Denise Ann Dawson


July 31, 1962  –  April 18, 2023


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Denise Ann Dawson

Denise (Hall) Dawson passed away peacefully in the early morning of April 18th, 2023, after a short, but hard fought battle with cancer. Denise was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital on July 31, 1962, in Wenatchee, WA. to Dennis and JoAnn (Lorraine) Hall. She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary, Pioneer Junior High and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1980.

Growing up, Denise loved to swim and swam competitively on the Wenatchee swim team. She also cherished all the summers that were spent at the family cabin on Lake Chelan where she learned to ski, could swim to her heart’s content, and lay out in the sun with all of the McMonigle girls. There were many family trips as she grew up, whether it be in the camper to the ocean or Disneyland or Spring Break trips to an amusement park in California or going on her first airplane trip to Maui, all with the Baumgardner family.

After graduation, Denise moved to Spokane, WA and attended Kinman Business College, where she earned a certification as a Medical Assistant in 1982. Denise eventually moved to Seattle where she continued her career as a medical assistant and eventually started her family. Denise had her only daughter, Amanda, in 1990. From the day Amanda was born they were inseparable. Denise was very involved in anything that Amanda did, from swimming, volleyball or being a part of the PTO at St. Anthony’s school in Renton. Denise and Amanda loved to shop, go out to eat or just hangout and watch a movie.

In 1998, Denise joined the team of Inglewood Family Health in Kenmore, WA as the bookkeeper, before becoming the Office Manager in 2003. She was skilled and knowledgeable, and led with kindness, fun and a smile on her face. Her office was tiki-themed, complete with an ever-growing display of flamingos. It’s here that she met her husband of 16 years, Dr. Tom Dawson. Married in 2006, Tom and Denise were companions, play mates, and best friends. Tom loved to make her laugh and they loved being together, whatever they were doing, be it at their cabin on Discovery Bay, dinner with the kids at Tokyo Grill, or a quiet evening at home watching Perry Mason and Matlock reruns.

Denise was an animal lover and worked at the Humane Society in 2008-2009. In 2017, she got her beloved dog, a mini-Schnauzer, they named Audi. Denise brought a warm, calm presence to every space she entered. Rarely flappable, Denise was cool under pressure and made every group she joined more enjoyable. She always made you feel special to her, either with a kind word, a compliment, or a thoughtful gift she picked out, just for you. Denise loved dinners with friends and family, beautiful things, and walking Audi. Denise was dearly loved and will be desperately missed.

Denise is survived by her parents Dennis and JoAnn Hall, her husband Dr. Thomas Dawson, her daughter Amanda Gomes, her sister Jody Richards (Rob) and nephew Cooper, stepchildren Molly DuQue (Justin) and Andrew Dawson (Elizabeth), and grandchildren and Brinly and Myla DuQue, and Benjamin and Finnley Dawson.

Celebration of Life Service
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 2PM
Eastside Foursquare Church
14520 100th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011

All are welcome to join us to honor and celebrate the life of Denise. Inquires and questions can be sent to Molly DuQue, 406-580-4224. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Denise’s honor at your local Humane Society.

6 Responses to “Denise Ann Dawson”

  • Barb Dawson says:

    Denise became my sister in law and my best friend. She was cherished by me and my partner, Bob Longmire. We treasured the weekends when she and Tom would come up to their beach house and we would go find new restaurants for dinner.
    Our happy hours and shopping will be memories forever. I love you Denise.

  • Andrew L Dawson says:

    Denise was such a kind spirit and so very peaceful to be around 🥰 She has a great laugh, was thoughtful, and was willing to help others at the drop of a hat. Though, she will be greatly missed, her spirit is free. We love you, DeeDee!!

  • Mary Lou Bunn says:

    Denise was my niece. We spent lots of time together when she was in Spokane. She and I shared lots of stories and she was the closest thing to a daughter. She and Tom visited when they came my way in Idaho. She was sweet and extremely caring. I will miss her always.

  • Siobhan Fryhover says:

    Denise was one of my BFFs in grade school at Saint Joseph school!!! She was so kind, caring and funny!!!!! Then we went to different junior highs but our friendship continued due to our cabins close together in chelan! These are some of my favorite memories!!! Sleepovers, swimming back and forth to our cabins and bopping around in the boat and Dennis pulling us water skiing! I am just so sad I won’t see Denise again. We had one of those friendships that no matter how much time passed, we would pick right back up where we left off! We had so many family connections as well which intertwined us more! I will miss her beautiful spirit but I know she is flying with the angels now! She was an Angel on this earth!!! Xoxox

  • Elaine Falconer says:

    RIP sweet friend. You will be dearly missed by all!

  • Brianna Brodniak says:

    I’m grateful for the time we spent with you. You always had a sparkle in your eye and a warm smile. I knew if we were gathering with you that we were in for a fun time. We shared a love for beauty and you’re one of the few family and friends to make it a point to come see me when I was working at the makeup counter and I’m so appreciative of the support you showed me. It’s hard to believe that you are gone but I know that you are not far.

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