Roberta (Bobbie) Lee Dawson


July 4th, 1920  to  April 26, 2023


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Roberta Lee Dawson

Roberta Lee Dawson, 102, passed away peacefully in Bellevue on April 26th. Roberta was the daughter of George L. Standring and Edna Lee Standring.  Bobbie was born in Tacoma on July 4th, 1920 and had two sisters, Georgia and Helen, both deceased.

She graduated from Holy Names Academy and attended U of W before meeting her husband, Major Thomas A. Dawson.  They married in 1946 and lived in Seattle before moving to Vashon Island in 1958.

She and Tom started Dawson Construction in the Shorewood area of south Seattle, building many view homes until moving to Vashon.

Tom, her husband, pre-deceased her in 1966. They had three children, Linda Dawson, Barbara Dawson and Dr. Thomas S. Dawson, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Bobbie was a stay at home mother until her children entered Universities. She moved to Bellevue in 1969, volunteering in a hospital in Redmond for 21 years.

She was an active bridge player, wonderful cook and loved the birds that visited her deck.

Her parents were on the forefront of developing public transportation in Seattle by starting the first bus line from Seattle to Kent and Auburn.

Bobbie will be put with her husband Tom at Tahoma National Cemetery in Auburn. Family memorial will be later this summer.

4 Responses to “Roberta (Bobbie) Lee Dawson”

  • Ryan says:

    I will miss you Grandma, I am thankful you stayed with us as long as you did!

  • Andrew Dawson says:

    Thank you for the fun memories and for keeping us on track. I also will miss you Grandma…and may God bless you and keep you until we meet again. Love you!!

  • Liz Dawson says:

    Grandma Bobbie was a good grandmother in law to me. She seemed to always enjoy our visits with her in her pretty Bellevue apartment, even when we had very busy little boys tagging along. She always had some sort of party favor for the boys….pads of note paper, stickers, American flag toothpicks, etc. She kindly gifted me a few beautiful items from her kitchen along the way. Andy and I were able to have some goods chats with her within those visits as well. She was thoughtful and in that way and it was always nice to visit with her. May she rest in peace.

  • Brianna Brodniak says:

    I feel very fortunate to have had Bobbie in my life. She was very much like a Grandma to me for nearly thirty years. What I cherish the most about her is that we were both Nordys gals at one point in our lives. I think we rejoice when we meet a kindred spirit and I admired that Bobbie was always witty and perfectly coiffed and seemed to inspire others to put their best selves forward too. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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