Ruth (Maxine) Dawson, 92, of Verona passed away on Feb. 23, 2024. She was born on May 5, 1931, in Reeds Spring, to Clyde and Stella (Smith) Barnes.
The family moved to Aurora where she attended Liberty School as a child. She worked hard as a young girl to help provide for the family including nine siblings. 
She is survived by her children, Dee Nelson of Verona, Cheryl David of Springfield, and Greg Dawson of Verona; one sister, Betty Melton; one brother, Rex Barnes; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Dawson; her parents; four brothers, Raymond, Robert, Freddy, and Lonnie; and three sisters, Elizabeth, Barbara, and Frieda.
A graveside service under the direction of Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora was held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.


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