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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

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Dawn Martin Westbrook

September 28, 1972May 20, 2019
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Sydna Dawn Martin Westbrook, 46, went home to her Lord and Savior on May 20, 2019 after living for 14 years with stage 4 colon cancer. Dawn was born in Raleigh on September 28, 1972. She graduated from Cary High School, received a BS in Health from East Carolina University, a nursing certificate from Watts School of Nursing in Durham, and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Pheifer University. She started at Rex Hospital and then spent most of her career at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.

For many years she led a large team of friends to participate in Raleigh’s annual “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K for colon cancer awareness. Dawn was also active in the United Methodist Women Unit at FUMC-Cary. She was a founding member of the Sarah Circle, and worked for the children’s consignment sale and other fundraising endeavors. She volunteered her therapy dog, Coco, to listen to the children at the church’s Mighty Monday after school program read to her.

Dawn was always smiling, always willing to help, and always a friend. Her smile was beautiful and engaging.

She is survived by husband, Christopher Douglas Westbrook; mother, Sydna J. Martin; brother, Lorrin David Martin & wife, Anisa Cott; mother-in-law, Alice Faye Westbrook; father-in-law, Douglas Alfred Westbrook; brother-in-law, Alexander Westbrook & wife, Laura; sister-in-law, Tasha Bollin & husband, Chris; 2 nieces and 4 nephews. Dawn was predeceased by her father, Lorrin F. (Larry) Martin.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, May 23rd at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 24th at 11 am at First United Methodist Church in Cary, reception immediately following the service. A graveside service will be held later that afternoon at 3pm at Raleigh Memorial Park (7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612).

Memorials may be made to Second Chance Pet Adoptions (6003 Chapel Hill Road #133, Raleigh, NC 27607), Colon Cancer Coalition (5666 Lincoln Drive #270, Edina, MN 55436) or First United Methodist Church of Cary, 117 S. Academy Street, Cary, NC 27511.

  • DONATIONS

  • Second Chance Pet Adoptions
  • Colon Cancer
  • First United Methodist Church of Cary

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 24, 2019

Memories

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Sylvia Mobley

May 25, 2019

I was so sorry to read of Dawn's passing. My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005 and passed away in 2016. He and Dawn spent a lot of time talking at the oncologist office and on line. Phil and I always were happy to see Dawn . She was a true fighter and a special person. ❤️❤️❤️

Gary & Pat Gibson

May 24, 2019

May God bless Dawn's family and comfort you at this sad time. She liked to come to the mountains to visit us. We had a great day viewing the valley at "Jump Off Rock" here in Hendersonville and having lunch overlooking Lake Lure. Dawn will always be remembered for her compassion for people,her love for animals and her strength. She will be missed but remain in our hearts forever and never forgotten....Gary and Pat Gibson

Sandy Potter

May 24, 2019

I have spent today thinking back on all the special times I spent with you. I'm really going to miss you, Sweetie!

Lori Jannings

May 24, 2019

Dawn and Chris are our neighbors in Cary. Dawn is an inspiration to all of us. God truly worked through her and she attained strength and grace from Him. Her passing is a great loss to everyone who knew her, but we know God has plans for her in Heaven. I am grateful for the time that my son and I were able to have with her. She was always smiling and looking out for others (humans and animals), more than herself. Many prayers to Sydna, Chris and the rest of her family, for strength in this most difficult time. She may no longer be here physically, but she will live eternally in our memories and stories. Our hearts go out to you all.

Ann Tilghman

May 23, 2019

Mrs. Dawn Westbrook lived a short time, but still it is very hard to deal with. It is very important to cherish the many happy memories that your family has shared together and to celebrate a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved one today and forever. God's word the Bible is here to give your family the hope and the encouragement that they need. We don't know what to say. We can't understand exactly how you feel, but God does and will keep raising you up. We hope that our prayers will help a little. So, let's look into the scriptures to see what It has to say. One reads like this. " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. " John 5:28,29

The Harvey Hayes Family Hayes

May 23, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Cherish the beautiful memories that you have shared for the times you have been together. God bless you and your family

Pam Womble

May 22, 2019

I worked with Dawn at BCBSNC. She was always sweet, friendly, energetic, and a great coworker. She loved life and it was obvious. After her diagnosis, I was always amazed at her positive and happy attitude. I will carry this with me always. One funny thing... when I first met Dawn she was young and dating. She was the first person that I had ever met that had actually used on-line dating :) (that was many many years ago!) LOL! The other thing I admired about Dawn was her love for her animals. She constantly shared "lost dogs" on her Facebook page. It was obvious she had a true connection with animals. Rest in peace, Dawn. You touched many lives during your short life.

Gary Harless

May 22, 2019

My prayers to Dawn’s family for God’s peace and comfort. I think back to memories at Cary Elementary and remember the same glowing smile I see today in her pictures. Sorry for your loss.

Ken Mitchell

May 22, 2019

I met Dawn at work but I'm blessed to have also known her as a FRIEND. Anyone that knew her would just say SHE IS AN AWESOME LADY! I was often in awe at Dawn's always POSITIVE attitue. No matter what were going on at work or in her personal life with the many health crises over the years she would always smile and get thru it. Watching Dawn live her life taught me a lot about how I should live mine, appreciating every day I'm given and loving family and friends. With all she had going on, she would still randomly text to see how I was doing. That was just Dawn, making sure everyone she knew felt special and appreciated. I always looked forward to our visits and Sunday brunches to catch up. I sure will miss seeing that beautiful smile and expressive eyes. Sydna, David, Chris you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda Logan

May 22, 2019

Dawn and I met in the NC Road Runners Club and immediately became like family. She always needed to know everything was okay with everyone else. Always so supportive. I’m so grateful our paths crossed. Dawn will be missed! 💔

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