Louise Dawson, 96

Louise W. Dawson, 96, North Manchester, formerly of Wabash, died at 2:11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.  She was born April 12, 1917 in North Manchester, to Garber and Cleo (Long) Wright.

Louise graduated from Lagro High School in 1935 and Warner Beauty College in 1936.  She married Lawrence E. Dawson on March 9, 1941 in North Manchester; he died Jan. 9, 2011.  Louise was a cosmetologist 10 years in the Louise and Loretta's Beauty Shop and in her home.  She assisted Lawrence in farming for over 30 years, and was also an enumerator for the USDA through Purdue University doing map reading.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wabash, the Margaret Wilson Circle of the church, and co-chairperson for 28 years of the church noodle committee.  Louise was also a member of the Ivy Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and former Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Arkansas in Indiana two years.  She was a 50-year member of the Range Line and Good Neighbors Extension Homemakers Club.  She was Past President of the Wabash County Extension Homemakers Club, and served as treasurer for four years.  Louise loved gardening, sewing, photography, leatherwork, and all kinds of crafts. 

She is survived by niece, Shirley (Ronald) Anderson, Urbana, foster son, Dr. Norman (Cay) Long, West Lafayette, foster grandchildren, Christinia M. (Dr. Roger) George, Marietta, Ga., Charles (Robin) Long, Sellersburg, Cathy Colbert, Las Vegas, Nev., and Carrie Long, Los Angeles, Calif., and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Edward Wright.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. 7th Street, North Manchester, with Rev. Sue Babovec and Gary Dawson officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash and 12-2 p.m. Monday at Peabody Chapel.  There will be an Eastern Star service Sunday at 4pm at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Peabody Caring Circle, or Peabody Foundation for Memory Enhancement.

The memorial guest book for Louise  may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Nov 27