Janice Marie Dawson, 81, passed away Aug. 26, 2018, in St. George, Utah. She was born Aug. 29, 1936, in Springfield, Colorado, to Estil and Irene Hazel Owens Caldwell.
She married J. Ward Dawson on Sept. 16, 1956, at United Methodist Church in Downey, California.
Janice and her parents moved to California in 1937. A graduate of Downey High School (Class of ’55), she married her high school sweetheart, Ward, in 1956. They raised three daughters in Downey & Villa Park, California, before moving to Utah in 1993.
She was an accomplished quilter who enjoyed sharing her talents with her family and friends. She was active in her community through various volunteer efforts, in particular her pet therapy visits to Ridgeview Gardens for almost eight years.
Janice is survived by her husband, Ward, of Ivins, Utah; daughters, Debbie (Merrill) Gilling of Scottsdale, Arizona, Wendy Dawson of New York City, New York, and Julie (Rob) Eriksen of New Braunfels, Texas; granddaughters, Cheryl Gilling of Phoenix, Arizona, Kristi (Larry) Belew of Glendale, Arizona, Stephanie Eriksen of Smithville, Texas, and Katie Eriksen of College Station, Texas; great-grandson, Oliver Rose of Smithville, Texas, and great-granddaughter, Riley Belew of Glendale, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ronald Caldwell of Dillon, Montana.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2-5 p.m., at the Kayenta Art Village, Ivins, Utah
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Janice’s name to the Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 474 N. 200 West, Ivins, UT 84738.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Metcalf Mortuary online.