Doris Jean Dawson

December 12, 1937March 28, 2021
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Doris Jean Dawson passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Mt. Carmel East unexpectedly from an accidental fall. She had been dealing with stage 4 melanoma for 4 years.

She was born on December 12, 1937 at Topmost, Kentucky to the late Virnus and Mae Isaacs. She attended Alice Lloyd College, Moorehead University and Muskingum College. She taught school for thirty years in Kentucky and Ohio. She retired in 1995 from teaching. She and her husband went on to start a home interior business in Walnut Creek, OH called “Carriage House” which they enjoyed for 22 years. Doris enjoyed teaching, reading, boating, square dancing, horseback riding, and she loved travelling throughout the world. She was a member of “Gingham & Swing ‘Em” square dance club of Coshocton and “Zane and Janes” of Zanesville. She also worked with the 4-H Club and Brownies. Doris was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, Larry Dawson. They have two daughters, Jodi Dawson and Shellie Dawson of Buckeye Lake.

She is also survived by four sisters, Mabel Childers of Lexington, Kentucky, Yvonne (Ralph) Howard of Mousie, Kentucky, Phyllis (Walter) Herald of Louisville, Kentucky, June (Larry) Van Lear of Mt. Sidney, Virginia, and five nieces and one nephew.

She is a member of Conesville United Methodist Church and attended Millersport United Methodist Church.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law, Carl and Launa Dawson, sister-in-laws Linda Martter and Valda Dawson, brother-in-law Sidney Childers, Jack Dawson, and Ronnie Martter, and nephew Rocky Martter.

Doris always had a smile and a kind word. She was amazing, generous, sweet spirited, and a blessing to all that knew her. She will be missed deeply.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 3:00-5:00 pm at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, social distancing measures will be in place and there will be a limited number of people inside the funeral home at a time. We also ask that you please wear a facemask at all times for the health and safety of our guest and employees.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Doris’s name to James Melanoma Research, 460 W. 10th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


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Larry Layman

April 9, 2021

Larry and family Doris was a special person and good friend.
I was sad to learn of her passing. Sending deepest sympathy to all of you during this sad time. Cherish your memories and plan to see her again.


April 6, 2021

Larry and family. Mary & I are saddened to learn about Doris. We have many happy memories of our square dancing events with you. We pray that you can find strength in your faith, family and friends. Mary & Bill Ross

Judy Lifgren

April 2, 2021

My deepest sympathies to each of you. Doris and I became instant friends when we moved into Ariana Shores. We laughed, cried and shared so many things. My heart is broken as is yours.
Please know she is laughing with the angels. You couldn't find a more genuine friend. My hugs and prayers are with you now and always.

Connie McWherter

April 1, 2021

I remember Doris with Larry always happy, laughing, and full of life Such a beautiful lady inside and out !

Gilberta Lutz

April 1, 2021

Larry and Jody and Shellie: I am so sorry to hear about Doris' passing
Doris and Val were good friends, they went to Morehead together then to Coshocton to teach. In Coshocton they met those Dawson Boys and married them. Then spent the rest of thier lives in close family ties. I believe that both had Happy and Enjoyed their lives.
Our hearts and prayers go out to you in you time of sorrow
Ron and Gilberta Lutz

Denise Farmer

April 1, 2021

Larry, Jody and Shelly,

So sorry to hear about Doris’s passing. May you find peace and comfort from our Lord Jesus. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Debby & Eunan Cushenan

April 1, 2021

Keeping you all in our warmest thoughts as you all navigate this difficult time—and wishing you hope and healing when you’re ready. Doris was a very special lady who we hold lovely memories of.

Toni Spinazzolo

April 1, 2021

Loved it way back in high school. She is so sweet and made a great chaperone for one of our many band trips. I am dear friends with both her daughters. My prayers for comfort at this time for family at this time.

Don & Carol Hutchison

March 31, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Doris. We sure do have some good memories with her and Larry. 🙏♥️😢

Vicki Johnson

March 31, 2021

So sorry to hear about Doris. I loved teaching with her at Conesville School. A sweet, special lady with such a great sense of humor.
Love, hugs, and prayers for all of you.
Jim & Vicki Johnson