Elizabeth Brayton Dawson, Little Compton


Elizabeth Brayton Dawson of Little Compton and Dover, Mass., passed away in Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

Born on January 29, 1928, to Dorothy Paine and David A. Brayton, she is predeceased by her husband, John (Jack) E. Dawson, and by her youngest son, Samuel Paine Dawson. She is predeceased also by her sister, Nancy Brayton Osborn, and by her brother, David A. Brayton Jr. She is survived by her sons and their spouses, John (Jed) E., Jr and Kirsten Dawson of Wayland, Mass.; Benjamin G. and Connie Dawson of Dover, Mass.; and Matthew B. and Pamela Dawson of Charlotte, Vt.; and by 12 grandchildren.

Liz was a devoted mother and wife, life-long teacher, talented poet, and avid athlete. She and her husband raised their family in Dover, Mass., where she maintained a small farm of rescued animals. During her teaching tenure at Friends Academy in South Dartmouth, Mass., Liz ran the girls’ sports program. She believed in “teaching attitudes and promoting confidence” in young people. As evidenced by her numerous trustee appointments, Liz truly valued education. She served as a trustee at the Charles River School, the Noble & Greenough School, and Wheelock College. She was a proud alumna of Milton Academy and Wheelock College.

Liz also was an active citizen, serving on the board at the Faulkner Hospital, Frontier Nursing Service (a training program for nurse midwives), the Little Compton Historical Society, and the Little Compton Nursing Association. Her life was marked by an array of achievements, including selection to the U.S. Field Hockey team and membership in the Tinkerers’ Society. A keen writer, Liz penned countless poems; many of these are displayed throughout the Little Compton community. Later in her life, she moved to her family farm in Little Compton where she spent time with her grandchildren, wrote poetry, and enjoyed the Little Compton community that she cherished so dearly.

A memorial service will be held at the United Congregational Church of Little Compton on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Liz’s memory to the Samuel Paine Dawson Scholarship Fund at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, MA.

Elizabeth Dawson


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