April 11, 1935 – May 11, 2020
4/11/35-5/11/20 Beverly Dawson was pure sunshine. She had the most contagious, beautiful smile. She was instantly loved by all that met her. To know her was to love her.
As a wife, she was caring, thoughtful, and selfless.
As a mother she was supportive, our cheerleader, and our confidant. She showed up for every event, ready to help. She was frugal and yet so incredibly generous.
As a grandmother she was always creating memorable experiences. She developed unique traditions with each of her grandchildren like baking, sewing, and going for walks. She showed up for every sporting event, performance, and recital. She was the first to offer a school pick up. She always had warm cookies and a big hug ready for her out of town grandchildren.
She was a wonderful friend to so many. One of her dear friends put it best “She was always smiling, never complaining, but rather interested in others. A bright shining star now smiling down on us.”
She was bursting with energy even well into her 80’s, some of which was fueled by her love of Diet Coke and chocolate donuts. She used her energy to serve everyone lucky enough to be loved by her.
Things we’ve learned from her: always make sure you put the gas nozzle into the holster before driving away. How to shop all day without spending a dime. That you can eat donuts for lunch if you don’t eat breakfast.
She loved unconditionally! She had an incredible talent for making each of us feel seen, heard, and loved.
We can’t put into words just how much she meant to us and how much she will be missed.
Even with four children, she was able to earn her Masters Degree from Utah State University. She spent years working for the Davis County School District, she was a social worker for LDS family services, had a private practice in Kaysville, and she loved teaching.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim Dawson. Her children: Jeri Dawson, Diane (Allan) Trettin, Bryan (Sarah) Dawson, and Suzy (Matt) Smith. Grandchildren: Jessica, Tyler, Stockton, Jaxson, Alec, Dawson, Cannon, Oliver and Henry. Great grandchild: Blake
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we were forced to honor her request that no funeral be held. Our immediate family held an intimate celebration of life.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 20, 2020
Beverly was my mentor and dear friend at Davis School District. She also provided supervision for my LCSW. She was immensely kind to a new & green social worker who had also earned her MSW while rearing 4 children. Beverly taught through encouragement and gentle probing “What other way could you possibly have accomplished the same goal?”
Beverly WAS sunshine! She had a lightening quick wit and generous sense of humor. She saw the silver lining in every cloud. She loved creative thinking and new ideas. I remember carpooling home from state meetings with her 30 + years ago. I was playing a brand new Mannheim Steamroller tape. After listening to 2 or 3 cuts, she said “I’ve never heard Christmas music like this. Wonderful to listen to but I wouldn’t try to sing along!” I smiled then & I smile now remembering. Beverly quietly enriched all of us who knew her.
Shelli Winward Smith
May 19, 2020
Suzy and family --
What a ray of sunshine your mom was! I only got to meet her a few times but I know that her radiance and beautiful smile live on -- Suzy, it's on your face and in your fabulous personality!
May 18, 2020
When I first met Beverly, with Mat and Susi, I knew instantly where Susi got her gigantic, contagious, adorable, loving big SMILE!!
My thoughts and my love are with you and all your family Susi and Mat!
May 17, 2020
I really liked knowing Beverly. She is an inspiration to me and all who knew her. I am glad my Brother Allan married into such a wonder family.
My love and tears and condolences are with you all at this time.
It is so hard to loose a mother, especially when she was your best friend also.
She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
I love you all. I am sending you all hugs.
May 16, 2020
My sympathies and condolences to the family of Beverly Dawson. I knew and worked with Beverly most, if not all, of the years I was working in Davis School District Special Education. Beverly was a wonderful friend and associate during those many years. Both of my parents have passed on, so I know the feelings of grief when this happens in the family. The best to all of you Dawsons.
May 16, 2020
I was very honored and touched when you brought both of your parents over to meet me the one time I came up there. She was sweet and kind, and very warm to her fellow mother in law. Wish we lived closer to have known her!
May 16, 2020
Beverly was such a good friend and neighbor! She was my devoted visiting teaching/ministering companion for 6+ years. She was always cheerful, never complained and constantly sought ways to serve and uplift others. She visited my husband and I often with sweet gifts and comforting words during some times of trial, even while quietly enduring her own life challenges. She always knew the right thing to say to encourage and inspire. I am eternally grateful for her example, influence, and sweet friendship! I pray that your family will be comforted during this time and know that your wonderful angel wife, mother, and grandmother is watching over you and looking down with that bright smile of hers. She was so proud of her family! I love you, Bev, and will miss you dearly ... until we all meet again! ❤️