Mrs. Dawn Evans Dize, 79, beloved mayor, longtime councilwoman, and lifelong resident of Onley, VA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with her loving family at her side.

Born June 14, 1939 in Onley, she was the daughter of the late James Twyford Evans and Winnie Core Evans and devoted wife of the late Richard Wayne Dize, Sr.  She is survived by her two children, Wayne Dize and wife Anne of Onancock, VA and Cyndi Franklin of Locustville, VA; brother, Jerry Evans and wife June of Onley; nephew, Terry Evans and wife Julie; niece, Beverly Dize; great-nephews, Josh Evans and wife Amanda, and Cody Evans. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her niece, Holly June Evans.

Following high school, Dawn began working for Watson Furniture Company, where she remained until she and Dickie started a family.  After working various places, including Fashion Eye, while her children were school age, she accepted a position as bookkeeper for the Eastern Shore News, retiring as Credit Manager for the Daily Times with 42 years of dedicated service to the Gannett Company. As the current mayor of Onley, Dawn was very passionate about her hometown, also serving more than 18 years on the town council and was a faithful member of the Onley Baptist Church.

Sweet, strong, selfless – words that describe an incredible woman, wife, mother, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed by loved ones and her community.

The family will greet friends at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the Onley Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend John Burr officiating.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside Shore Cancer Center,  P.O. Box 430, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.


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