Winnie Ruth Dawson


Winnie Ruth Dawson was born June 29, 1927, in Huntland, TN, and passed away peacefully in her sleep September 12, 2022, in Columbia, MO at the age of 95. She was surrounded by the loving care of her son Bob, daughter Barbara, and devoted caregiver Lisa. Winnie Ruth had formerly resided in Pearland, TX and La Marque, TX where she attended First Baptist of La Marque, Shady Crest Baptist Church as well as New Harvest Church. Winnie Ruth briefly served her country as an enlisted WAVE at the Naval base in Chicago where she met her husband, and they began their 59-year adventure together. Later Winnie Ruth retired from LMISD as an Educational Diagnostician after years of service to handicapped students. Upon retirement, she became a master gardener and spent the rest of her life planting trees.

Winne reunites with her late husband, Earl B. Dawson; parents, James and Susan Isbell; sisters: “Suzie” Enzena Doerschuck, Dorothea Ophelia Nations, Katherine Saylor, and Francis Smothers; brothers: James Franklin Isbell, Jr., Howard Isbell, Bill “William” Isbell, and Paul Isbell.

She leaves behind her daughters: Barbara Gail Dawson, Diana Lynn Dawson, spouse Elizabeth Hallow, and Patricia Ann Dawson-Black, husband Randy; son, Robert Earl Dawson; grandchildren: David Randall Black, Kira Alexis Black, William Dawson-Hallow, Alice Isbell Dawson-Hallow and step-grandson Chris Mordecai “Cai” Black; Ruth’s baby sister, Ann Scott; as well as her survives in Tennessee.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland. Funeral service will begin Monday, September 19, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Crowder Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.



  1. Dear Pat and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May life provide her loved ones comfort and reassurance from unexpected and invisible sources.
    I remember how Mrs. Dawson transformed the yard of the Friendswood house into a bright, colorful garden. Her modest manners seemed to disguise her super powers. Her life-force can now expand into illimitable space!
    She leaves her family with a beautiful heritage and a strong momentum compelling a bright, productive future.

    Urla Morgan
  2. She and I were friends at Shadycrest Baptist! Our class meet at her house for our meetings several times! She was a very special, sweet lady! I have missed her since she moved away! We stayed in touch for a while! Bless her dear heart! My prayers are for her family who have lost a wonderful personality!

    Ann L. Skipper
  3. My prayers are with the family, and Barb may your memories be cherished and get you through this.

    Bonnie Vedenhoupt
    • Thank you so much Bonnie.

      Barbara Dawson
  4. Pat and Randy, Kira and David, I was hoping to be able to view your mom’s (grandmother’s) service, but I can’t find it. I would have loved to hear stories about her. She was a remarkable woman and I’m glad I got to know her. Hope you all are ok.

    Linda McCormick

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