Dawn Irene Crabtree

June 30, 1965 ‒ July 15, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Dawn Irene Crabtree, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  She was 52.

Dawn was born on June 30, 1965 in Marion, Ohio to Franklin Howard and the late Rita Gaither.  Dawn attended Marion Harding High School graduating in 1983.  Furthering her education, Dawn attended Marion Technical College and earned her Associates in Social Work.

Dawn had a profound love for the outdoors.  She enjoyed spending countless hours at the beach watching the waves come and go, while collecting seashells to decorate her bathroom and make wind chimes.  On more than one occasion, Dawn and husband, Adam, brought palms tree home to plant (with no avail).

Dawn worked for many years as a dedicated mail carrier for The United States Post Office and as a woman of faith attended Christ the Rock Church in Radnor, Ohio.

On August 11, 2012, Dawn married Adam Crabtree and welcomed his family into her life. Family was everything to Dawn; she loved her large blended family and made sure everyone felt valued and loved.  She could often be found doting over her grandchildren; spoiling them any chance she had.

In addition to her husband, Adam, Dawn will be deeply missed by her father, Frank; children, Heather (Paul) Nicolosi of Marion, Kody Clark of Marion, and Kelli Clark of Marion; stepchildren, Adam (Cole Johnston) Crabtree of Marion, Brittany Crabtree of Marion, and Brandon Crabtree of Marion; grandchildren, Brockton Laughrey, Anthony Nicolosi, Natalya Nicolosi, Kareem Crabtree, and Bre’asia Crabtree.  Also left to cherish her memory is niece, Shawna Bollinger; nephews, Brandon Bollinger and Cody (Nikki) Crabtree and their children; step-mother, Cathy (Bill) Lute AKA “Granny;” brother, Frank Howard Jr.; sister-in-law, Shannon (Rick) Ratliff; and lifetime best friend, Cindy Hopkins.

Dawn was preceded in death by her mother, Rita Bollinger and sister, Deana Rae Bollinger.

Memorial donation may be made in Dawn’s honor to Snyder Funeral Homes.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel from 4 until a 6 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Dale Baker officiating.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Dawn’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


  • I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the entire family. I grew up with the Howard’s on Orchard Street. She will be missed.

    Jennifer Holtz

  • Dawn you will be missed beyond belief. We had so many good times and been through some tough ones together. I could always count on you to be there and I will miss you dearly. Prayers for the family and hugs ❤️

  • My heart is broken for you all. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you. Tracy and Dave Clark

  • Loved Dawn…She was a “special loving person”. Will miss your smiling face friend. RIP

  • So sorry for your loss Adam! To her family and friends, not only did i know her from my Marion fam, but I also knew her as her route for the post office was by my work for years! We would run into each other from time to time and catch up. She was a special lady. My condolences on your loss.

  • My condolences to the entire family. Dawn was truly a lovely wonderful lady and will be missed.

  • I will miss your smiling face and your giving and loving heart. Rest in peace my good friend

    Angela, Anthony and
    Nicolas Williams

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Dawn’s children and family. She was loved by many and will be missed.

    Don & Teri Fout

  • My Friend you saved me from me you made me smile when there was no reason to you showed me a new road that was brighter and more beautiful you my friend will be so deeply missed but NEVER forgot. So as the scarecrow says I am gonna miss you Dorothy I LOVE YOU my FRIEND ❤️

  • So sorry for your loss . . Dawn will be missed by many . From what I seen in Dawn was her loving nature. RIP

  • I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Love and blessings go out to get family and friends. Love and blessings, Dawn Blue Raven

  • Heather and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. May the memories you shared with your mother turn your tears to smiles as the days and weeks go on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Carole Chiego

  • So many times I would say I will be there to see you and this goes to show don’t take for granted that someone will always be there….I will miss you every day and wish I would’ve visited you ….You were a beautiful person inside and out and I will forever remember the friendship you showed me all the years ago…. Fly with the angels Dawn .I love you.. Butchie

  • My closest childhood friend. We made it through some very tough times to find ourselves there again. One thing for certain, we both knew we would always love each other. Your whole life you searched for your own inner peace this I know, we just talked about this not long ago.. I wish it would have been here on earth, but I know God has you and you now have that peace. I will miss you always.. wish we had more time. Prayers especially for your Daddy, Frankie, Cathy, all the kids and all who truly loved you. One day we will get that beach together finally and we will have the best spot ever ~~ Rest easy ~~ I love you !