Evagene S. Dawson

March 19, 1930 ‒ April 08, 2015

Johnsville, Ohio

JOHNSVILLE: Evagene Dawson made such good camper pies because they merged her love of the out-of-doors with cooking. Whatever she filled the buttered bread with and placed in the pie irons turned into a delicacy. She had that effect on most every kitchen ingredient. Evagene was a darned good cook in addition to being a loving mother.

Evagene, formerly of Johnsville, passed away Wednesday morning April 8, 2015 in Morrow County Hospital in Mt. Gilead. She was 85.

The daughter of Dewey and Vera (Bishop) Strong, Evagene was born March 19, 1930.

It was at a square dancing event in Johnsville that Evagene first met her future husband Richard Dawson. In 1947 on a special July 4, Evagene and Richard began a marriage that lasted 65 years. Richard passed away in 2013.

Upon retirement, Evagene and Richard moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida, where she worked part-time with Merrita Bakery. After 12 years in Florida, they moved back to Ohio to be closer to family.

Evagene was a lady who loved everything outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, canning (she canned everything from their garden!), taking her family camping and making homemade ice cream. She especially enjoyed watching for birds to come to her birdfeeders.

She is survived by her daughters Mary Ann (Glen) Ruhl of Iron Station, North Carolina, Sharon (Terry) Manley of Mt. Gilead, and Eugenia  (Phil) Williams of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren Rich Manley and his fiancée Stacie, Mindy (Doug) Sinclair, Candy Richardson, Rosie (Tommy) Whitman, Travis Williams and his fiancée Cortney; great grandchildren Kaylee and Kasidee Sinclair, Katie, Nick and Michael Richardson; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her loving husband Richard, she was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson Guy Ruhl; brothers Gale and Wendell (Jean) Strong; and sister Donna (Fred) Steck.

The Dawson family will receive friends Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4-7p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11a.m. Pastor Don Linn will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Morrow County Squad #5 or Hospice of Morrow County may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Evagene’s family and encourage you to watch her tribute video or share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Genie & Sharon,
    Seen your mom had passed away. Wanted to let you know your both in my prayers as well my thoughts. Memories are so very precious. Thankful to God we have them at difficult times like this.
    Robin Greene Snow

  • Our condolences to the family of Evagene. Remember Richard and her
    attending Leedy Reunion.

  • Sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your Dad & Mom & Cedarbrook. Wishing you God’s comfort at this time.

  • Sharon, we’re sorry for not getting up to Lexington, I don’t drive any where farther than here in town. Kim, had to do something for Dad. MOM, is mom!! we’re all 3 of us thinking and praying for you. We’ve been friends for 20 yrs. and we all LOVE YOU very much.