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Ada Dawson 1920-2009
(from the Dingmann Funeral Care website)

Ada Evelyn Dawson, age 88, of Annandale died Saturday, February 28, 2009 at her home.

She was born near Blairsburg, IA on May 10, 1920 to Alfred and Ella Burnham. She grew up in the rural areas of central Iowa. Ada and Wilmer 'Babe' Dawson were married on July 25, 1939 in Clarion, Iowa. They lived in Iowa and Minnesota throughout their life together. Ada was a devoted wife and loving mother who worked hard at various jobs all her life. She and her husband were owners of Lake Sylvia Store from 1960 to the early '70s. Ada was an accomplished artist, art instructor and sign painter. Her commissioned art hangs in private collections throughout the United States. Ada has had her poetry and prose published. She volunteered many hours and took leadership roles in various community projects and at the Annandale United Methodist Church. She was a founding member of Lake Country Creative Art Group.

She is survived by her son, Ollie (Kay) of Hot Springs, AR; daughters, Diana (Allan) Bajari of French Lake and Wanda (Dwayne) Lamprecht of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; brother, Francis (Julia) Burnham of Forest City, IA; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dawson and Mary (Bob) Struthers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Babe; daughter, Eva Kay; granddaughter, Riika Bajari; and brothers, Arthur and Wendell.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at the Annandale United Methodist Church. Rev. Marilee Benson and Rev. Ken Felska will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service, Wednesday at the church.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Sharon Planer, pianist and Mike Sommers, soloist will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale