Former Douglas resident Frances Joy (Dawson) Geerhart, 58, died Nov. 18, 2005, with her family by her side at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash.
She was born to Thomas and Bertha Dawson on July 7, 1947, in Seattle, the fifth of seven children. In 1949, the Dawson family moved to Douglas. She attended the Mayflower School. In 1959, the Dawson family moved from Douglas to Kirkland, Wash. She graduated from Lake Washington Senior High.
She became a cook and worked for many years alongside her mother at Frosty's Cafe in Juanita. She enjoyed reading mystery books, watching butterflies and growing flowers, especially roses.
She is survived by her brothers, Pat Moore of Elephant Butte, N.M., Jim Dawson (Renee) of Renton, Wash., Tommy Dawson of Juneau, and Kevin Dawson of Tacoma, Wash.; her sisters, Serene (Russ) Randall of Kirkland and Beverley (Carson) Knight of Camas, Wash.
A private family memorial service will be held. Remembrances may be made to the Overlake Hospital Cancer Center in Bellevue, Wash., or the charity of choice.