Marilyn Murray Dawson
November 16, 1923 – April 15, 2018
Marilyn Murray Dawson, age 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 15th in Kirkland, Washington. She was born to Nonie and Hugh Murray in San Francisco, California, and spent most of her young life in the Los Angeles area. Marilyn graduated from LA High School in 1941 and attended UCLA for a short time before entering the work force during the war.
Marilyn married Wyatt Wagner Dawson in 1946 and they had an adventurous marriage that lasted 67 years. During that time, they raised five children and lived in a variety of locations including Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Warren, PA; Longmeadow, MA; West Bend, WI and Dallas, TX. With every move, Marilyn managed to make each new house into a loving home for the family. Marilyn loved to travel and was lucky to visit many continents with Wyatt and later traveled with her dear sister, Jeane Fleming. They also kept in touch with and visited best friends in California, including the “Poker Gang.”
Marilyn's greatest love, however, was her family, and she was known fondly as the “Mother of the Pride.” She would never miss the chance to be with her children and grandchildren and she provided a loving heart to care for her family wherever and whenever she was needed. Her family remembers her laughter, optimism, strength, adventurous spirit and unconditional love. She was the catalyst and provider of many joyous family reunions. Marilyn is survived by her children; Carolee Doty, Mary Lou Innes, William Dawson, Hugh Dawson and Sally Pfeifer. She will be greatly missed by her 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, who loved their Grannie dearly. She was also cherished by her 4 nieces; Katie Bedford, Jan Fleming, Marilyn Goldstein and Christine Cornell. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt, her sister Jeane Fleming and brother-in-law Jim Fleming. Wherever she lived, Marilyn was very involved in her community and volunteered at the local hospital or served with the Newcomer's Club. She was a 75-year member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and was very active with the North Dallas Woman's Club and the Dallas Assistance League. Marilyn loved playing bridge and collecting antiques.
Marilyn will be interred with her husband at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be given to the Assistance League of Dallas, P.O. Box 12403, Dallas, TX, 75225.
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May 18, 2018
SO BLESSED WERE WE TO HAVE YOU AUNTIE MAR AS OUR ONE AND ONLY AUNT. YOU ALWAYS BROUGHT THE LAUGHTER AND JOY ON ALL OF YOUR VISITS. YOU SHARED MEMORIES WITH US AND YOU LOVED YOUR SISTER SO VERY MUCH. YOU TWO TRAVELED THE WORLD IN LATER YEARS AND WHAT FUN YOU HAD. OUR FAMILY WILL CHERISH YOU DEARLY AND YOU ARE MISSED EVEN MORE. CHRIS AND DAVID, JON AND I WERE SO BLESSED TO SEE YOU IN 2016 AND BOY DID WE HAVE FUN. OUR CHILDREN ALL WILL REMEMBER YOU FOREVER.
YOU ARE NOW HOME WITH UNCLE WY AND YOUR SISTER JEANE AND BROTHER IN LAW JIM. LUCKY YOU. WHAT A LIFE YOU LIVED, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE AT THAT.
May 6, 2018
We enjoyed living next door to Wyatt and Marilyn at Atria. It was fun meeting their various family members. I always delighted in Marilyn's scene of humor. Very saddened by your loss. Jan Newby