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Dawn Kirchner

d. February 4, 2018


Dawn Renae Washburn Kirchner, age 52, of Carthage, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL.

Dawn was born January 28, 1966 in Keokuk, IA, a daughter of Richard L. and Donna Beggs Washburn.

She was married to Tony Hand on August 10, 1985 and they were the parents of Jennifer. They divorced and on October 18, 1997 she married Drew Kirchner and gained a daughter, Amanda.

Survivors include her mother, Donna Washburn of Kahoka; her grandmother, Virginia Phillips of Kahoka; her daughter and son-in-law with whom she made her home: Jennifer (Brad) Richardson of Carthage, IL and her grandchildren who were her pride and joy - grandson, Harper Richardson and granddaughters, Brilynn and Wren Richardson; step-daughter, Amanda (Jason) Lubbert of Quincy and grandchildren, Leah and Emma; two sisters, Tracy Washburn of Kahoka and Lora Houck of Des Moines, IA; four brothers: Bruce (Margie) Kelley of Brazelton, GA, Larry Kelley of Indianola, IA, Barry (Traci) Kelley of Carlisle, IA and Avard (Melissa) Washburn of Kahoka; special friends, Shana Reed and Stacey Richardson; also her in-law family, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father on May 18, 2002, husband, Drew Kirchner on December 18, 2015; and brother-in-law, Will Houck.

Dawn was a 1984 graduate of Clark Co. R-1 High School. She was an employee of of the Clark Co. Nursing Home for over twenty years. She began working at Reed’s Bar and Grill when they opened and continued as long as her health permitted. She attended Amazing Grace Church with her friend, Shana.

Dawn loved cooking even though she worked with food from the time she began her first

job. She never grew tired of it. She had a passion for it and could cook anything. All she had to do was smell it with her nose and no recipe was needed.

Dawn loved watching basketball and football games. "Her teams" were the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the Dallas Cowboys, of course. Watching any other teams play, she would always say "you have to root for the underdog". Above all else, her pride and joy were her grandbabies. They were her world and she was theirs. She spoiled them and loved them more than can be put into words. She was the most selfless woman, always doing anything she could for anyone, and putting others’ needs before her own. She was very stubborn. She would always say "I’m fine", even if she wasn’t. She always said her daughter was her "rock" and that she loved us more. Mom, you were "my rock" and "I love you most."

A Celebration of Life and Time for Sharing was held Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation was held after 3 p.m. on Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until time of services at 7:30.

Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to Jennifer Richardson to help with medical and funeral expenses.

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Beginning at 7:30 will be a Time of Sharing for family and friends celebrating Dawn's life.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Memorial Service

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
7:30 PM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Beginning at 7:30 will be a Time of Sharing for family and friends celebrating Dawn's life.

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