Susan Astin Dawson

April 19, 2013 

Susan Astin Dawson, age 72, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Family will receive friends between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, 401 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Julius Sidney and Maggie Mae Hill Astin.

Mrs. Dawson graduated from Needham-Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1959. She attended Mississippi State College for Woman, graduating in 1963.

Mrs. Dawson worked as an elementary school teacher and shared her love of reading (and her excellent penmanship) with generations of children. In retirement, she volunteered with Read & Feed, a local literacy organization.

She loved to garden with her husband and enjoyed developing beautiful gardens at the homes they shared throughout their marriage.

Since moving to Holly Springs in 2007, she was very active at her church, Fuquay-Varina Church of Christ; she and other women from the congregation got together weekly for Bible study and to write notes of encouragement to members. Mrs. Dawson also enjoyed teaching a children’s Sunday school class.

Mrs. Dawson loved being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. The highlights of her year were the annual family vacation to Navarre Beach, Florida and family Christmas celebrations.

Mrs. Dawson is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Dawson of Holly Springs, NC; daughters, Sarah Wainscott of Denton, TX, Ashley Eller of Canyon, TX, and Hilary Dawson of Arlington, VA ; sister, Wanda Woolsey; two brothers, David Astin and Tim Astin; and seven grandchildren.

Special thanks to all the staff of CenterPeace Companion Care and to Hospice of Wake County for their care of Mrs. Dawson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a local literacy organization with which she volunteered, Read & Feed, PO Box 5865, Cary, NC 27512-5865

Arrangement by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

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