M. Renee Dawson


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Martha Renee Dawson of Garden City, Kan., passed away Jan. 27, 2013, after a four-year battle with a sarcoma cancer. She was born Jan. 25, 1970, in Colby, Kan., to Jim and Karen (Feldt) Dawson.

Renee graduated from Garden City High School in 1988. She went on to receive education degrees from both Friends University and Newman College.

Renee started her teaching career in Wichita, Kan. From there she moved to La Plant, S.D, to teach on an Indian Reservation for four years. She then moved to Sidney, Neb., where she taught for five years. For the last nine years, Renee taught at Garden City High School.

Renee loved her students and was always very proud of each and every one of them. She also enjoyed teaching with and spending time with her fellow teachers at the high school.

Renee's family was her cats. She loved them and treated them as her children. She loved all animals and was always worried people were not taking care of them. Renee also loved and cherished all of her friends. They were like brothers and sisters to her.

Survivors include her parents, Jim and Karen Dawson of Garden City; brother Chad of Taylor, N.D.; Uncles and Aunts Verlene Feldt, Gene and Maxine Atkinson, Bob and Kathy Weigel, Lowell and Mary Burnett, Tom Hamer, Mike and Cheryl Hamer, and Evelyn Knox, and many cousins.

Renee was preceded in death by her grandparents, C.V. and Velma Dawson, Jack and Martha Hamer, and Bill Feldt; and Uncles Bill Feldt and Ramon Knox.

Honorary pallbearers are Shelli Lalicker, Robert Linenberger, Angela Heger, Brice Feldt, Michelle Salas and Jennifer Ouelette.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Renee Dawson Memorial Fund, in care of the family at 1607 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.


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