Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Ada Dawson died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at her Annandale home. She was 88. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Annandale Methodist Church with Rev. Marilee Benson and Rev. Ken Felska officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Ada Evelyn Dawson was born May 10, 1920, near Blairsburg, Iowa, to Alfred and Ella Burnham. She grew up in the rural areas of central Iowa. Ada and Wilmer "Babe" Dawson were married July 25, 1939 in Clarion, Iowa. They lived in Iowa and Minnesota thorughout 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. Ada was preceded in death by her husband "Babe," daughter Eva Kay, granddaughter Riika Bajari, and brothers Arthur and Wendell She is survived by her son Ollie (and Kay) of Hot Springs, Ark.; daughters Diana (and Allan) Bajari of French Lake, and Wanda (and Dwayne) Lamprecht of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; brother Francis (and Julia) Burnham of Forest City, Iowa; and sisters-in-law Evelyn Dawson and Mary (and Bob) Struthers. Ada's grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Pianist Sharon Planer and soloist Mike Sommers will provide the music for the service.