Dawn Renee Rosebury

July 21, 1971May 30, 2018

Dawn Renee Rosebury, 46, of Mason, Michigan passed away May 30, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born to and survived by Thomas and Sharon Rosebury on July 21, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan and will always remain their precious child. Dawn is also survived and truly loved by siblings Wendy Rosebury (Kevin) Smith and Ricky Rosebury; aunts and uncles Lynette (Mike) Schultz, Debra (Bill) Barrett, Janet (Bill) Rich, Beverly (Harold) Hemingway; her boyfriend John Smith and numerous cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by David Rosebury (brother), Donald and Mildred Hoover (maternal grandparents), Cecil and Helen Rosebury (paternal grandparents) and Brian Brown. She is also reunited with several beloved pets, including her “Baby Girl” Miss Fajita Marie.

Dawn graduated from Mason Senior High School in 1989 where she was very active in sports including cheerleading and softball. She also participated in many 4-H projects including rabbits, chickens, woodworking, glass staining, and tube painting and was a national champion on the Royales Pom Pom team. Following graduation, she attended Lansing Community College majoring in criminal justice, but she found the passion of expressing herself through the honors level class of Creative Writing.

Throughout Dawn’s life, the jobs and volunteer causes she would chose to support reflected her personality and passions such as ensuring the security of others and her love of animals and people. While in high school, Dawn’s first job was at the Trapshoot in Mason, then Paradise Tanning as a receptionist after she graduated. She was a people person and loved being the first person someone would see or greet on the phone. She also prided herself on making others feel safe and worked several security positions. At Jackson National Life Insurance, she started out as security, then head receptionist, her beautiful face was the first you would see when you walked in the door. She was promoted to a purchasing position that she really loved. Working at the Ingham County Animal Control in Mason is where she shined. Her love of animals and ensuring they found a perfect home gave her the ultimate satisfaction.

Volunteerism was also a high priority to Dawn. For many years, she volunteered for Ele’s Race, Alzheimer’s Walk, pet adoptions, and was a Victim’s Advocate for Ingham County Sheriff Department. In addition to Animal Control, Dawn personally rehomed over 100 animals, many in her own home. While volunteering at one pet adoption event, a recently orphaned baby goose, Caruso, was given to Dawn and she raised this gosling inside her own home for a year.

Throughout her life, Dawn enjoyed the outdoors, canoeing, camping, bonfires, biking, and trail running. She was full of life and loved thrill-seeking experiences such as, sky-diving, hang-gliding, white water rafting, and bungee jumping. Dawn was very creative in every aspect of her life. She created award winning scrapbooks, drew amazing caricature drawings, captured special moments in photography, and was a very creative cook. Her specialty was making spicy hot dishes that matched her spicy personality. Dawn was avid MSU fan and loved music. When a song came on she liked, she was notorious for grabbing whatever substitute microphone she could fine, be it a ketchup bottle, spatula, or broom. Dawn’s greatest gift was the love of her family and friends. She hated anyone hurt or feel left out and will always be remembered for her ability to lift spirits with her quick witted, quirky sense of humor and infectious laugh. Dawn believed in the Lord, Jesus Christ and was beginning to learn more about Him. She will be continuing her education in Heaven with the Ultimate Teacher.

“How lucky we are to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard”---Winnie-the-pooh, one of Dawn’s favorite characters.

In honoring Dawn’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Eden United Brethren Church located at 1938 Eden Road, Mason MI. Visitation is from 11am to 12pm. A memorial service officiated by Pastor Dan Bentz will begin at 12pm, followed by a luncheon at the Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider adopting a pet or donating to Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter in Mason in honor of Dawn’s love for animals or supporting the ministries of the Eden United Brethren Church in Mason.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Mason.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 7, 2018

Dawn Renee Rosebury

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Bill Sweet

June 8, 2018

Yesterday took me back in time. My 1st thoughts were of Dave bringing Wendy to a rock concert . After he dropped her off @ home. He & I sat up for awhile talking.
I mentioned that she will be giving his Mom & Dad fits. He replied " No That will be Dawny she's the wild one .Mom will have her hands full with her."
Little did he know.
My other memory is of Dawny & her inline skates . Skating up & down Lyon Rd. We would be out in the shop working & she would just skate up , full of smiles & under foot.
Very sorry for your loss
Bill Sweet

Lori Ireland

June 6, 2018

A smile a person you could never forget she always found the good in situations that seemed horrible. You want to be around her cause she cared about you. I used to tell her your hair is perfect every minute in perfect place. Knowing her in school was knowing a true friend warm heart. Sorry for your loss and wil be praying for comfort to sound the family.

Carol (Bunker) Hertzfeld

June 6, 2018

Sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you. Sending prayers

Jean Bement

June 6, 2018

I was so sorry to learn of Dawn's passing. We rode the same bus in middle and high school, and I remember her fondly as a really nice person who was good to everyone. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family and friends. May faith and happy memories sustain you.

Kevin Brunette

June 6, 2018

I took you to prom my senior year we were best friends. I still have that picture of the both of us. We had so much fun together. Then I left for the Navy and you wanted me in the Army. Remember Mashed potatoes

Kevin Brunette

June 6, 2018

This comes to a shock to me. I am blessed that we shared a friendship through our younger years. I remember dropping off a half gallon of rootbeer from A•W in your mailbox and you and your brother Rickey would race to see who would get it first. My prayers go out to your parents and family.

Carolyn Disbrow

June 5, 2018

We are so very sorry to hear about Dawn, your whole family will be in our prayers.
Stacey and Carolyn Disbrow
and Family

Mary Kay Lawrence

June 4, 2018

Dawn, you will be missed very much. I will always remember our friendship, the crazy days we had together. Our Mario Andretti rides, the long talks at midnight, the nights around the campfire, our dog stories, the rescues and last but certainly not least - the Gremlins, they were everywhere ;-). You passed through my mind recently, perhaps you were saying goodbye. You'll always be in my heart sweetie. You made me laugh, have courage and showed me how to be a good friend. You'll be missed my friend. Peace until we see each other again. Love, Mary Kay