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Phyllis Pauline Dawson, age 84, of Greenville, formerly of Lansing and Muskegon, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville. The daughter of Lester Charles & Viola Louise (Maasden) Bushnell, she was born on December 16, 1930 in Grand Rapids and grew up in Muskegon where she graduated from Muskegon High School.

On June 20, 1947, in Muskegon, she married Charles W. Dawson and together they raised three children and enjoyed 52 years of marriage until Charles passed away on January 28, 2000.

Phyllis was an active member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, having served on the church’s Vestry. She was an avid gardener, loved her cats, and enjoyed knitting and sewing.

Surviving are her children, Laura & Jim DeGoede of Grand Haven, Craig & Colleen Dawson of Lansing, and Scott & Roxane Dawson of Ashley; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 S. Clay Street at the corner of Cass Street, in downtown Greenville. The Rev. Father David Brower will preside and a luncheon in the church hall will follow the ceremonies. Instead of flowers, Phyllis would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Montcalm County Animal Shelter or Spectrum Health Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Phyllis’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on January 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


    01/28/2015 –


    Graig,Scott and Laura Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The Malone’s

    01/10/2015 –

    Kendall and Sandra Johnson

    Thank you Phyllis, for presence on the Lake, you were always picking up the trash along the side of the road you inspired a few of us, who watch you row your boat from end to end. God Bless and sympathy for your Family.

    01/08/2015 –

    Maureen Ruble

    I will always love you.

    01/08/2015 –

    Robin Lintz

    Laura, sending you and your family prayers. I will miss your Moms kind heart and warm smile. May she rest in peace.

    01/07/2015 –

    Kathleen Dawson

    Dear Laura, Craig and Scott,
    I am sorry about your loss. I am truly sad, but I have wonderful memories of Aunt Phyllis and our times spent together. Exchanging cards and letters about our families has been a highlight of my Christmas Season for many years. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness.

    01/06/2015 –

    Mary Jane (Dawson) Cook

    May eternal be granted to her and let perpetual light shine upon her. My deepest sympathies to Laura, Craig, Scott and families. Wish I could be there. Bill and I are in Texas visiting Ellen til the end of the month.

    01/06/2015 –

    Ellen Dawson Fogle

    Will miss our yearly Christmas card exchange .You are in my prayers .

    01/06/2015 –

    Richard Dawson


    01/06/2015 –

    Suzanne Dawson Lack

    Thinking of all of you at this time. I am in Texas visiting 2 of my children, so I won’t make the service. Love to all.

    01/05/2015 –

    Dana Phillips

    I will miss her smile and our chats at Meijers. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    01/05/2015 –

    Jack Dykstra


    So sorry to hear of your loss! We will be praying peace for you and your family.

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