September 7, 1925 — December 30, 2017
Kathleen Hazel Dawson, aged 92, died peacefully on December 30, 2017, in Temecula, California, where she had been living with her daughter, Pamela Brown.
Kathleen was born September 7, 1925, in Hobart, Australia, the daughter of Cecil and Hazel Malthus. The Malthus family moved to Christchurch, New Zealand where Kathleen grew up and went to school. Kathleen graduated from Christchurch Girls High and went on to attend Canterbury University for both her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees.
Kathleen thoroughly enjoyed athletics and the outdoors. She was an avid bicycler and rode over much of New Zealand, camping with friends and family along the way. She loved to swim, especially in the ocean, ride horses, and play field hockey and tennis. She continued to play tennis throughout her life and won numerous club championships.
In 1952, Kathleen married the love of her life, Dr. Murray D. Dawson. Kath and Murray made their first home in Ithaca, New York, where Murray pursued a Ph.D. from Cornell University. While in Ithaca, Kath had the first of her six children and after Murray became a professor at Oregon State University, the family moved to Corvallis. They made Corvallis their home until 1975 and then spent years working overseas with periods living in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
In 1990, they retired to Monroe and then to Bothell, Washington. They were married for 63 wonderful years before he preceded her in death on September 3, 2015.
Kathleen excelled at whatever she put her mind to and was a devoted wife, mother, and friend.
She was as tenacious at playing bridge and tennis as she was artistic at quoting poetry and baking delicious pies.
Kath was always supportive of her children’s endeavors and could be counted on to help whenever needed. She will be sorely missed.
Kathleen is survived by her younger sister, Mary; daughters Suzanne Dawson, Jocelyn (Paru) D’Ahmed, Jennifer (Joel) Madrazo, Elizabeth (Oliver) Feeback, and Pamela (Jeff) Brown; son, Peter (Laurie) Dawson; six granddaughters and eight grandsons; four great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter; and many other relatives and close friends.
In addition to her husband, Kath was preceded in death by her three brothers; a grandson; and two granddaughters.
There will be a private service for family members in Seabeck, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her name to the Thai Christian Foundation (http://thaichristianfoundation.org/).