Buffington Funeral Home

424 St Peter Street, Gonzales, TX


Dawn Marie Clarke

January 26, 1975April 15, 2020

Dawn Marie (Sims) Clarke, 45, of Gonzales, Texas went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Graveside Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas and will be held privately at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held at Buffington Funeral Home on Monday, April 20, 2020 from 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

Dawn was born on January 26, 1975 in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Robert and Shirley (Thanheiser) Sims. After high school, Dawn attended college before joining the US Army and and serving as a Signal Support Systems Specialist. She served in the Army for 7 years, during which time she earned many wards and several ribbons. and then served 1 year in the Army Reserves, and then served 4 years in the National Guard. Dawn liked spending time with her friends and family. She enjoyed going to church, and playing with the children at church. Dawn was a kind hearted person who would do anything for anybody.

Dawn is survived by two sons; Corey Keith Clarke, Joshua Lee Clarke, both of Bowie, Texas, one daughter; Samantha Michelle Clarke of Bowie, Texas, her mother; Shirley Kuchynka of Gonzales, Texas, one brother; Michael Sims of Gonzales, Texas, one sister; Skylar Sims of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her father; Robert Sims, one grandmother, two aunts, and three uncles.

The family request memorials to: Gonzales Church of Christ / 1323 Seydler St. / Gonzales, Texas 78629

To join the family in celebrating Dawn’s life and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com


  • Gonzales Church of Christ


  • Visitation

    Monday, April 20, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Dawn Marie Clarke

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Becky Gonzales

April 26, 2020

I don't even know how to start but Dawn your going to be missed very much you were our friend since childhood. the memories that I have will live with me forever. Every time I would go visit Alisha you were always there no matter what we always had a good time oh and our are dances that we would make up . we had so much fun the memories will live forever
.your going to be missed my sweet friend.. Love you always Becky

Jaime Aguero

April 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of taking a biology class with Dawn during our sophomore year. We worked on several lab projects that I can’t even remember what the projects were. I do remember she was a great lab partner and took my obnoxious behavior in stride. From one veteran to another, God bless Dawn.

Jennifer Miller

April 21, 2020


I am not good with words but I will never forget your smiling face or sweet hello. No matter where we may have ran into each other, you always smiled & said hello. Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in Heaven sweet lady.

Alisha Garcia

April 21, 2020

I remember the first time we met.
I was coming out of my house on Jobe Street upset with my grandma and talking to myself. I started to pull myself up on the swings bar still talking to myself and I heard a giggle. I got quiet because I became embarrassed to know someone heard me. I looked to the sound of a very soft and low voice. Around the tree peaked out a girl. A beautiful girl. I said to myself yet out loud " She has yellow hair" I then walked over to become closer to see her. She hid behind the tree and I began talking to her. I asked " Whàt are you doing? " " Why are hiding?" I then became in love and said to her " You have yellow hair! I remember thinking " She is like me". She continued to giggle as I asked " What is your name?
DAWN she answered
. DAWN? I asked in a curious surprise.
Yes, she replied.
Like The Morning
Yes she said.
I knew then she would be my friend. I knew that I loved her at first sight.
She had my ❤️

And now she has heavens golden locket. The one she can open and see her beautiful image but this time with a Halo and wings of gold.

The Morning Dawn
Love, Honesty,Bravery, Innocence,
There are no words to describe her.
She's all of the Morning Light and the Sun shines through her Eyes.
Forever Dawn.
Forever my light.

Shawn Malatek

April 19, 2020

I am deeply sadden to hear of the news of Dawn's passing. She was a great friend to me ❤️ in school throughout our many years . She was always of a kind and sweet spirit and she was one of my quiet friends. But anytime We sat together, she was all ears to listen and talk.. We all lost touch after school, cause everyone went on separate ways into life. I Salute her for serving her Country and she will always be remembered and missed.

Pat Edwards

April 18, 2020

I did not know Dawn personally but when Angela Havel Barton shared a post about her friend I just had to respond. Thank you, Dawn, for serving our country. I know it was a sacrifice to you and your family.

My prayers of peace and comfort go out to each of you who knew her.

Angela Havel-Barton

April 18, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Dawns passing. She was such a sweet and quiet classmate. I remember dancing with her in recitals when we were little.
I will pray for her and her family

Blake Wiley

April 17, 2020

I remember Dawn to be very sweet and kind. I am saddened by this and sincerely pray for her family to comforted.

Debbie Fougerat

April 17, 2020

Dawn was so important to our church family. Her smile would light up the room. She was always so happy to help and was one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Dawn loved her family. When Dawn loved you, you knew it. I’m so happy to have had her in my life. I will miss you. Love, debbie fougerat

Serena Gammons

April 17, 2020

Dearest Dawn, I miss you. I love you very much. I am missing talking to you and getting your hugs and smiles and laughter. You are a true spirit. I really need your beautiful presents in my life and i am going to miss this the most but I know. I know you are being comforted by God and His Angels and your dad and the rest of your family. To be absent from the body is to be Present with The Lord. I want you to know I love you forever. My Sister. My Best Friend. Thank you for being there for me. Because you are so cool i felt important being your friend. I have so much respect for you, Dawn. So much love. Its an honor to be called your friend. Kiss Jesus for me and big hug to you my dear sweet beautiful friend. Love you Serena Gammons


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