Patsy S. Dawson

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In the small hours of the morning on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, Spirit came and took our mother and friend, Patsy Sue Dawson, after a very long journey on life’s road. Though not classically trained, she was more than ready to go and dance among the stars.

Born in Marquette, MI, on September 14, 1944, Patsy, or “Pat” as her friends called her, was raised in Gaylord by her parents, Ken and Frieda Dawson, where she graduated from Gaylord High School in 1963. She would return years later and raise her three children. A long-time job at St. Mary Cathedral led her to Vanderbilt, where she worked for many years in administration for Horsell Manor.

Pat did not sew, craft, or do origami.  She would cook, but only if pressured into doing so, and those meals always included something like Brussels sprouts, and really, who likes those?  Currently, we have found no secret recipe for cookies.

What Pat had was a compassion for life, filled with laughter and love. She was appreciated and brought joy to many and enjoyed the happiness of others.

Pat is survived by her son, Todd McMillen of Traverse City; her daughter, Kelly (Jackie) McMillen of Cass City; and her daughter, Ronalee (Paul) Costello of Gaylord. Over the years four grandchildren were added: Kayla (Lucas), Kendall (Emily), Kylee, and Emily; and a faithful friend and “aunt”, Loretta Miller.  We may have overlooked a cat or small house pet.  It was at this time the money stopped arriving in our birthday cards.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Ken and Frieda Dawson; and her fur friend, Tucker, who has been waiting patiently for his next car ride.

Visitation will take place at noon, Friday, September 29, 2023, at the Nelson Funeral Home where we will process to Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Vanderbilt at 12:45 p.m. for graveside services at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, Pat’s family asks that you remember to tell your family today that you love them.  If we all do this, the world will be a much brighter place.    

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

7 comments on “Patsy S. Dawson”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Pat. May she rest in peace. I thought of her often, even thou I haven’t been able to see her. God has gained one of three musketeers as a angel. I am hoping to be able to be there for the service. Sending prayers to all of you. God Bless.

  2. So sorry to hear about Pat. I have known her forever…we were classmates waaay back in the day! I won’t be able to be there on Friday as I have a prior commitment but my thoughts and prayers will be with the family. Betsy Gocha Higgins

  3. Michele Lane-Heidari

    My deepest condolences to you all! May your memories of your time together bring you comfort! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Sending love and hugs!

  4. Sandy Hodgins,, Messerschmidt..

    OH My. This is Sandy Hodgins.. My Life Long Friend. I am So Very Sad. But, I know she is in A Better Place. We are on our way to Az for the winter. It makes so Hard when I am away and cant be there to Pay My respects and to say Good By Friend.

  5. Todd, Kelly and Ronalee, I have many memories of the laughter that came from our Moms friendship.
    Now, I can only imagine as they reunite the smiles and laughter will reignite.
    The picture of Pat is exactly how I remember her.
    May peace fall upon all your hearts,
    Terry (Czyzewski) & John Jordan

  6. Diana McBride Grandberry

    She was certainly a wonder while growing up with her, not in contact for years, then reconnecting with daily emails for a few years, then not communicating again. I loved her humor, perceptions, and honesty.
    Years ago seeing her in Traverse City I met Todd, who was so gracious and kind for us from Oregon. I miss our emails and times talking.
    I appreciated her.
    Diana McBride Grandberry

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