Esther Dawson

Esther Dawson

Esther Dawson, a retired educator, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2019 at Abington Memorial Hospital. She was 73.

She was born on Jan. 24, 1946, in Abington to the late William H. and Mabel D. Gordon Wilson. She was the seventh of eight children.

At the age of 13, Dawson was baptized and joined Bethlehem Baptist Church under the late Rev. Guy G. McGee Sr. In her youth, she attended Sunday school, B.Y.P.U. and sang on the junior choir.

She received her elementary education in the Penllyn and Spring House school systems. She graduated from Wissahickon High School in 1963.

While in high school, Dawson was an avid bowler as well as softball, field hockey, basketball player. Afterward, she continued her education at Virginia Union University and earned bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1967.

Dawson taught fourth grade in the Upper Dublin School District. Later, she became a teacher and supervisor for the Bucks County Head Start Program in Bristol. She then retired after 30 years of service.

She met the Rev. Arthur J. Dawson in 1968 and married him on March 22, 1969. They had two children during their 43-year marriage.

During their final years together, she became a full-time caregiver for her husband before he passed away.

Dawson was known to her children and grandchildren’s friends as “Memom.” She could always be found attending sporting, dance and school events.

Later in life, Dawson joined St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Trevose under the Rev. Allen Jenkins and oversaw the food pantry and youth activities. Her passion to see youth worship Christ and making sure families did not go hungry were her top priorities until she became ill.

She always followed her favorite quote, “If I can help somebody as I pass along the way, then my living shall not be in vain.”

She was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Wilson, and sister, Mabel Wilson.

Dawson is survived by: her daughter, Arlisha J. Edwards; son, James A. Dawson Jr.; son-in-law, Tracy Edwards; daughter-in-law, Toshia Dawson; sisters, Laura Brown and June Gaskins (Alfred); brothers, Lawrence Wilson, Calvin Wilson and Wayne Wilson; grandchildren, Jermaine Durrant, Brennan, Ronisha, Tra and Junia Edwards and Takeo Dawson; great-grandson, Ace Durrant; other relatives; and friends.

Services will be held July 6 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Washington Crossing National Park.

Beckett and Hodges Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

ajones@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5747

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