Carita Clare (Mace) Dawson

Died: Thu., May 14, 2015


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., May 21, 2015
Location: Harney County Church of the Nazarene


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Carita (Mace) Dawson, 84 died on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at her home.  A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene at 11:00 a.m.  Contributions in Carita's memory can be made to Harney County 4-H and mailed to LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, Oregon 97720.



Carita was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Burns to Clarence and RoseEthel Mace. She was the fifth child of nine kids.

She worked on the family ranch, and was a sheepherder from age 6 until she was 15. She also lived in Wagontire at a young age, which was known as “Mace Flats.”

Carita attended school in Burns. She either walked or rode her horse to school, more than seven miles away.

She ran a buck rake and a four-horse rutter rake at the family ranch.

In September 1950, Carita married Tex Dawson.

Carita was active in 4-H for years. She was a Sunday school teacher at the Assembly of God Church in Burns for more than 50 years. When it shut down, she attended the Nazarene Church until her death. She decorated for many weddings and social events in the community and for various friends and family. Tex and Carita took in numerous foster children throughout the years. They raised hay and ran a few cows. Carita was known for digging up thistles, and keeping the weeds out of their hay field. In two days time, she was known to dig up 1,500 thistles.

She worked at various locations in Burns, including Johnson’s Studio, Gateway Motel and Queen’s Court.

She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, foster mom, friend and aunt, always trying to help others however she could.

Carita is survived by her husband, Wheeler (Tex) Dawson of Burns; son, Clifford Dawson and his wife, Carol of Burns; daughter, Clarita (Bunny) Barker of Redmond; brother, Fred Mace of Battle Mountain, Nev.; sister, Carlon Haines of Echo; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lewis Mace, Pud Mace, Delore Mace and Gene Mace; and sisters, Imogene Reinkemeyer and Carmon Rogers.

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