Leada Josephine McGowen Dawson was born Oct. 20, 1907, at
Wittspring, Searcy Co., Arkansas, the second child of nine
children of Martin Ross and Martha Janey Fain McGowen.
Leada died January 25, 1994, at West Valley Hospital of
natural causes. She was 86 years, 3 months and 5 days.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 31,
1994, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Interment will
follow at the Middleton Cemetery.
At age 13, her parents moved to Prague, Oklahoma, where
she was raised. She lived also in New Mexico, Kansas and
Idaho. She met and married Samuel H. Gill, Dec. 5, 1926, and
he died in 1935. They had three children, and one child,
Samuel of Lenore, Idaho, survives. She then married Boyd E.
Dowers, May 25, 1937, and they later were divorced. To this
union were born two children, and one child survives, Bill D.
Dowers of Caldwell. She then married Clifford W. Dawson, Jan.
18, 1947, and he died Sept. 30, 1957. In addition to her two
surviving children, she is survived by a sister, Alice B.
Dawson, and a brother, William E. McGowen, both of Caldwell;
twelve grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Dakan Chapel, Monday, Jan. 31,
1994, with interment following at Middleton Cemetery.