- August 26, 1958 - June 3, 2012
- Chesire, Connecticut
of Dawn's Passing
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“What I remember most about Dawn was her kindness, her love of life, family and friends, and her infectious smile. Dawn's smile could light up any...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Ivey - Lebanon, NH
“I just learned that Dawn passed away, and feel such sadness. Dawn and I worked together in the Hood Center at Dartmouth and she was a beautiful...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Toni LaMonica - Hanover, NH
“I will forever remember your smile and kindness. While you are gone too soon from this earth, you will live forever in the hearts of the many people...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Sandy Garrett - Absecon, NJ
“A bright, shining beacon of love and hope, whose smile embraced all who came into contact with her.
Dawn never met a stranger, always a new...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Maggie Foster Burnett - Chicago, IL
“You will be missed dearly..I will never forget all of the advice you gave me..Thank you for playing a part in my kids life..Love you so much!
5 of 28 | Posted by: Erika Bantum - Williamston, NC
“I was one of MANY people at Dartmouth College whose life was touched by Pastor Dawn. She always had a word of comfort or advice for me. The light...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Valerie Dickerson Cordero
“Pat & Family: Would like to convey my deepest sympathy for the loss of Dawn. I will always remember how nice she was when we worked together at...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Regina Armstrong - Atlantic City, NJ
I am so very sorry for your loss. Permit me to say that I feel like I have lost a sister too.
Dawn had more intelligence, personality,...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: kevin jiggetts - south walpole, MA
“Trey, LaRae, Mae, Melva, and the Mays Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn was a wonderful person and I will miss her too.
I will remember...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Donnecka Anderson - Memphis, TN
“God truly blessed with when you came into my life at Rutgers, thus beginning a journey of true friendship! Even though life took us in various...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl - Pennsauken, NJ - Friend
“First I want to offer my condolences to the Hardy and Mays family on the loss of Dawn. She was a wonderful person and I am so glad to have had her as...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Ella Maclin - Memphis, TN
“Life is so precious and so short. Noone knows the hour...
We spent many hours traveling from Lebanon, NH to Concord, NH (60 miles each way) and...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Patch - Lebanon, NH
“To my loving niece Dawn, you fought a good fight. You finished your assignment and now you rest. Your works will praise you in the gates.
To my...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Martha Watkins - Memphis, TN
“Rev. Dawn will be missed by me so very, very much. A nobody like me waivering by the wayside....she saw me and saw something in me.Taking me by the...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Isaiah Minter - Middletown, CT
“As an admin. asst. at the American Lung Association, I will always remember Dawn's warm smile and the courtesy she showed to me. My thoughts and...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Susan Hewitt - Taunton, MA
“I will always remember Dawn as a wonderful, sweet woman who devoted her life to her many passions. Her family will continue to be in my prayers- May...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Britney Martin - East Hartford, CT
“My heart goes out to you both in your time of loss. LaRae-one of the last times I spoke with your Mom she and I had a conversation about you. She...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Wrubleski - East Hartford, CT
“Dawny, I'll see you when I get there.
You where my mirror, shining back at me with a world of possibilities. You where my witness, who saw me at...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Larry Mays - Egg Harbor City, NJ
“You will forever be in our memories
19 of 28 | Posted by: Larry - Egg Harbor City, NJ
“we will miss you .
20 of 28 | Posted by: Brianna - Egg Harbor City, NJ
“I only had the honor and joy of knowing Dawn since she came to the Lung Association. We became immediate partners and friends. She is one of the...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia Checko - Berlin, CT
“To say she was an Angel on this earth would be an understatement. I feel privelege to have spent as much time round her as I did in Highschool. Her...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: James E Fraleigh - Casselberry, FL
“To the Mays and Hardy Families,
You all have my deepest sympathy on the loss of Dawn. I went through school with her, from elementary school to high...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Dee Sweet-Greenwood
“There are very few people who touch your life and make a lasting impression – Dawn was that kind of person. She saw both the good and the beauty...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Michael Downing - Asbury Park, NJ
“I can't remember a day in High School that didn't include my buddy, Dawn. From riding the bus together, to doing the morning announcements together,...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Ginger Frontuto Fisher - NJ
“My Prayers are with the family. Heaven has another angel. Such a special person gone to soon. God Bless.
26 of 28 | Posted by: Darlene Puglise-Brudon - NJ
“God Bless You Dawn! I cherish our memories together!
You took me under your wing on the OHS Cheerleading squad
and taught me so much....more than...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Tricia Johnson Sheilds - NJ
“My condolences to the Mays-Hardy family. My your love for GOD get you through this rough time. Hold on to GOD'S unchanging Hand.
28 of 28 | Posted by: Kimberly Washington - NJ
Dawn Mays-Hardy, age 53, of Cheshire, Connecticut, went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2012. Dawn was born on August 26, 1958, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Cornelia (Bennett) Mays and Larkey Mays, Jr. She attended the Egg Harbor City public schools and graduated from Oakcrest High School of Mays Landing, NJ in 1976. While in high school, she was a member of the Oakcrest Marching band and the cheer leading squad. She continued her education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, graduating with a degree in Biology. After graduation she joined the Atlantic City Health Department and worked in a variety of health related fields. Additionally, she attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and she attained a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary. Dawn worked as a policy director for the American Lung Association in New England. She co-led a trip to Tanzania for Drama and Divinity School students from Yale University interested in the possibilities of social change. Dawn continued her ministry at Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown, CT, all while beginning a doctoral program at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where she hoped to further explore her vision of holistic ministry. She was predeceased by: her father, Larkey Mays, Jr. Dawn is survived by: her husband of sixteen years, Clarence; and her fourteen year old daughter, LaRae; her mother, Cornelia Mays; siblings, Patricia Stewart, Deborah Cousins, Larkey Mays III (Corlette), and Larry Mays; mother-in-law, Mae Hardy; sister-in- law, Melva Hardy; and a host of other family members and friends. Donations may made to: Beatrice Mays Scholarship Fund, 1301 Washington Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. Lovingly Submitted, The Family