In Memoriam:
Marcella Jehl Dawson
1941 - 2003

Marcella Dawson was the County Co-Coordinator for the MDGenWeb's St. Mary's County site, along with Linda Reno. Marcella handled the technical and programming tasks associated with the site in a very professional and proficient manner. The St. Mary's County site is generally accepted as one of the finest in the entire state due to its technical excellence as well as the richness of its content and its eye-pleasing design, due in large part to Marcella's talents. The entire MDGenWeb community, volunteers as well as researchers, will miss Marcella, and we offer our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

The following obituary appeared in The Houston Chronicle:
MARCELLA JEHL DAWSON passed away in her home on Thursday, September 4, 2003. She was at complete peace with God, her family and the world around her. She provided the backbone of our family and will be missed immensely. The memories of her strength of character and devotion to her family will last forever.

Marcella was born on March 18th, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas, the oldest child of Marcella Jehl and Karl Gerchsheimer. Her family moved to Wurzburg, Germany, at the end of World War II and then returned to live in East Bernard, Texas. She graduated from Rice University and married Charles Rapier Dawson in 1963. She and Rap settled in Houston and raised a happy and loving family. She is remembered by all as being dedicated, strong, and hard working. She lived her life simply and was committed to having a positive impact on the lives of those around her.

Marcella is survived by her husband Rap; her four children and their spouses, Marcella and Daniel Watkins, Carl Rapier 'Bo' and Kathleen, Felix Jehl and Deborah, and John Rapier and fiance Mary Saunders Dilg; grandchildren Emily, Margaret, and Sydney Watkins, Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Dawson, and Erica, Rhett and Helen Dawson; and her sisters Carlota Sweeney and Heidi O'Keefe.

There will be a Memorial Mass followed by a reception at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd. @ Shepherd at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12th 2003.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Marcella's name to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at 510 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752; (512)339-1997

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