Betty Jean Dawson, 82, of Centerville, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville. She was born the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Shaw) Cornett on June 29, 1931 in Centerville. She graduated from the Centerville High School in 1949.
On Dec. 24, 1952, Betty was united in marriage to Ben Dawson in Centerville. She worked for more then 10 years for the Centerville Community Betterment at the group home here in Centerville. She attended First Baptist Church in Centerville, was the past president of the local Weight Watchers Club and also past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
In death, she joins her parents; a son, Bennie David Dawson on Dec. 18, 1996; and brothers Bob Cornett, Clarence Cornett and Rick Cornett.
Betty is survived by her husband, Ben Dawson of Centerville; daughters, Cheryl Czyplicki and her husband, Allen of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Diana Stats and her husband, Steve of Cedar Falls; sisters, Marjorie Barber of Centerville and Judy Yezerski of Blue Grass; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Lloyd Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Haines Cemetery north of Centerville. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home with the family present from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to either the American Legion Auxiliary or to Haines Cemetery and can be left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Dawson family and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.