outlook and sparkling sense of humor.