Lucile Dawson

August 29, 1925 ‒ May 09, 2010

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lucile Dawson, age 84, of Mount Gilead died Sunday morning, May 9, 2010 at the Morrow County Hospital Emergency Room.

She was born on August 29, 1925 in Franklin Township the daughter of the late Tolly H. and Laura (Hull) Linn.

Lucile was a graduate of Chesterville High School in the class of 1942. This was particularly special, because she not only graduated at age 16 but was the Valedictorian of her class.

It was there at Chesterville High School, as a freshman, that Lucile developed a friendship with an older boy, Jim Dawson. That friendship evolved into a beautiful bond that has now spanned over six decades! They were married on August 31, 1946.

Before their children were born Lucile worked at H.P.M. as the Executive Secretary. She served under several past presidents and was well known for her short hand and typing skills.

She and Jim had 3 boys. Lucile was very proud of her sons and kept a close tab on them, always concerned about their personal and professional lives.

Jim’s employment took the family to Lebanon, Ohio. Lucile was active there in the Little Sisters of Lebanon United Methodist Church.

After the boys graduated from Lebanon High School, Jim and Lucile returned to Morrow County.

She and Jim always had Standardbred Race Horses on their farm.

As a woman of great faith, Lucile was a member of the Harmony Chapel, United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women.

Lucile was very skilled with her hands and enjoyed the arts of knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. Her needlepoint works included framed replicas of all their homes and the cushions on their antique chairs.

She loved her photo albums and was into “scrapbooking” before the term was invented.

Lucile was fond of historic events, especially those related to Morrow County and her own family. This led her to write extensively on the History of Morrow County and research her family’s genealogy.

She wrote her own poetry and many of her writings were a result of the daily life experiences and how they affected her.

Her selfless and kind nature always led Lucile to find the good in people. She truly cared for those around her and her devotion to her family was unmatched.

As Lucile’s health failed her, Jim was able to act as her caregiver and nurse over the last 2 years. After over 60 years of friendship, love, and devotion, James would have had it no other way.

She will be missed by her husband Jim; Their 3 sons Dave and his wife Barbara of Loveland, Ohio, Don of San Francisco, California, and Doug and his wife Gloria of Dublin, Ohio; 6 grandchildren Anna, Olivia, Raquel, Jason, Tyler, and Emily; and her sister Esther Chapman and her husband Carl of Mount Gilead.

Friends may call on the family on Wednesday May 12, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead. Pastors Jeannie Winters and Joe Sopher will conduct services there on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.

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