Marcella A. Dawson

Marcella Agnes Dawson, 96, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at her home in The Renaissance in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Following Marcy’s gift to Science Care, Inc., she will be laid to rest next to husband, Robert Dawson, in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix at a later date. Friends and family wishing to leave a memorial gift in Marcy’s name may do so to the charity of their choice, or to St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 South Dobson Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

Marcella was born March 31, 1924, on the family farm on Dupanda Road in Otter Creek Township, Tama County, Iowa, to John E. Benda and Agnes E. Staricky. She attended a one room school adjacent to the family farm through the eighth grade. Marcy was valedictorian of the Toledo High School class of 1941 in Toledo, Iowa, and a 1946 graduate of St. Thomas Mercy Nursing School in Marshalltown, Iowa. Following high school graduation, Marcy was too young to enroll in nursing school, so she taught school in the one room school adjacent to the family farm and then spent time with her sister, Martha, in Hagerstown, MD, and working at Fairchild Aircraft supporting the WWII war effort. On November 23, 1946, she married Robert Dawson in Marshalltown. Marcy and Bob retired to Arizona in 1984, first to Tempe and then to Sun Lakes. After a few years following Bob’s death on July 23, 1994, she married Douglas Parker in September 1997 in Sun Lakes, AZ, with Doug passing away August 27, 2019.

Marcy was a registered nurse for many years practicing first at St. Thomas Mercy Hospital, then at Marshalltown Area Community Hospital in Marshalltown, and finally at Chandler Regional Medical Center, in Chandler, AZ. Following her retirement from nursing, she volunteered at Chandler Medical Center plus spending many afternoons and evenings fulfilling her passion for bridge and other card games. She was an active member of St. Steven’s Catholic Church in Sun Lakes. Marcy was a very talented seamstress, making or altering just about anything for friends and family in Iowa and Arizona.

Marcy is survived by her six children, Bill of Castle Pines, CO, Kate Hutcheson of Colorado Springs, CO, Christine of Astoria, NY, Michael (Leslie Byrnes) of Toronto, Canada, Jim (Laura) of Phoenix, AZ, and Laurie of Ames, IA; grandchildren, Ashlee (Chris) Denning of Birdsboro, PA, Brian (Kim) Dawson of Keller, TX, Jeff (Angie) Dawson of Herriman, UT, Eric (Jaimie) Dawson of Rochester Hills, MI, and Danielle Dawson of Yucca Valley, CA; great grand children, Kyle (Denisa) Denning of Winchester, VA, Jacob, Aidan, and Olivia Dawson of Keller, TX, Kelsey (Quentin) Lanoue of West Jordan, UT, Grace Dawson of Herriman, UT, and Jaxson and Hayden Dawson of Rochester Hills, MI; sister, Sister Ludmilla Benda, of Chicago, IL; and sister-in-law; Avonelle Dawson of Sun Lakes, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Agnes; husbands, Robert Dawson and Douglas Parker; daughter-in-law Virginia Dawson in 2017; sisters, Hilda Zmolek and Martha Strachota; and brothers, Cyril, John, and Leo.