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Oleta Dell Dawson, 83, of Dawson Creek Lane, Burlington, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at Piney Valley Nursing Home while under the care of Mountain Hospice.
Born on July 20, 1934, in Burlington, she was a daughter of the late Charles Sylvester and Oleta Blanche (Riddle) Blackburn. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Samuel Dale Blackburn and Charles Franklin "Mose" Blackburn.
Mrs. Dawson was a 1953 graduate of Keyser High School, and, along with her husband, owned and operated Village Restaurant in Burlington for more than 25 years. Her roast beef and chili fed many townsfolk as well as hunters and those lucky enough to stop by while traveling along Route 50.
Pentecostal by faith, she was a founding member of Burlington Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Post 91, American Legion, Romney, W.Va. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and caretaker, she was always available to help anyone in need, and not only did she have a deep love for her family, she was a bright influence on an entire community.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Robert Lee "Sonny" Dawson; her children, Della Shoemaker and husband, Billy, of Burlington, Wendy Singleton and husband, Rick, of Fairmont, W.Va., and Robert "Herk" Dawson and wife, Sara, of Morgantown, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Tracy Rotruck and husband, Adam, Destinee Shoemaker, Ben Singleton, Alison Singleton, Kaylee Dawson, and Matison Dawson; and four great-grandchildren, Daulton, Daniel, Trulee and Samuel. Also surviving is her sister, Eleanor McDonald of Headsville, W.Va., and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Thomas Caldwell Jr. officiating.
Interment will be in Orchard View Cemetery, Burlington.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the donor's favorite charity.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. Dawson's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on November 24, 2017
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