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Dawn A. Deets

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:43 a.m. CDT
Dawn A. Deets

DIXON – Dawn Arline Deets, 80, of Dixon, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.  

Dawn was born June 16, 1933, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Abner P. and Orrall S. (Mooney) Deets. She was a graduate of Dixon High School, St. Paul Bible College, and SwedishAmerican School of Nursing. 

In 1959, Dawn began her 40-year career as a missionary nurse in Vietnam, working with leprosy patients. After a forced departure from Vietnam in 1975, during the war in which Dawn briefly was taken as prisoner, she began service in 1978 in Indonesia for 7 years. She then began another adventure in Malaysia in 1985, for 4 years at the Dalat School. Dawn began the last 10 years of her career in the Philippines in 1990.

Survivors include one brother, Wallace (Etta) Deets of Marble Hill, Mo.; her niece, Drena Deets, and nephews, Edward Deets and Gregory (Diane) Deets, all of the area; and several out-of-town nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her two brothers and sisters-in-law, Merle (Katie) and Melvin (Betty).

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randy Sizemore, pastor of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church in Dixon, officiating.  

Memorials have been established to the Christian Missionary Alliance for The Great Commission Fund and Child Evangelism Fellowship.

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