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Dawn Ellen Cavanaugh 

Dawn Ellen Cavanaugh, 79, of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away last Saturday, January 15, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born March 9, 1942 in Akron, OH to Howard Michael and Maude Lorraine (Beardmore) Sayre.

Dawn and Bruce Cavanaugh married November 21, 1969.

Dawn was a devoted homemaker and loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, playing cards with her friends, playing golf and traveling. 

Survivors include two sons, Brett (Ali) Cavanaugh, Greg Cavanaugh of Ste. Genevieve, MO; four grandchildren, Niamh (Brad) Johnson, Finn, Malachy, and Saoirse Cavanaugh; two great-grandchildren, Fiona and Juliette. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Darlene Jordan.

Visitation was from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

Funeral Mass was at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve, MO with the Rev. Edward Nemeth officiating.

Burial was at Valle Springs Catholic Cemetery in Ste. Genevieve.

Memorials Preference: St. Vincent de Paul Society of Ste. Genevieve. 

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Ford & Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.