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Bernice Sue (Johnson) Dawson, age 77, of Tiffin, MO, passed away at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO, on Saturday morning, November 4, 2017. Bernice was born February 10, 1940, in Humansville, MO, the daughter of Walter Johnson and Eva (Morris) Nicholson. Bernice attended school and grew up in Rockville, MO, with her many siblings.
Bernice married Harry Dawson on January 5, 1957. They were married 51 years, until Harry’s passing in 2008. To their union four children were born. Harry and Bernice lived in the area their whole lives, spending the majority of time in the Roscoe area and living briefly in Rockville.
Bernice was a kind and thoughtful woman. She and Harry were always willing to help any of her family or friends that needed a helping hand. Their home was always open to their family and friends, of which there were many. Through good times and bad they provided a great example to their children and grandchildren of how a loving relationship can endure and overcome any obstacles that might come their way.
Since Harry’s passing, Bernice has continued to enjoy spending time with her children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling the country on various trips with her daughter Joann Atkinson.
Preceding Bernice in death was her husband, Harry; her parents, Walter and Eva; her brothers, Charlie and Bob; sisters, Edith and Earlene; and two grandchildren, Adam and Samantha.
Survivors include her four children: David of Kansas City, MO; Joann Atkinson and husband Mike of El Dorado Springs, MO; John of Tiffin, MO and girlfriend Julie Easley of El Dorado Springs, MO; Harry Jr. and wife Emily of Independence, MO; six grandchildren: Mitchell Trammel and Rachel Trammel of El Dorado Springs, MO; Nicholas Dawson, Kyle Dawson, Molly Dawson, and Allyson Dawson, all of Independence, MO; and three brothers: Richard Johnson and Bill Johnson of Kansas City, KS; and Ed Nicholson of Kansas, City, MO.
Funeral services for Bernice Dawson will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 2:00 PM at Bland-Hackleman Chapel, with visitation and viewing beginning at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Benton Green Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are: Harold Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Chuck Johnson, Walter Johnson, Mike Dawson, and Phillip Smith.