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Celebrating the life of
Dawn Pierce Wooten
February 23, 1965 - March 31, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Monday, April 03, 2017
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • 7020 Concord Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 897-5156
  • Rosary Service
  • 5:00pm - Monday, April 03, 2017
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • 7020 Concord Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 897-5156
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 4:00pm - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • 7020 Concord Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 897-5156

A beautiful spirit gone too soon. Rest in peace sweet lady!

Dear Friend , Savannah, Ga

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never an easy process. This scripture at Isaiah 65:17 always gives me comfort. I hope it helps you too. Please visit jw.org for more information on Jehovah's promises for the future.

Brittani, Pooler, Ga

You have our deepest sympathy. May the God of Love and Peace be with you and your family. May it console you to know that others care and think of you. We ask God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow that fills your heart. John 5:28,29

, Atlanta , GA

Dear Wooten Family, I want to take a moment to express my deepest sympathy to your family. Our God, Jehovah, desires to bring back those who have died and end all things that cause suffering, as we read at Revelation 21:4. May this and other promises recorded in God's word the Bible continue to comfort your family.

Tati K., Snelliville, GA

May the God of peace comfort you during this most difficult time (Philippians 4:6,7). Take comfort in God's promise to do away with pain, sickness and death (Revelation 21:3,4). My condolences to the family on the death of this amazing woman.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

I am praying for you Charles! You were truly blessed to have such a previous wife. My God give you peace and comfort!

Amy Veale - Dylan Blackwelder, Savannah, Ga

My daughter Madelyn was blessed to have Dawn as a teacher at Marshpoint Elementary. She was a wonderful person and an enthusiastic educator who will be sorely missed by our community.

Timothy Haeussler, Savannah, GA

What an encouraging example Ms Dawn was! I am sure that she will be sincerely missed. Death was never God's plan for us, and that is why it is so hard to accept, but He has promised to wipe out sickness and death forever, and we will soon be able to enjoy perfect life everlasting on a paradise earth.(Revelation 21:3&4) What a joy it will be to be reunited with our dead loved ones by means of the resurrection. Please visit www.jw.org to see how you can be a part of the wonderful promise from God.

Jacqueline C., Loganville, GA

I've met Dawn on many occasions working in Gifted. She was always welcoming and kind. On behalf of the Littles (Cassidy and Sydney) we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers have been for Dawn and with you (Mr. Charles) all along.

Arlena and James Little , Savannah, GA

Chuck and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of loss and the days to come! Dawn will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and warm, loving personality! May God comfort all of you during this time! Sincerely, Gail Gordon

Gail Gordon, Ellabell, Ga

Our thoughts and prayers for Dawn's family. We knew Dawn for years. She has always had a beautiful smile & welcoming light. May she Rest In Peace.

The Futrell's, Savannah , GA

Our thoughts and prayers for Dawn's family. We knew Dawn for years. She has always had a beautiful smile & welcoming light. May she Rest In Peace.

The Futrell's, Savannah , GA

I was taught by Mrs Ebberwein at Thunderbolt Elementary School. She was the sweetest person in the whole world. Her smile would? brighten up the entire room. She was awesome teacher!!!! She made the classroom fun!! I could go on and on. I know she's? in a better. My prayers and love go out to the family. R.I.P Mrs Ebberwein.???

Ronshall Morris, Savannah, Ga

May God comfort you all during this season of sorrow. Dawn was a wonderful teacher and an extremely considerate person. She was one of the special people that made Thunderbolt an awesome place to work. We will miss and always appreciate her warmth and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love and Peace.

Vanessa Hudson Newbill, Guyton, GA

Heaven gained a true angel. Your smile could light up a room. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Brian O'Neal, Savannah, Ga

My first week of working in my classroom when I moved to Marshpoint, I would come to school in beat up shorts and a t-shirt, no make up, hair down and flat. Dawn came into my room to introduce herself one day that week and spent an hour talking to me about how great Marshpoint was and how amazingly the staff just "clicks" together. She was in charge of the new teacher mentor program and, even though I wasn't a new teacher in the traditional sense of the word, I was new to IB and to Marshpoint, so that was close enough. Every ounce of nervousness I had at not knowing a single person in that building melted away as she walked out the door. It was like she and her smile took it with her as she hugged me and wandered back to her room. The following week was our new teacher bruncheon where she and Natalie went over all of the handbook things a new teacher needed. I didn't think I'd be able to go, but plans changed and I showed up, anyway. This time, I fluffed my hair (it was really short at the time), put on makeup, wore work clothes, the whole shebang. I walked through the door and saw Dawn standing in the hallway talking to people, so I walked over and kind of hung out waiting on directions. That sweet woman looked at me, this huge smile on her face and asked if she could help me find something. SHE DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ME! I was treated to my first "Oh, my God," and funniest grimace I'll ever have the privilege to witness right there in front of those lighthouses outside the front office. Every time I passed her in the hall after that, she'd smile and say my name to prove that she knew who I was. I am honored and humbled to have been a part of her life and my life is ever richer for her having been in mine. I'm glad she's no longer suffering and I pray she gives us the strength to continue on her place.

Tiffany Franklin, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Wooten was one of my favorite teachers i had. She was one of my favorite people I've met and I'm very sad to see her go. She always had a positive attitude even if things were all crazy she always had a smile on her face that lit up the room with happiness. I'm sorry for your loss

Dakota , Savannah , Ga

Mrs. Dawn was a wonderful woman. I remember her being so encouraging to me while I was in school. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. My sympathies to all her family and friends.

Mariah Rowse, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers for all of the love ones Dawn has left behind. May the happy moments spent with Dawn ease your sadness at this time.

Sarah Hardee Nichols, ,

It was Dawn Wooten who recognized the gem hidden inside my daughter April, who recommended her for the Search program at Marshpoint, and who helped her learn to believe her in herself as a gifted child. Her future successes in school, culminating in college graduation with highest honors and a masters degree, all began in fifth grade with Dawn's encouragement and support. How appropriate that she taught gifted children -- she was a gift herself to all of us. What a great, great loss.

Kay Graves, Savannah, GA

My and my sister have known ms. Wooten sense we were in kindergarten and now I am in middle school in the sixth grade. When I herd ms. Wooten was sick I was so sad then when I herd she had only 48 hours to live I cried so hard and so long and then when I herd she died I crued agin and I t brought up the death of my grad father here is the story of when my grad father died. When I was nine/ten I had to deal with my grandfather's death it was very had for me and my sister. When my grand father was sick my sister couldn't bear seeing my grand father the way he was so I had to help her. Me and my sister know how hard it is to lose a loved one and we are here for you and your family mr. Wooten. I just want you to know my and my sister are here for you.

The Garvins Mary and Sarah, Savannah, Georgia

I am sorry for your loss and Miss.Wooten was jut the best teacher I have ever had.

christopher cesaroni, savana, ga

I loved Dawn from the first time I met her. She was my daughter Barbara's bestie when they met in 8th grade at Cathedral School. Dawn was so special, beautiful inside and out, loved life, loved everyone, loved God with her whole heart. I was honored when she asked me to join in a special novena for her healing. GOD gave her the highest healing when He called her home She will be missed. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to her Chuck,Travis, SSara, Jan, Dione and all her extended family.

Joy Castillo, Savannah, Ga.

I loved Dawn from the first time I met her. She was my daughter Barbara's bestie when they met in 8th grade at Cathedral School. Dawn was so special, beautiful inside and out, loved life, loved everyone, loved God with her whole heart. I was honored when she asked me to join in a special novena for her healing. GOD gave her the highest healing when He called her home She will be missed. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to her Chuck,Travis, SSara, Jan, Dione and all her extended family.

Joy Castillo, Savannah, Ga.

You earned your beautiful wings sweet angel. God I know the gates of heaven opened up to greet you. I will miss you my high school friend. SVA class of 83.

Marilyn Spillane Hodges, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Our sincere sympathy goes out to all of you. Dawn was truly an angel here on earth among us and we will miss her dearly. Being with her this past June in Cookeville, Tennessee for our family reunion was a blessing full of joy! Our Lord is so sweet, tender and merciful and he loves us so much. We can take comfort in knowing that he died to give us eternal life. John 3:16 Our heavenly father has given Dawn eternal life. We love you all so much.

Sherry L. E. Brown - Mother Janie Whitson Brown , Carleton, MI

Our sincere sympathy at this difficult time for Dawn's family and friends. She was already an angel among us. Let us all remember that her name itself means a refreshing birth of a new day. Hers is now in heaven.

Betsy Hollis, Savannah, GA

Dawn was truly an angel on earth. I have known Dawn since high school but had the pleasure of working with her the past 19 years at Marshpoint. She was a great teacher and touched so many children's lives at our school. She will be missed dearly by her Marshpoint family. I will miss her infectious smile, and talking with her. My prayers are with all of the family during this most difficult time. Love, Fran Huncke

Fran Huncke, Savannah, Ga

Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers not only during this difficult time, but during all of the times to come. I'm sending a big hug your way. Dawn's legacy will live on - she is an inspiration to us all.

Kara Vincent Tignor, Eldersburg, MD

A life spent in meaningful purpose is a beautiful thing as was reflected in Dawn. Our sincere sympathy to those who loved her and whose lives she touched.

Andrea & Larry McCoy and Family, Murrells Inlet, SC,

There truly are no words to express the depth of our feelings. We sincerely share your sorrow ~ and you will remain in our prayers forever. Although we met Dawn only once, we feel that we actually know her, because Anita and Rudy always spoke of their very "precious daughter-in-law" with such deep love and total admiration. It's obvious that Dawn was an Angel on Earth... just as she is now an Angel in Heaven. You and your family have our deepest Sympathy.

Jeanne and Marc Latour, Boynton Beach, FL

Dawn was truly a servant of God in this life. She will be a intercessor for us in her new life. I will miss her warmth, humor, dedication, and love of life, which Dawn shared with everyone who ever met her.

Kim Elder , St Simons island, Ga

Dawn was truly a servant of God in this life. She will be a intercessor for us in her new life. I will miss her warmth, humor, dedication, and love of life, which Dawn shared with everyone who ever met her.

Kim Elder , St Simons island, Ga

God Bless and Prayers for he Wooten and Pierce families. Dawn was a kind and loving person. She will be missed. She is definitely in heaven.

Kevin Sheehan, Savannah, Ga

I met Dawn just a few years ago. She was the instructor of my gifted training. I knew she was a great person the first time I met her. Dawn's wonderful spirt shined in every class and discussion. I pray for strength no healing fir her family and friends. I know she will be greatly missed.

Bethany, Pooler, Ga

I will keep Dawn's family and friends in my prayers. I met Dawn very early in my teaching career. She was an excellent teacher.

Cindy Stavely, Rincon, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. Mrs. Wooten taught my daughter and son at Marshpoint. She was an excellent teacher and my children adored her. My deepest sympathies. Andrea Madison

Andrea Madison, Savannah, GA

From all the Whitsons here in the Cookeville area we want you to know that it is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we extend to you our sympathy in the passing of our cousin Dawn. She was such a beautiful soul and we are glad that we were blessed in that our paths cross but once. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you as you continue on.

Edsel Whitson family, Cookeville , Tennessee

My condolences to the Wooten Family. Please know that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will wipe out pain, sickness, sorrow and death. May fond memories of Dawn linger in your hearts forever. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

May the Lord grant Dawn "a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last." Sending our sincerest condolences to Dawn's family, with love.

Ron and Paula Walker, Tybee Island, GA

My condolences to the Wooten family. At Isaiah 33:24 Jehovah promises to do away with sickness forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope that Jehovah God promises us in the near future, to be able to welcome back our dear loved ones and not have to worry about sickness nor death anymore. May Jehovah be with your family during this difficult time. For more information please visit www.jw.org or visit a local kingdom hall of Jehovah's witnesses.

LG, Savannah, GA

I feel blessed to have known Dawn as a co-worker, but more so a loving friend. I will never forget our intense conversations, discussions, and Marshpoint gatherings, where Chuck was always present with his sense of humor. She was always the same, with her genuine personality and beautiful smile. Prayers will continually be lifted up for the family's strength, peace, and comfort.

Deborah Parker ((Hutchie), Savannah , Ga

I am so sorry for your loss- may your faith lead you through all of your days. I knew Dawn at Armstrong & would see her through the years at various meetings - she always had the sweetest smile & kindest words for everyone- may we all strive to be more like her every day - to always see the good in people. Prayers for all!

Kathryn Delettre, Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have known her and thankful to have been allowed to share in her journey of faith, dignity and love through her husband, Charles Wooten.

Angie Rice, Savannah, GA

To all who ever met her, Dawn will forever be a beacon of love. And chief among those whose lives she enriched was our daughter Amy. Her family, and most who knew her, know how huge that was, and will always be. But for those to whom this is not familiar, let me give you an idea. For her wedding anniversary with Chuck, I believe it was their tenth, they took Amy to Disneyworld. A friend commented on FaceBook, "Wow! Can I be your third daughter?!" Love was a personal ministry for Dawn, and, like everyone else who knew her, we will be forever grateful for how she showed that.

The Bulls, Savannah, GA

Dearest Chuck and Family, Our sincerest condolences. Dawn will be greatly missed and fondly remembered forever! Comfort and peace to you all.

Mark and Julie Gannam, Savannah , GA

Dawn was a truly amazing woman who touched the lives of everyone who knew her! Her passion for teaching enriched the academic success of all her students. I.was blessed to know Dawn through the gifted department of Savannah Chatham School System. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Chuck and your family.

Susan Freeman, Pooler, GA

Dear Charles, I am so sorry to learn of the death of your lovely wife. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Katherine

Katherine Johnson, Savannah, GA

Thank you for sharing Dawn with grandchildren. They had the opportunity to experience Mrs.Wooten as she was their gifted teacher. I would do parent pick-up in the p.m. There was Dawn getting it done. Always a happy person. Especially, thank you Dawn for being apositive role model to my daughter, Vicki Lincoln...also teacher at Marshpoint. I will continue to pray for the family and friends. Especially, the staff and children of Marshpoint Elementary School.

Bonnie Newman, Savannah, GA

Dawn Was a Sweet LADY.

Lissa Coleman, Savannah, Ga

Although we will never understand why God chose you, we know that you are no longer in pain. You have always been such a powerful force in my children's lives, and then mine when I joined the Marshpoint family. Dawn is one of the most loving and caring people I've ever known. Last year was a difficult one for me in my professional career. She knew I needed to hear positive things to help me realize why it was happening. I can never express how much she means to me and I will continue to pray for the entire family. God Saw You Getting Tired God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be So he put His arms around you And whispered "Come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you As you slowly slipped away And though we loved you dearly We couldn't make you stay. Your golden heart stopped beating Your tired hands put to rest God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. - God Saw You Getting Tired, by Frances and Kathleen Coelho

Vicki Lincoln, Savannah, GA

Dearest Chuck and family, Heaven is a little brighter and Earth is a little dimmer because the light Dawn eluded has moved to her new home. She will live on through those who knew and loved her. Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon her.

Jill Lepo-Wieniewitz , Savannah, Ga

I am so deeply saddened at the death of our sweet friend, Dawn; however, I take incredible comfort knowing we have all gained an angel to watch over us. Dawn was truly one of the most honest, caring, loving, and genuine friends I have ever known. She will be missed by those who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her and even those who didn not. Her reach is innumerable. May she continue to fly high and make us smile at each thought of her. I will always love you, Dawn Pierce Wooten.

Libby Miller, Savannah, GA

Charles, you and Dawn were always special friends to Michael and me. We will always cherish our special dinner in November. What a wonderful night with friends. Even that night, Dawn had a smile on her face. She always had a lovely smile for everyone. Her grace and beauty will be missed terribly. We are praying for you and love you.

Kathleen and Michael Taylor, Savannah, Ga

Dawn Pierce Wooten, 52, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family, early Friday, March 31, 2017 after a five-month fight with cancer. Dawn was born in Athens, GA to Ralph and Jan Pierce.

Dawn attended Cathedral Day School then graduating from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1983. Dawn attended College of Charleston and Georgia State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Armstrong. But her most significant success was her remarkable faith. She truly “walked the walk” in everything she did and said.

Dawn taught at Thunderbolt Elementary and then Marshpoint Elementary until her cancer diagnosis on November 2, 2016. She was the lead Gifted Teacher at Marshpoint and positively affected her peers and students through her immense talent and dedication during her 28 years of teaching.

Dawn treated her teaching profession as her God-given ministry on earth. She worked tirelessly for the betterment of each and every individual student. She opened minds and hearts to the joys of learning while making it great fun. Each student, parent, fellow teacher, and administrator with whom she worked respected and admired her. She also made the most simple life situations outside of the classroom a significant teaching experience and had an amazing impact on those she touched through her life. Her smile was infectious and lit up every room she entered. Her gentle, calming, loving and sensible nature made her a joy to be with in all aspects of life! No matter the situation, she became the glue that held all things together.

During her illness, she received daily accolades and recognition for significance she played in lives she touched - from parents who appreciated her influence on their children, from other teachers who respected her skills and heart dedication, and from former students whose influence propelled them to greater success from her guidance and mentoring in earlier years.

Dawn is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Vin and Ina Whitson of Savannah. She is survived by her loving husband and primary caregiver, Charles Wooten; daughter, Sarah Ebberwein Schwaner (Stephen); son, Travis Wooten; mother, Jan Seavey (Jim); father, Ralph Pierce (Wendy); sister, Dionne Pierce; nephew, Michael John Hogan; brothers Brent and Andy Pierce and their families, along with many other loved ones including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws who all adored Dawn with their whole hearts.

Dawn is also survived by her very precious and special friend, Amy Bull. Dawn cherished her relationship and time with Amy for the last 9 years, including her volunteer efforts with Buddy Walk and Buddy Camp. Dawn loved all people and was an ever gracious and fun loving woman who loved being a teacher, mentor, wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. The role of grandmother (“Nana”) was her greatest anticipation in life, and she will be the special guardian angel to her granddaughter who is due in July 2017.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society or pancan.org for pancreatic cancer research. A special thanks to Hospice Compassus who cared for Dawn during her last days with expert, loving care especially Missy Logan. Sincere thanks to all her amazing friends and loved ones who sent cards, flowers, gifts, food and prayers to her and her family during her illness and all throughout her battle! May God bless you all!

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 7020 Concord Road, Savannah, GA. (Wilmington Island).

Mass of Christian Burial will be 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

 

 

 

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A beautiful spirit gone too soon. Rest in peace sweet lady!

Dear Friend , Savannah, Ga

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never an easy process. This scripture at Isaiah 65:17 always gives me comfort. I hope it helps you too. Please visit jw.org for more information on Jehovah's promises for the future.

Brittani, Pooler, Ga

You have our deepest sympathy. May the God of Love and Peace be with you and your family. May it console you to know that others care and think of you. We ask God to bless you with courage to bear the sorrow that fills your heart. John 5:28,29

, Atlanta , GA

Dear Wooten Family, I want to take a moment to express my deepest sympathy to your family. Our God, Jehovah, desires to bring back those who have died and end all things that cause suffering, as we read at Revelation 21:4. May this and other promises recorded in God's word the Bible continue to comfort your family.

Tati K., Snelliville, GA

Candle tribute lit by Tucker family — Georgia

May the God of peace comfort you during this most difficult time (Philippians 4:6,7). Take comfort in God's promise to do away with pain, sickness and death (Revelation 21:3,4). My condolences to the family on the death of this amazing woman.

D Tucker, Locust Grove, GA

I am praying for you Charles! You were truly blessed to have such a previous wife. My God give you peace and comfort!

Amy Veale - Dylan Blackwelder, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Sarah — Georgia

My daughter Madelyn was blessed to have Dawn as a teacher at Marshpoint Elementary. She was a wonderful person and an enthusiastic educator who will be sorely missed by our community.

Timothy Haeussler, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Victoria Brown — Georgia

What an encouraging example Ms Dawn was! I am sure that she will be sincerely missed. Death was never God's plan for us, and that is why it is so hard to accept, but He has promised to wipe out sickness and death forever, and we will soon be able to enjoy perfect life everlasting on a paradise earth.(Revelation 21:3&4) What a joy it will be to be reunited with our dead loved ones by means of the resurrection. Please visit www.jw.org to see how you can be a part of the wonderful promise from God.

Jacqueline C., Loganville, GA

Candle tribute lit by Whitney Messer — Georgia

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Candle tribute lit by Donald Martin, Jr. — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Deborrah and Bruce Grulke — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Beth Sieg — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Beth Sieg — Georgia

I've met Dawn on many occasions working in Gifted. She was always welcoming and kind. On behalf of the Littles (Cassidy and Sydney) we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers have been for Dawn and with you (Mr. Charles) all along.

Arlena and James Little , Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Ashley Koncul — Georgia

Chuck and family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of loss and the days to come! Dawn will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and warm, loving personality! May God comfort all of you during this time! Sincerely, Gail Gordon

Gail Gordon, Ellabell, Ga

Our thoughts and prayers for Dawn's family. We knew Dawn for years. She has always had a beautiful smile & welcoming light. May she Rest In Peace.

The Futrell's, Savannah , GA

Our thoughts and prayers for Dawn's family. We knew Dawn for years. She has always had a beautiful smile & welcoming light. May she Rest In Peace.

The Futrell's, Savannah , GA

I was taught by Mrs Ebberwein at Thunderbolt Elementary School. She was the sweetest person in the whole world. Her smile would? brighten up the entire room. She was awesome teacher!!!! She made the classroom fun!! I could go on and on. I know she's? in a better. My prayers and love go out to the family. R.I.P Mrs Ebberwein.???

Ronshall Morris, Savannah, Ga

May God comfort you all during this season of sorrow. Dawn was a wonderful teacher and an extremely considerate person. She was one of the special people that made Thunderbolt an awesome place to work. We will miss and always appreciate her warmth and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love and Peace.

Vanessa Hudson Newbill, Guyton, GA

Heaven gained a true angel. Your smile could light up a room. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Brian O'Neal, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Meri New Scribner — Georgia

My first week of working in my classroom when I moved to Marshpoint, I would come to school in beat up shorts and a t-shirt, no make up, hair down and flat. Dawn came into my room to introduce herself one day that week and spent an hour talking to me about how great Marshpoint was and how amazingly the staff just "clicks" together. She was in charge of the new teacher mentor program and, even though I wasn't a new teacher in the traditional sense of the word, I was new to IB and to Marshpoint, so that was close enough. Every ounce of nervousness I had at not knowing a single person in that building melted away as she walked out the door. It was like she and her smile took it with her as she hugged me and wandered back to her room. The following week was our new teacher bruncheon where she and Natalie went over all of the handbook things a new teacher needed. I didn't think I'd be able to go, but plans changed and I showed up, anyway. This time, I fluffed my hair (it was really short at the time), put on makeup, wore work clothes, the whole shebang. I walked through the door and saw Dawn standing in the hallway talking to people, so I walked over and kind of hung out waiting on directions. That sweet woman looked at me, this huge smile on her face and asked if she could help me find something. SHE DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ME! I was treated to my first "Oh, my God," and funniest grimace I'll ever have the privilege to witness right there in front of those lighthouses outside the front office. Every time I passed her in the hall after that, she'd smile and say my name to prove that she knew who I was. I am honored and humbled to have been a part of her life and my life is ever richer for her having been in mine. I'm glad she's no longer suffering and I pray she gives us the strength to continue on her place.

Tiffany Franklin, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Wooten was one of my favorite teachers i had. She was one of my favorite people I've met and I'm very sad to see her go. She always had a positive attitude even if things were all crazy she always had a smile on her face that lit up the room with happiness. I'm sorry for your loss

Dakota , Savannah , Ga

Mrs. Dawn was a wonderful woman. I remember her being so encouraging to me while I was in school. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. My sympathies to all her family and friends.

Mariah Rowse, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers for all of the love ones Dawn has left behind. May the happy moments spent with Dawn ease your sadness at this time.

Sarah Hardee Nichols, ,

It was Dawn Wooten who recognized the gem hidden inside my daughter April, who recommended her for the Search program at Marshpoint, and who helped her learn to believe her in herself as a gifted child. Her future successes in school, culminating in college graduation with highest honors and a masters degree, all began in fifth grade with Dawn's encouragement and support. How appropriate that she taught gifted children -- she was a gift herself to all of us. What a great, great loss.

Kay Graves, Savannah, GA

My and my sister have known ms. Wooten sense we were in kindergarten and now I am in middle school in the sixth grade. When I herd ms. Wooten was sick I was so sad then when I herd she had only 48 hours to live I cried so hard and so long and then when I herd she died I crued agin and I t brought up the death of my grad father here is the story of when my grad father died. When I was nine/ten I had to deal with my grandfather's death it was very had for me and my sister. When my grand father was sick my sister couldn't bear seeing my grand father the way he was so I had to help her. Me and my sister know how hard it is to lose a loved one and we are here for you and your family mr. Wooten. I just want you to know my and my sister are here for you.

The Garvins Mary and Sarah, Savannah, Georgia

I am sorry for your loss and Miss.Wooten was jut the best teacher I have ever had.

christopher cesaroni, savana, ga

Candle tribute lit by Joy Castillo — Georgia

I loved Dawn from the first time I met her. She was my daughter Barbara's bestie when they met in 8th grade at Cathedral School. Dawn was so special, beautiful inside and out, loved life, loved everyone, loved God with her whole heart. I was honored when she asked me to join in a special novena for her healing. GOD gave her the highest healing when He called her home She will be missed. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to her Chuck,Travis, SSara, Jan, Dione and all her extended family.

Joy Castillo, Savannah, Ga.

I loved Dawn from the first time I met her. She was my daughter Barbara's bestie when they met in 8th grade at Cathedral School. Dawn was so special, beautiful inside and out, loved life, loved everyone, loved God with her whole heart. I was honored when she asked me to join in a special novena for her healing. GOD gave her the highest healing when He called her home She will be missed. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to her Chuck,Travis, SSara, Jan, Dione and all her extended family.

Joy Castillo, Savannah, Ga.

You earned your beautiful wings sweet angel. God I know the gates of heaven opened up to greet you. I will miss you my high school friend. SVA class of 83.

Marilyn Spillane Hodges, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Ruth Tsang — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Christina Maxwell — Pennsylvania

Our sincere sympathy goes out to all of you. Dawn was truly an angel here on earth among us and we will miss her dearly. Being with her this past June in Cookeville, Tennessee for our family reunion was a blessing full of joy! Our Lord is so sweet, tender and merciful and he loves us so much. We can take comfort in knowing that he died to give us eternal life. John 3:16 Our heavenly father has given Dawn eternal life. We love you all so much.

Sherry L. E. Brown - Mother Janie Whitson Brown , Carleton, MI

Our sincere sympathy at this difficult time for Dawn's family and friends. She was already an angel among us. Let us all remember that her name itself means a refreshing birth of a new day. Hers is now in heaven.

Betsy Hollis, Savannah, GA

Dawn was truly an angel on earth. I have known Dawn since high school but had the pleasure of working with her the past 19 years at Marshpoint. She was a great teacher and touched so many children's lives at our school. She will be missed dearly by her Marshpoint family. I will miss her infectious smile, and talking with her. My prayers are with all of the family during this most difficult time. Love, Fran Huncke

Fran Huncke, Savannah, Ga

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Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers not only during this difficult time, but during all of the times to come. I'm sending a big hug your way. Dawn's legacy will live on - she is an inspiration to us all.

Kara Vincent Tignor, Eldersburg, MD

A life spent in meaningful purpose is a beautiful thing as was reflected in Dawn. Our sincere sympathy to those who loved her and whose lives she touched.

Andrea & Larry McCoy and Family, Murrells Inlet, SC,

There truly are no words to express the depth of our feelings. We sincerely share your sorrow ~ and you will remain in our prayers forever. Although we met Dawn only once, we feel that we actually know her, because Anita and Rudy always spoke of their very "precious daughter-in-law" with such deep love and total admiration. It's obvious that Dawn was an Angel on Earth... just as she is now an Angel in Heaven. You and your family have our deepest Sympathy.

Jeanne and Marc Latour, Boynton Beach, FL

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Dawn was truly a servant of God in this life. She will be a intercessor for us in her new life. I will miss her warmth, humor, dedication, and love of life, which Dawn shared with everyone who ever met her.

Kim Elder , St Simons island, Ga

Dawn was truly a servant of God in this life. She will be a intercessor for us in her new life. I will miss her warmth, humor, dedication, and love of life, which Dawn shared with everyone who ever met her.

Kim Elder , St Simons island, Ga

God Bless and Prayers for he Wooten and Pierce families. Dawn was a kind and loving person. She will be missed. She is definitely in heaven.

Kevin Sheehan, Savannah, Ga

I met Dawn just a few years ago. She was the instructor of my gifted training. I knew she was a great person the first time I met her. Dawn's wonderful spirt shined in every class and discussion. I pray for strength no healing fir her family and friends. I know she will be greatly missed.

Bethany, Pooler, Ga

I will keep Dawn's family and friends in my prayers. I met Dawn very early in my teaching career. She was an excellent teacher.

Cindy Stavely, Rincon, GA

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My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. Mrs. Wooten taught my daughter and son at Marshpoint. She was an excellent teacher and my children adored her. My deepest sympathies. Andrea Madison

Andrea Madison, Savannah, GA

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Candle tribute lit by Tommy & Phyllis Alford — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Tommy & Phyllis Alford — Georgia

From all the Whitsons here in the Cookeville area we want you to know that it is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we extend to you our sympathy in the passing of our cousin Dawn. She was such a beautiful soul and we are glad that we were blessed in that our paths cross but once. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you as you continue on.

Edsel Whitson family, Cookeville , Tennessee

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Candle tribute lit by Paul and Evelyn Aimar — Georgia

My condolences to the Wooten Family. Please know that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will wipe out pain, sickness, sorrow and death. May fond memories of Dawn linger in your hearts forever. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

May the Lord grant Dawn "a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last." Sending our sincerest condolences to Dawn's family, with love.

Ron and Paula Walker, Tybee Island, GA

My condolences to the Wooten family. At Isaiah 33:24 Jehovah promises to do away with sickness forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope that Jehovah God promises us in the near future, to be able to welcome back our dear loved ones and not have to worry about sickness nor death anymore. May Jehovah be with your family during this difficult time. For more information please visit www.jw.org or visit a local kingdom hall of Jehovah's witnesses.

LG, Savannah, GA

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I feel blessed to have known Dawn as a co-worker, but more so a loving friend. I will never forget our intense conversations, discussions, and Marshpoint gatherings, where Chuck was always present with his sense of humor. She was always the same, with her genuine personality and beautiful smile. Prayers will continually be lifted up for the family's strength, peace, and comfort.

Deborah Parker ((Hutchie), Savannah , Ga

I am so sorry for your loss- may your faith lead you through all of your days. I knew Dawn at Armstrong & would see her through the years at various meetings - she always had the sweetest smile & kindest words for everyone- may we all strive to be more like her every day - to always see the good in people. Prayers for all!

Kathryn Delettre, Savannah, Ga

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I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have known her and thankful to have been allowed to share in her journey of faith, dignity and love through her husband, Charles Wooten.

Angie Rice, Savannah, GA

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To all who ever met her, Dawn will forever be a beacon of love. And chief among those whose lives she enriched was our daughter Amy. Her family, and most who knew her, know how huge that was, and will always be. But for those to whom this is not familiar, let me give you an idea. For her wedding anniversary with Chuck, I believe it was their tenth, they took Amy to Disneyworld. A friend commented on FaceBook, "Wow! Can I be your third daughter?!" Love was a personal ministry for Dawn, and, like everyone else who knew her, we will be forever grateful for how she showed that.

The Bulls, Savannah, GA

Dearest Chuck and Family, Our sincerest condolences. Dawn will be greatly missed and fondly remembered forever! Comfort and peace to you all.

Mark and Julie Gannam, Savannah , GA

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Dawn was a truly amazing woman who touched the lives of everyone who knew her! Her passion for teaching enriched the academic success of all her students. I.was blessed to know Dawn through the gifted department of Savannah Chatham School System. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Chuck and your family.

Susan Freeman, Pooler, GA

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Candle tribute lit by Susan Freeman — Georgia

Dear Charles, I am so sorry to learn of the death of your lovely wife. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Katherine

Katherine Johnson, Savannah, GA

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Thank you for sharing Dawn with grandchildren. They had the opportunity to experience Mrs.Wooten as she was their gifted teacher. I would do parent pick-up in the p.m. There was Dawn getting it done. Always a happy person. Especially, thank you Dawn for being apositive role model to my daughter, Vicki Lincoln...also teacher at Marshpoint. I will continue to pray for the family and friends. Especially, the staff and children of Marshpoint Elementary School.

Bonnie Newman, Savannah, GA

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Dawn Was a Sweet LADY.

Lissa Coleman, Savannah, Ga

Although we will never understand why God chose you, we know that you are no longer in pain. You have always been such a powerful force in my children's lives, and then mine when I joined the Marshpoint family. Dawn is one of the most loving and caring people I've ever known. Last year was a difficult one for me in my professional career. She knew I needed to hear positive things to help me realize why it was happening. I can never express how much she means to me and I will continue to pray for the entire family. God Saw You Getting Tired God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be So he put His arms around you And whispered "Come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you As you slowly slipped away And though we loved you dearly We couldn't make you stay. Your golden heart stopped beating Your tired hands put to rest God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. - God Saw You Getting Tired, by Frances and Kathleen Coelho

Vicki Lincoln, Savannah, GA

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Dearest Chuck and family, Heaven is a little brighter and Earth is a little dimmer because the light Dawn eluded has moved to her new home. She will live on through those who knew and loved her. Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon her.

Jill Lepo-Wieniewitz , Savannah, Ga

I am so deeply saddened at the death of our sweet friend, Dawn; however, I take incredible comfort knowing we have all gained an angel to watch over us. Dawn was truly one of the most honest, caring, loving, and genuine friends I have ever known. She will be missed by those who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her and even those who didn not. Her reach is innumerable. May she continue to fly high and make us smile at each thought of her. I will always love you, Dawn Pierce Wooten.

Libby Miller, Savannah, GA

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Charles, you and Dawn were always special friends to Michael and me. We will always cherish our special dinner in November. What a wonderful night with friends. Even that night, Dawn had a smile on her face. She always had a lovely smile for everyone. Her grace and beauty will be missed terribly. We are praying for you and love you.

Kathleen and Michael Taylor, Savannah, Ga


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