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Barbara Jean Dawson September 28, 1927 - July 19, 2021

Barbara “Jean” Dawson (nee: Shand), 93, of Boise, passed away July 19, 2021. Jean was born on September 28, 1927, in Manti, Utah to parents Grace Ventris and Clyde Shand.

Jean graduated from Springville High School in Utah. She attended Washington State in Pullman, Whitworth College in Spokane, and earned a teaching degree from Eastern Washington College of Education. She received a master’s degree in Christian Education from The Biblical Seminary of New York. In preparation for her chosen career of being a Missionary / Linguist to other countries, she attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics training course held at the University of North Dakota. Jean later helped to teach that course to others.

She married Francis Burton Dawson in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1977 and immediately inherited 5 stepchildren.

Jean was known for her gracious loving kindness, willingness to help others, and passion for her Christian work in bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen, she spent many years working overseas in places like the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. She did Bible translation, but her passion was always teaching. She helped make primers for teachers to use in elementary education, taught ESL to foreign college students, and prepared many Sunday School teachers books.

She is survived by her spouse of 44 years, Francis “Bus” Dawson and sister Yvonne Shand. Jean has 4 nieces, 5 stepchildren and many grand and great grandkids.

She was greeted in Heaven by her parents, 3 sisters, many relatives, friends, and co-workers who preceded her to Glory.

The internment will be August 4, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. The service will be conducted by her family with grandson Pastor Andrew Luedtke officiating.

She will be missed by all who knew her and had the opportunity work with her. Rest in Peace.

A committal service will be held, 10:00 am, August 4, 2021 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise.


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    Grace Michele Villalobos says

    It’s with a heavy heart that I learned of my aunt Jean’s passing. I am assured that she will be in a better place, but I am aware that her loved ones will miss her very much.
    Jean was a devoted sister to my mother and to her other sisters throughout her life. She was characterized by works of service to help those in the family that needed help. She always did so with an open heart and with no expectation of reward. She devoted her life to service of others, including those on the mission field for whom she labored diligently for the sake if Christ. She was giving and loving person that always had a smile on her face and a kind word for others. God bless her!

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    Steve Quakenbush says

    Dear Bus, God be with you as you grieve the loss of a beautiful soulmate. Love & prayers, Steve & Janice Quakenbush

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    Valerie G Hires says

    Dear Bus and family,
    We send our greetings, love and condolences as we remember our friend Jean, her life and passion for the Lord Jesus and the Manobos she touched. Jean’s wonderful example and encouragement to us as newbies in literacy are fondly remembered. We have been in touch with the Murrays lately who would really like to connect with you. I will share this news of Jean with them. With our prayers for you, Valerie and George Hires

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    Mary Lois Ashley says

    Dear Bus and family, Just heard of Jean’s homegoing!! Jean has always been an example and kind loving friend since we first met her iwhen we arrived in the Philippines to our last visit not so very long ago here at Viv’s place in Dallas! Thankful for Jesus and all that He means to each of us and looking forward to the day, “When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be!!” God bless you Bus and each of the family. I know you will all miss her. In His care, Lois Ashley and for the Ashley family

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    David and Linda Johnson says

    Dear Bus,
    Our hearts go out to you at this earthly loss. We are also rejoicing knowing that Jean is with the Lord. What a precious woman she was! We love you and pray that .the Lord will comfort you and keep you in His loving arms.
    Love in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    Linda and David Johnson

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    David and Linda Johnson says

    Dear Dale and Pat,
    Our sympathy to you at the earthly loss of dear Jean. Your care for Jean and your dad has been much appreciated by all of us who love them (and you too!). May the Lord comfort and encourage you through this time of adjustment.
    In Christ,
    David and Linda Johnson

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    Mickey & Al Williams says

    Dear Bus and family,

    We grieve with you in the passing of Jean from this life to the next, but we rejoice with her in her promotion to God’s very presence! We pray for God’s peace and comfort for you all. God bless you.

    Mickey and Al Williams, Philippines Branch colleagues

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    Linda Louise Greene says

    My aunt Jean was. the dearest , kind person. She loved her Lord and savior
    and it radiated in her life.. We didn’t see her alot growing up in Texas but when we did it was if she lived next door.
    Our heart breaks for Bus in his loss of his sweet Jean! They were a precious couple. I know this is only a temporary separation for all of us! Love to Bus and family. We will hold tight to our memories especially her Laugh!!

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    Marjorie Cook says

    Sorry to hear about Jean leaving here, but thankful she is with the Lord. Blessings, Bus, to you. Hard to believe it was 44 years ago you were married.

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    Arthur Lightbody says

    Dear Bus and Family: Jean was a treasure. Full of kindness and encouragement. May God give you His peace. I just have to add, I lived a few years of my childhood in Eastern Washington and had a son go to Washington State. So maybe that Palouse connection is partly what unknowingly fueled my liking for Jean! Arthur Lightbody and for Kathleen

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    Anna Ingerman says

    Dear Bus and family, I was one of the later ones to get to know you both and to hear all your amazing stories! I have learned much from you and Jean.

    Praying for you now in this time of temporary separation! Anna Ingerman

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    Brian & Beth Schwartz says

    Dear Bus and Family, I first met you both in 2009 at Nasuli. I was new on the mission field. I have always been amazed at both of your passion for furthering the gospel. Jean was such a sweet and Godly woman, and I know she is enjoying her reward now. Your testimony has been a great encouragement to me during trying times. Our family is praying for God’s comfort and peace as you grieve this temporary separation.

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