Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 24, 2011 1:00 am EDT


IGNACE, Ontario — The Rev. Dawn (Woodward) Gotoh-Stevens of Ignace, Ontario, Canada, passed away on Aug. 25, 2011, of complications due to bypass surgery.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Royce and Marjorie Woodward, on May 23, 1943, and reared in Mount Vernon.

She is survived by her beloved spouse, Anne Gotoh-Stevens; her children, Naomi (Travis) Marsh and Marc (Shoko) Gotoh. Also surviving are her mother, Marjorie Woodward Walcutt; her stepfather, Robert Walcutt; her brother, Marc Woodward (Kathy); nephew, Ian; cousins, Mike and Judy Christian of Westerville, and Anne Pohner of Hawaii. She is survived by grandchildren, Lexie, Arya and Nico Gotoh of Shanghai; former spouse, Yoshio Gotoh (Sanae).

Dawn was preceded in death by her father, Royce Woodward.

Dawn loved music and the ministry. She was a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary. She was a religious educator and later became a United Methodist minister. She served in churches in the Chicago area and later in life in two churches in Ignace.

Although Dawn had health concerns for many years, her death was unexpected. She truly celebrated life and enjoyed all the people she met. Dawn would want us to grieve her passing in the arms of loved ones and to celebrate the joys of “family.” In memory of her life, please consider giving to the Prader-Willi Society, the Alzheimer’s Society or gift to the charity of your choice.

A celebration of Dawn’s life will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Jonathan Fettig officiating.

To Dawn:
My pain echoes in the cry of the loon,
I still feel your hand in mine.
Our love will live forever
Beyond the bounds of time.
—Your Annie

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