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Dawn (Hawkinson) Hornaday

Born: Wed., Mar. 18, 1964
Died: Tue., Dec. 29, 2020


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Florence - How do you begin to describe the depth of a person’s life on a piece of paper? After a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Dawn (Hawkinson) Hornaday, age 56, passed away peacefully at the family home on December 29th, 2020. Dawn was born on March 18th, 1964 at St Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Montana to Don and Kathy Hawkinson. Her sister Maureen arrived on February 11th, 1965. Their older brother Robin came to live with the family permanently during the summertime. Dawn was very close with her mom and dad, sister “Mo” or “Mosers”, and brother, Robin “Robo”. She took her job as Robin’s little sister, Mo’s personal “bodyguard” and best friend seriously. Dawn was her mother’s confidant, sparring partner, and “alarm clock” (calling her every morning to wake her up for work). The family settled in Florence in 1969, where Dawn attended school from kindergarten through high school. She graduated from Florence in 1982. Dawn began her banking career while attending the University of Montana in the early 1980’s. In 1989, she enrolled in Paralegal school while living in Spokane, Washington. Dawn and Casey’s story began in Spokane in 1990 when Dawn applied for a position at American General Finance. At the time, Casey was the assistant manager for a branch in Spokane. He hired her on the spot. A year or so later, a storybook relationship developed. Shortly after, an opportunity arose at Spokane Teachers Credit Union, where lifelong friendships were created. On September 4th, 1993, Dawn and Casey joined hands in marriage at Florence-Carlton Community Church surrounded by family and friends. Anyone fortunate enough to be in the Hornaday family circle understands the love, respect, and dedication Dawn and Casey’s marriage reflected. Dawn and Casey purchased a home in Spokane, Washington in 1993. Their first child, Kade William Hornaday, was born a few years later on May 8th, 1996. Casey’s employer provided an opportunity to relocate to the Missoula area in 1997. The family then made the move to Florence, Montana, where they have resided since. Their second child, Ashley Kate Hornaday, was born in Missoula, Montana on March 29th, 2000. For the last 23 years, Dawn was employed at Farmers State Bank in Florence. Their strong community and family values allowed Dawn and Casey to participate in their children’s scholastic and athletic endeavors. Dawn and Casey lived life to the fullest. Together they enjoyed hiking nearby trails, floating many local rivers, exploring beaches in Hawaii and Mexico, hosting game nights and watching chick-flicks with family and friends, holding hands by the fire pit along the creek and touching toes in the hammock, while looking at stars and listening to music. Dawn lived her best life as a lover and best friend, endlessly displaying her love towards her husband. Dawn cherished and showed endless love for her children Kade and Ashley. She was the mom every kid wished they had. She was supportive, kind and a role model to many. Dawn was actively involved in her children’s school and athletic endeavors, rarely missing an event. Her passion for family carried over to her nieces, Rachel and Erica Castillo. Dawn’s admiration for her children was constant. She ensured her children knew how much they were loved on a daily basis, whether it was giving them a big hug or reaching out via call or text. During her last few days, Dawn would stare aimlessly at Kade and Ashley in awe of whom each has become. She knew her job was done, and she could now die in grace. The family extends their utmost gratitude towards Farmers State Bank, the medical staff at St. Patrick’s Hospital Oncology Department and Partners In Home Care. A celebration of life will take place during the summer of 2021. Dawn is survived by her loving husband Casey, son Kade (Hailey), and daughter Ashley; Mother Kathy Hawkinson, sister Maureen (Roger) Castillo, brother Robin (Sue) Hawkinson; niece Heather; nephews Cody (Nicole) and Levi (Charlene) Hawkinson; nieces Rachel (Dylan) Berger and Erica Castillo. In addition, Casey’s sister Mimi Justice (Flynn), nephews Nicholas and Michael Justice, brother Doug Hornaday (Alaina), and parents Steve and Cecelia Fausett. Lastly, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. Dawn is proceeded in death by her father Donald Hawkinson; paternal grandparents, LeRoy and Aldea Hawkinson; maternal grandparents, Harold and Bea Monahan; uncles Kenny Staninger and Bob Hawkinson; cousins’ Lindsey and Lee Liebel, and Chad Hawkinson.

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Lois Horsens
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Dawn’s death. I will never forget trying to refinance my house and all the help she gave me. She was wise and compassionate. I’m not sure I would’ve gotten through the process without her. I know she will be sorely missed. Blessings to all of the family. Lois Horsens

Vicki Giampietri
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Words can not express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. May you find comfort in her memories and love.

Love always,
Vicki

Kelly (McHenry) Aldrich
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Dawn had a wonderful soul and blessed so many lives. May you find peace in beautiful thoughts and memories. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Bette Duckworth
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Kathy I am so sad for you. You are an awesome woman and you have a wonderful family.. You should be proud. Love you.

Shawna Dishman-Hofbauer & Pat Hofbauer
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
My deepest sympathy for the whole family. You cannot put in words the person she was, you just had to experience her through life and the person she was. I am blessed that I got to know her as a young person, through school and as an adult. Even though our lives were full. I will miss her blue eyes and wonderful smile and her kind heart. Much love to all of you and prayers while you heal from the void in your hearts. Sincerely Pat and Shawna

Myles and Keri Link
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Dear Casey and family,
We are keeping you in our hearts and in our thoughts at this tragic time. Dawn was a special special lady. Our hearts broke for you when we saw her death notice in the paper. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
With deepest condolences, Myles and Keri Link

Olivia Round
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
We love you and will miss you always Dawn Michelle. Thank you for everything. You are so beautiful and we will never forget your smile.

Love,
Liv Round

Lily Fausett
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Dawn was truly an amazing woman and unforgettable in every way. I treasure every moment spent with her and I am grateful to experience her love and solicitude. Her smile and embrace always made you feel security and warmth within your heart. Thank you, Auntie Dawn, for always being an amazing person throughout life.

I will always love you,
Lily

Gordon and Angie McCullough
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to Casey, Kade and Ashley as well as Kathy and Maureen.. May each beautiful memory you made together in life be a blessing to you and keep her warm and loving spirit in your hearts and souls forever.

Lindy Erdman
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
I first met Dawn when I bought her grandparents’ home in 1979. She was a standout even then!! She grew up to be an outstanding wife, mother and friend. Her genuine compassion and beauty shone from within. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish that your loving memories will help heal the pain in your hearts today.
Love, Lindy Erdman

JoAnne Stewart
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Bill Gomer and I are in complete shock. What a vibrant life to be extinguished at such a young age. So sorry for the loss to the entire family.


Taryn J Pettit
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Dear Casey, Kade, and Ashley, my heart goes out to you and your extended family. I'm incredibly saddened by Dawn's passing. No words can express how sorry I am for the loss I know you feel, but please know that I'm thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace. Your family truly has been an inspiration for so many. Love to you all.

Jody and Scott Hollenbeck
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
We were very sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. She truly was one of the most genuinely nice, kind and caring individuals. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
all her family at this difficult time.

Cathy
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
I am so saddened to read of Dawn’s passing. What a tragic loss for all family and friends. Prayers, sympathy, and condolences to you all.

Deb & Jack May
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you who loved Dawn. She was an amazing woman, so full of life. May you keep your memories of her close to your hearts forever. Love, Deb & Jack May

Lisa Miller
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dawn. I have called Dawn a friend for 42 years. From our time at Florence school and seeing her at the bank. I always looked forward to our visits, she would update me on her family. Dawn was so proud of her children Ashley and Kade and would tell me about their accomplishments. Please know that all of Dawn's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as we remember the wonderful memories. With deepest sympathy, Lisa Miller

Nancy Stock
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Dear Family—Dawn was a ray of sunshine with the best sense of humor. Kade and Ashley, I enjoyed being your teacher, your mom and dad raised two pretty special people. Know that you are all in my heart and I am sending lots of love to your whole family. Nancy

Rita Khoudary
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Dawn was a absolutely beautiful soul, a blessing to anyone who had the privilege to know her. Her smile was sunshine and she was a genuinely kind person. She will be missed by all who loved her may God comfort you in this time of sorrow and may you find peace in knowing heaven has another angel looking over you all.

Kasey and Jonkar Arceniega
   Posted Sun January 03, 2021
We are so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you Ashley, Kade, Casey and family.

Kerry Hanson
   Posted Sun January 03, 2021
I am so thankful to have met Dawn ! I truly valued her friendship and expertise. What a genuinely kind lady. Praying for your family!

Darla Cotton
   Posted Sun January 03, 2021
I count myself blessed to have known Dawn and been a witness to the beautiful person she was. I am grateful that she was surrounded and supported by her amazing family, who I send my best to as you celebrate her life and look back at her special place in the world and everyone’s lives. May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories left as a gift for you to cherish forever.
Darla Cotton

Raquel Hahn-Wilkinson
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss Casey, Kade and Ashley. Dawn will truly be missed. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She was definitely an angel on earth and now up in Heaven.

Sue & Ron Dodson
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
So Sorry for the Loss of a Great Lady Dawn, Very Beautiful inside and out! She will be Missed by Family and Friends ! Our Bank here in Florence will be at a Loss from such a Great Lender and her expertise at Loans and other important things! She was a Very helpful and understanding Person. We all MISS her so very much! Family know that we are hurting with you! :0( RIP Dawn!

Tom and JoAnne Kierzkowski
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Dawn’s passing. She will always be missed through the lives of the people she has touched like ours. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

ronda moore
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Lloyd and I are so sorry to hear that Dawn passed away. She and Casey have always meant so much to us! While we didn't get the opportunity to gather that often, it was always old home week and we just picked right up having fun and laughing together. We tried multiple times to get a group camping trip together of the old STCU peeps, but could never get our schedules to match up. With that said, please know that Dawn will always be in our hearts and we will do our best to live life the way she did...to the fullest!!!!

Lorna Unruh Palin
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
So sorry to hear about my former classmate. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Barbara Bethke
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
My heart aches for Dawn's family and friends. For those who are here the heartache can feel overwhelming. My prayers are with the family for coping with this difficult time. As I think of Dawn and how she is now. She is seeing, hearing and feeling things we cannot begin to imagine. The beauty she is surrounded in and the love of our Lord. May her bravery, strength and her aura of love continue to spread though everyone who's life she touched. To the family, she will always be in your hearts.

Barbara Bethke
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
This is a note just for the family if you can give them a personal message. I wanted to tell them that in my losses I've discovered cremation jewelry. Which can hold anything in it's small urn. From ashes to bits of flowers. Dirt from a burial to little snips of clothes. Anything that is special. It's nice to have a small "touch stone" to carry with you.

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