Erma Dawson, 92

Erma Lucille Dawson, 92, of Muncie, formerly of Wabash County, died at 1:30 pm, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at Westminster Village in Muncie. 

She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in Peoria, Ill., to Frank D. and Viola May (Paul) Metzger.

Erma was a 1941 graduate of Linlawn High School.  She married Clyde V. Dawson in Wabash County on June 30, 1944; he died April 22, 2012.  She was a farmer's wife and a homemaker.  Erma was an active member of the Wabash Friends Church where she also taught Sunday school.  She was a member of the Harmony Home Ec Club, the Wabash County Garden Club, the Wabash County Farm Bureau, and was a 4-H Leader.  Erma enjoyed growing and arranging flowers for church and community events.  Her passion was her family, and she enjoyed attending family activities. 

She is survived by two children, Gary (Frankie) Dawson of Roann, and Diane (Paul) Russell of Eaton; daughter-in-law, Janet Dawson of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren, Brian Dawson of Leo,  Chris (Jennifer) Dawson of Westfield, Shannon (Brent) Smith of Hagerstown, Shelly (Phil) Boone of Urbana, Esther (Ryan) McDivitt of Brownsburg,  Sgt. Aaron Dawson of Fort Benning, Ga., Nathan (Kechia) Dawson of North Manchester, Indiana, Adam (Tiffany) Russell of Springfield, Ohio, Lindsay (Rob) Ford of West Lafayette, and Jeremy Russell of Eaton; and 22 great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Keith Dawson, and her brother, Robert Metzger.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with David Phillips and Alex Falder officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the service Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Clyde and Erma Dawson Friends Church Memorial Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Erma may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Aug 15