A beautiful spirit is now with the angels. Janet Marie Dawson, 72, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; loving mother and wife, successful business woman, benefactor, and friend to all passed peacefully on October 28, 2018 after an extended illness. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she was born on May 6, 1946, the oldest of seven children to Richard and Frances Fogarty. After graduating from St. Vincent's Academy, her life changed forever in 1967 when she met the love of her life, Donald Dawson. The southern belle soon married and spent the next 52 years together, raising a family, building successful businesses, contributing to the community, and touring the world. Janet had a quick smile, generous heart, and kind word for all. She was the President of Dawson & Associates and active in many local charities. She loved decorating her homes in Lawrenceville and Hilton Head, traveling throughout Europe, and spending time with friends, but her greatest joy was caring for her children and grandchildren. From family trips to beach vacations, Janet put the fun in any event. The 4th of July parties, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners she and Don hosted for the neighborhood and family were the highlights of every year. She is survived by her loving husband Donald, daughter Debbie Wilkes (Joe), and son Donald Dawson (Michelle). Her youngest child Michelle, grandson Christopher, and her parents preceded her in death. Her extended family includes seven grandchildren, thirteen nieces and nephews, and six siblings, all who will miss her greatly. A viewing will be held for friends and family at Wages and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 4pm - 8pm. A funeral mass celebrating her life will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11am with interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park.

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  1. I worked for Mrs. Dawson @ Dawson Associates for 6 years; during that time I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most thoughtful, caring and gracious ladies I’ve ever met. Mrs. Dawson really cared about her company and the employees. It was nothing to go sit in her office and chit chat about any and everything; she took great interests in your personal life, and was quick to find ways to help others. I really enjoyed her “Ladies” Christmas parties; that was one of the many ways Mrs. Dawson showed how much she appreciated and loved her employees and friends.
    She will be missed immensely by family and friends. To know her was to love her. Rest in peace Mrs. Dawson, you have definitely earned your wings!!!

  2. Janet was a bright light to all who knew her. She was very close to every member of her family and friends. She showed her love
    through acts of kindness and generosity beyond what you could imagine. She was a beautiful lady both inside and out. She was
    the ultimate hostess when she was entertaining at her home in Atlanta and Hilton Head.
    This Catholic woman was true to her faith.: Love your neighbor as yourself. She is now an angel in heaven with her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. I know he will welcome her with open arms.

  3. My heart goes out to the entire family. Janet and her husband were great friends of my husband, Greg, and me during our years we lived in Lawrenceville. Their son, Donald, and our son, Jason, were good friends for our thirteen years in Georgia, and still keep in contact. Janet and I took turns keeping the boys during those early years. She was a smart, kind, loving and generous friend who gave so willingly of her time to others. We were blessed to have known her, and she will certainly be missed by so many. I extend to all the family my love and heartfelt sympathy in the passing of this remarkable woman.

  4. Very sorry to learn of the family’s loss. Mrs. Dawson was a kind and loving lady who welcomed all of her children’s friends into their home. She will be missed.

  5. My cousin Janet was a beautiful, kind, and generous person who loved her family with her entire heart and soul. She was there when anyone needed her, and she trusted in God through the challenging times of her life. Janet found her joy by bringing great joy to others. This extended to her friends, neighbors, and those who worked for her. Janet reached out to help others in a generous and humble way. She will be missed by her family and those whose lives she touched by her goodness.

  6. So sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Dawson. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this time. Debbie and Donald we are thinking of you and praying for you two and your Dad. A lot of found memories of growing up with you guys and the fun we had in the neighborhood as well as the trouble we got into. We cherish those memories and fun times we had and remember your mom well, she will be missed.. I wish we could have made it to the proceedings to see you all. Just know she is in a better place now and will be watching over you. God bless

  7. I am speaking on behalf of Stephen Fogarty and myself due to being out in California training in the Marine Corps. There are no words to describe the impact our aunt Janet had on not just our lives but our family as a whole. In my 21 years of being alive, I have never met a woman with the kind of heart my aunt Janet had. Her generosity went a tremendous way and taught me that life is not about what you get but what you GIVE. It was never about what she had did but what she hadn’t done for someone, and for that I will forever be grateful. The impact she had not just as an aunt but sister, daughter, and mother was more then we ever could’ve asked for. Our loss is heavens` gain and she will truly be missed. Rest easy Aunt Janet, We love you and you will always be in our hearts.

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