Leona Nellie Dashnaw
Leona Nellie Dashnaw
  • December 7, 1929 - June 10, 2017
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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Our mom, Leona N. Dashnaw “Lee”, entered eternal happiness with God our Father Saturday, June 10, 2017. Jesus put His loving arms around Mom, bringing her back to Dad’s arms. For years Mom willingly lived in the shadow of Dad. Like Peter Pan that “shadow” gave Dad the strength and the opportunity to live and love his life. She made it possible for dad to support and sustain their large family, allowing him to better serve God and community in his many ministries. Her selfless devotion was evident in all things she did—never more so than to the love of her life, our dad. Mom was attentive not only to the big stuff in our lives, but also the smallest details of our everyday. She was very proud of her nine children: Donna Shelters (Dennis), Debbie Holbrook (Tom), Rick Dashnaw (Sue), Paul Dashnaw (Linda), Ed Dashnaw (Holly), Beth Winser (Fred), Tom Dashnaw (Linda), Al Dashnaw (Jeannie), and Pete Dashnaw. Their extended families include 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Lee was preceded in death by her beloved husband Deacon Don Dashnaw, daughter Beth, teenage grandchildren Sarah Dashnaw – Rick & Sue’s daughter, and Allison Dashnaw – Al & Jeannie’s daughter.

A 1947 Graduate of Plattsburgh High School, NY State; she attended Plattsburgh Business Institute, actively supported several Parent Teacher Organizations; member of Morrisonville Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, Lady of Rosary Society, and Columbiettes. She and Dad co-founded the Morrisonville Ambulance Service in 1981. They moved to Charleston, SC in 1989. January 2006 Mom was awarded Mother of the Year, Diocese of Charleston. Before the pain of arthritis and diabetic numbness of her fingertips there were great meals and desserts; and hand-crafted holiday decorations for the walls and Christmas trees in our homes. She enjoyed family, her doll collection, yard birds, jewelry, shoes and the Enquire.

CELEBRATE Mom’s life with us 6PM - 8PM Thursday June 15th at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home – 7113 Rivers Ave, N. Charleston. Relatives and friends of Lee Dashnaw are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Friday, June 16th at Divine Redeemer Church – 1106 Fort Drive, Hanahan SC. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park. Donations may be sent in her honor to Divine Redeemer Catholic School, 106 Fort Drive, Hanahan SC 29410.

Arrangements provided by CAROLINA MEMORIAL PARK, FUNERALS and CREMATIONS, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406 (843)797-2222. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carolinamemorial.com.