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Euneva & Albert Dawson

Euneva & Albert Dawson

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at

Calvary Tabernacle Apostolic Church, 601 Panama Lane 11:00am Saturday, June 24, 2023 for Euneva Rae Dawson and Albert Franklin Dawson, lovingly referred to as Pops and Grams

 

 

Euneva Rae Dawson (Grams)

Sunrise 11/10/1941

Sunset 5/27/2023

 

Euneva was born November 10, 1941, in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Loe and Pearl Jackson and came to Bakersfield as a child. She attended school at Wayside Elementary, Golden State Junior High and Bakersfield High School. Euneva married her childhood sweetheart Albert Dawson in in 1959 and the Dawson family called Bakersfield home and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed a Varity of things including gardening for which many said she had a "green thumb" sewing, computer games, playing pranks, most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. In her earlier years she was the church pianist at Mark Street Church in Arvin, CA. where many times she would "get happy" under the anointing of the Holy Ghost and "shout" on the piano bench and you knew to watch out for those flying bobby pins.

 

Euneva loved the Lord and spent most of her life attending churches in Arvin, Weedpatch, and Bakersfield.  Although in recent years health conditions prevented her from attending in person, she would often watch Facebook online services and listened to gospel music.

 

Euneva aka Grams had a special relationship with her oldest grandchild Alisha Dawson, Alisha shared "When I was a little girl, I was scared to sleep by myself so, I slept between Pops and Grams (most are not surprised by this) I slept on Pops arm or Pops and Grams would face each other and put their arm around each other encasing me in the middle of them. When Shannon was there the four of us slept in the same full-size bed with our arms around each other…I’m sure Pops and Grams didn't rest well but they never complained. We always said goodnight, I love you, sweet dreams and don’t let the bed bug’s bite. At some point Grams came up with the idea to play “the quiet game” one of us must have been talking too much (probably Shannon lol) now we said, good night, I love you, sweet dreams, don’t let the bed bugs bite and START. I called and told her this not too long ago. Although, I will never hear those

words from them again…I AM FORVER BLESSED to have had the very best life and memories with my Pops and Grams. Goodnight, I love you forever, sweet dreams, don’t let the bed bugs bite, start 💞"

 

Euneva was preceded in death by her husband Albert Dawson (pops), Son Donny Dawson of Bakersfield, CA Parents, Loe and Pearl Jackson all of Bakersfield, Brother John Jackson of Bell Gardens, Brother Weldon and wife Donna Jackson of Bakersfield, Brother Laverne, and wife Paula Jackson of Lancaster

 

She is survived by her daughter Linda Silas and life partner Kenny Mullen, Son Gerald Dawson, and life partner Cristian Sanchez all of Bakersfield, CA. Granddaughter Alisha Dawson of Belgrade, MT.  Brother Veachel and wife Barbara of Ridgecrest, CA; 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and host of church family and friends.

 

 

Albert Franklin Dawson (Pops)

Sunrise 1/27/1941

Sunset 8/11/2020

 

Albert was born in Buckeye, Arizona on January 27, 1941, to Obie and Luella Dawson. He married Euneva Jackson at age 18, and they shared 61 years of happiness. He worked for Kern Valley Packing Company in Bakersfield for over 30 years before his retirement as a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770. Albert loved his family and took immense pleasure in spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Albert’s parents and grandparents migrated from Texas in the 1930s, seeking work during the Great Depression. They eventually settled in the Lamont area, where Albert’s father obtained long-term employment on a farm on Edison Hwy.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Albert was stationed aboard the USS Gurke (DD-783) when his first son was born on April 17, 1961. After returning home, he lived out the remainder of his life in Bakersfield.

Albert loved the Lord and spent most of his life attending churches in Arvin, Weedpatch and Bakersfield, although in recent years, numerous health conditions (which included COPD, stage 3 kidney failure, diabetes, and sleep apnea) prevented him from attending. He loved people and enjoyed talking with strangers and friends alike. His outgoing nature, open, friendly smile and incredible sense of humor will never be forgotten by friends and family—and, no doubt, a number of people who never knew his name, but were touched by his pleasant personality and contagious laughter.

As Alberts health declined, his granddaughter Alisha Dawson became his most attentive caretaker, managing his medications, lovely assisting with all needs associated with his health. Alisha knew everything associated with his medical needs. Tirelessly caring for her Pops. It was not unusual to come into Pops and Grams home and find Alisha on her knees in front of Pops, helping with his food, massaging his feet, manicuring his toenails.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Obie, and Luella Dawson; two brothers, Kennith Dawson and Jackie Dawson; and a son, Donald Dawson. He is survived by his wife, Euneva Dawson of Bakersfield; two children, Linda Dawson and life partner Kenny Mullen of Bakersfield, and son, Gerald Dawson and life partner Cristian Sanchez also of Bakersfield; three sisters, Helen Adams of Bakersfield, Nonie

Treadwell and husband Fred, also of Bakersfield, and Delia Latham and husband Johnny of Quitman, Texas; two brothers, Johnny Dawson and wife JoAnn of Lowell, Arkansas, and Dale Dawson and wife Elaine of Bakersfield; many nieces and nephews; and his wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.

Interment at Bakersfield National Cemetery 30338 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, Ca 93203. Military Honors Burial Service Monday, June 26, 2023, at 10;45 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

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