Dawn Belinda Dawson

April 2, 1962September 6, 2021

On September 6, 2021 we lost our beloved Dawn to ALS. She is survived by her dear son Benjamin, her mother Janet Wetzbarger, late stepfather Roy Wetzbarger, father George Dawson, stepmother Margarete Dawson, sisters and brother-in-laws Lisa and Robert Wood, Diana and Bill Edwards, Lauren and Brad Paine, brother and sister-in-law John and Brittany Dawson, nephews and nieces Justin and Alleita Wood, Madison, Joshua, and Zachary Edwards, Parker and Collins Dawson, great-nephew Bentley Wood, along with many other family members and dear friends.

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Dawn Belinda Dawson

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Mary Stitz

September 20, 2021

Hello. I did not know your mom, but saw that she passed from als. I know this disease. It is awful. I'm sorry she suffered from als. My daughter, age 44, is now suffering from als. Two years now. So I know what your loved one went thru. Prayers for your family. Mary, from bel air. Md.

Yvette Richardson

September 17, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dawn when I joined the Science office in 2018. Dawn was an awesome teacher, mom, and colleague. She welcomed me into the office with her warm and caring smile. I remember her sharing with me she her story about adopting her son Benjamin. Her face glowed like the sun as she shared the joy he had brought into her life. I could see and feel how much love she had for her son. Another memory I will cherish about Dawn is her expertise in gardening. She did a "how to" planting class at one of our staff meetings that was so much fun and informative for me. I was the plant lover but had no clue how to care for them until Dawn showed me and shared her expertise. I am blessed God allowed Dawn to be a part of my life. Heaven has gained a sweet and special angel. You are truly missed Dawn. My sincere condolences to the family.

Carol Wingard

September 15, 2021

My first heart-felt memory of Dawn was visiting her classroom and listening to her play her guitar and sing so sweetly to her students. As her Principal of Seven Oaks, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dawn teach and interact with her students, as she was always thoroughly engaged with her students through creative lessons. Dawn was such an exceptional teacher and a kind, caring and compassionate person. Her students loved her and they knew she loved them too!
As an instructor within the Office of Science, Dawn truly enjoyed every minute sharing her knowledge and appreciation of outdoor life, adventures within nature, and the land and water creatures at Marshy Point. Every year, Dawn would join our 7Oaks Science Fair and set up an extraordinary display. Of course, Benjamin would be with her to astonish us with his knowledge about the animals that she brought along. As he did so, Dawn would show her deep love of Benjamin with a huge smile of pride. Her enthusiasm always glowed...all eyes and ears were fixed on her every action and word. She touched the lives of many, both children and adults!
We were blessed to be touched by an angel!! I will always envision her bright smile and light-heartedness. She was an exceptional person who shared her gifts with so many people. Her gifts of teaching and the giving of herself will live on forever within students, friends and loved ones. Love you Dawn!
My sympathy and prayers go out to Benjamin and family. Love to Benjamin, who was the center of Dawn's heart and he, as well as many, will feel her love forever.

Sharon Tarlton

September 15, 2021

Cousins are our first friends. Sweet Dawn, my memories go way back, to overnights on Easter, old pictures of skinned knees and chocolate bunnies. Easter and Christmas dinners with family, flush with giggling girls. At family reunions, she was the first person you hope to find. Dawn always sought us out with a bright smile and open arms. We're praying for peace for the whole Dawson family. May God bring you comfort. Love you all, Sharon

Denise Wilson

September 14, 2021

Dawn has always been my "comma friend" because all of our conversations never really ended with a "period". We would see each other in the hallways after weeks passing and pick up exactly were we left off.

Fate brought us together as writing partners for the first Eco-Trekker's curriculum. We sat on the back deck of Marshy Point worked for hours. Well... to be completely honest, we talked for hours and wrote during some of those! We actually had to set timers during our days. We would set a talking timer, and then a working timer, just to be sure we got our work done.

Dawn was one of those people that looked you in the eye and truly saw you. Without even a hint of prying, she would know when I needed a hug just by looking in my eyes. She was genuine, caring, and an amazing human being!

I clearly remember the first picture of Benjamin that she was able to share. I called my mom to tell her that I had just seen the most beautiful boy who somehow had the same eyes full of love that his adoptive mother had. Dawn beamed when she talked about her son, and in an instant, a person who had the biggest heart of anyone I had ever met, was able to exponentially have her love grow.

To all of Dawn's grieving family and friends, my sincere condolences! Dawn was an irreplaceable soul who's legacy will live on.

Karen Gronau

September 13, 2021

Teaching with Dawn was how I came to know this kind, loving, intelligent person

All her students not only learned facts and ideas; but, more importantly, empathy. Children working with her always felt comfortable knowing that they were in a safe loving place where they were learning important, interesting things.

Dawn loved nature and passed that love on to others by her words and actions. We will never know how many people—children and adults—have come to appreciate or appreciate more how to take care of our earth, how interesting nature is, how intertwined we all are.

I am just one of many who was fortunate to be her friend.

Michele Ihle

September 13, 2021

Dawn was the sweetest, most compassionate woman I have ever met. I had the great privilege and pleasure of working with her for many years in the Office of Science. I believe there are angels among us and Dawn was definitely one of them.

The love of Dawn’s life was her son, Benjamin. She was so extremely proud of him and all of his accomplishments. She was an incredible mother. They say the apple does not fall far from the tree and Dawn’s greatest qualities have been inherited by Benjamin.

Dawn was also an excellent teacher. She was devoted to her work too. She was hard-working and very easy to work with. Her love for nature was demonstrated when she taught the students in the outdoor science program.

Dawn’s memory will live on in all the lives she touched. She will forever be the guardian angel watching out for Benjamin from above.

Rest In Peace my dear, sweet friend.

Michele Ihle

Paula Kowalewski

September 12, 2021

To a dear, sweet , kind, charitable person. She was so thoughtful of others. We had so much fun together. Her life ended way to soon, but her memory will live on forever in the many people she touched. Rest In Peace, Friends Forever. Love


George Newberry

September 11, 2021

Dear Dawn,
I loved you so much. You were one of the sweetest, most genuine, and special people I have ever known. Your good nature, sweet heart, generosity, and compassion were inspirational to everyone who knew you. I have many beautiful memories of you, but the one that stands out in my mind was the expression on your face when you brought Benjamin to the Office of Science to meet us for the first time. If there was ever a love story, that was it. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You have left such an incredible legacy through your years in the classroom and outdoor science, and the work you did with the school gardening program. You touched many lives and every one of them in such a beautiful way. I treasure the time we walked together on this Earth and I will never forget you. Rest In Peace.

Angie aull

September 11, 2021

Dawn was my son's second grade teacher at Seven Oaks. She was very helpful with him and got him on the right track. She will be missed. Dawn also got him on track. Dawn was one of his favorite teacher. She will be missed, prayers for her and her family. 🙏💖🙏🌹🙏