Doris Jean Dawson

| April 5, 2021

Doris Jean Dawson passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Mt. Carmel East unexpectedly from an accidental fall. She had been dealing with stage 4 melanoma for four years.

She was born on Dec. 12, 1937 at Topmost, Kentucky to the late Virnus and Mae Isaacs. She attended Alice Lloyd College, Moorehead University and Muskingum College. She taught school for 30 years in Kentucky and Ohio. She retired in 1995 from teaching. She and her husband went on to start a home interior business in Walnut Creek, OH called “Carriage House” which they enjoyed for 22 years.

Doris enjoyed teaching, reading, boating, square dancing, horseback riding, and she loved traveling throughout the world. She was a member of “Gingham & Swing ‘Em” square dance club of Coshocton and “Zane and Janes” of Zanesville. She also worked with the 4-H Club and Brownies. Doris was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, Larry Dawson. They have two daughters, Jodi Dawson and Shellie Dawson of Buckeye Lake.

She is also survived by four sisters, Mabel Childers of Lexington, Kentucky, Yvonne (Ralph) Howard of Mousie, Kentucky, Phyllis (Walter) Herald of Louisville, Kentucky, June (Larry) Van Lear of Mt. Sidney, Virginia, and five nieces and one nephew.

She is a member of Conesville United Methodist Church and attended Millersport United Methodist Church.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law, Carl and Launa Dawson, sister-in-laws Linda Martter and Valda Dawson, brother-in-law Sidney Childers, Jack Dawson, and Ronnie Martter, and nephew Rocky Martter.

Doris always had a smile and a kind word. She was amazing, generous, sweet spirited, and a blessing to all that knew her. She will be missed deeply.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, social distancing measures will be in place and there will be a limited number of  people inside the funeral home at a time. We also ask that you please wear a facemask at all times for the health and safety of our guest and employees.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Doris’s name to James Melanoma Research, 460 W. 10th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

An online memorial can be viewed at

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