Dawson, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Dana, Jr.)


Sept. 21, 1917-Dec. 31, 1999
Betty was born to Myrtle and Paul Howe in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and had a love for the Lord and an appetite for life that were matched in their devotion and enthusiasm.
She was the Fort Smith women’s tennis champion for two years. She loved to sing and play the piano, and was happiest as the wife of a Methodist minister. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Paris, France, where she felt comfortable speaking French, her major in school. She sang alto in the Chancel Choir and spent a great deal of time as a youth counselor in the churches where her husband, Dana, was appointed. She enjoyed camping, nature and the beauty of God’s creation. She was a marvelous hostess, and delighted in having guests in her home.
She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she was the May queen and received many other honors. She was a member of P.E.O. and a United Methodist Women’s circle. Betty and Dana were married for 50 years before his death on April 18, 1993.
She is survived by one sister, Winifred Gover, 217 Lecta Avenue, For Smith, AR 712901 (nephew, David H. Gover); and two daughters, Linda Banas, 802 Bobolink Court, Slidell, LA 70461 (grandson, Ian Christopher, and granddaughter, Kathryn Michelle), and Liz Dover, 408 Regis Cove, Cordova, TN 38018.
Betty is loved and missed by her family and friends. She was a dedicated wife and mother, and will be remembered as a lovely, gracious lady who reflected the love of Jesus Christ throughout her life.
“When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places…what is man, that you think of him; mere man, that you care for him? Yet, you made him inferior only to yourself; you crowned him with glory and honor. You appointed him ruler over everything you made; you placed him over all creation; sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas. O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!” Psalm 8:3-9 (TEV)
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 250

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