Marcella Dorsey Dawson, 89, of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
She was born March 22, 1924, in Wilmington. She was a direct descendent of General John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee, and Charles Carroll of Maryland, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. She was one of nine children born to Alfred A. and Anna S. Dorsey.
Marcella graduated from P.S. DuPont High School. She was employed and retired from Delaware Trust after 22 years of service as an assistant treasurer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Donald E. Dawson Sr.; and her son, Sgt. Donald E. Dawson Jr. who died in 1968 while serving in Vietnam.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Warner and her husband Bruce of Hockessin; granddaughters Heather Dougherty and husband Joed and their children Miles and Sean of Wilmington, Lori Beth May and husband Charles and their children Logan, Charlie, and Cameron, of Landenberg, Pa., and Gwynne Borsello and husband Michael and their children, Thomas, Lola and Maximo of Hockessin; brothers-in-law Irwin J. Dawson of Delco, Idaho, and Fred T. Dawson and wife Helen of Newark; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Marcella boated with her family and spent 20 years cruising on the Kent Island Narrows and the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. She had a second home for many years in Dewey Beach and retired to her dream house in Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club.
She was a member of the Village Improvement Association and an American Gold Star Mother. She was also an active member of the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club where she enjoyed playing bridge, dancing, and dining with family and friends. She was always the life of the party. She will be dearly missed for her laugh and smile and the wonderful stories of her childhood with her many brothers and sister.
Burial will be at the memorial park of Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, at noon, Monday, Sept. 23.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at www.vvmf.org.