Inga Francis (Maua) Dawson, R.N.A. (nee Kelson)
After a determined 20-year battle with cancer, Inga (Maua) Dawson died at the Dryden Regional Health Centre on Friday, February 24, 2006, at age 75.
Born in Roskilde, Denmark, Inga was brought to her parents’ cabin in winter at Red Lake, Ontario, when she was three months old. She attended Red Lake Public School and graduated from Red Lake Continuation (High) School. She married Vello Maua at Red Lake in 1954, and lived in Balmertown until moving to Dryden in 1966. Inga was well-known as a breeder of miniature schnauzer dogs, and for her popular business, “Inga’s Dog Grooming.” Inga returned to the classroom and graduated from Lake of the Woods District Hospital Training Centre in Kenora in 1978 with a Registered Nursing Assistant diploma. In 1981, Inga fell in love with her teenage sweetheart, William (Dyck) Dawson and moved to Vernon, BC, and was married there in 1986.
Inga was predeceased by her mother Kristine, her father Ingeman, her step-mother, Arlene (Ducky) Ames, her former husband, Vello Maua, in 1991, and her second husband, Bill Dawson, in 1999.
Inga returned to live in Dryden in 1999, where she was the consummate grandmother. Despite her recurring ill-health, Inga always had energy for imaginative play, reading, and just spending cherished time with her little loved ones.
Inga is survived by sons Karl Maua (Debbie) of Ear Falls, ON, and Erik Maua (Amy), grandson Christison of Dryden, granddaughters Autumn and Storm Maua, grandson Kelson Maua, all of Dryden, and by cousins in Denmark, and devoted friends.
A funeral was held on Friday, March 3, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Homes “Moffat Chapel” in Dryden. Officiants were Alice Bloomfield and long-time friend, John Richthammer. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date in the family plot in Red Lake Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, donations would be welcomed by the Northern Cancer Research Foundation through the Stevens Funeral Home’s “Moffat Chapel,” P.O. Box 412, Dryden, ON, P8N 2Z1.