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Edna Jean Rawdon

Jul 15, 2012 - Staff

Edna Jean "Peggy" Rawdon, 94, of Riverton, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at hospice care in Casper. Her death resulted from injury suffered from a fall July 2 in her home.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. The Rev. Rex Whitman will officiate.

Edna Jean "Peggy" Rawdon was born and grew up near Perth, Western Australia.

Her parents owned and operated a mercantile store in the small town of Harvey, and Mrs. Rawdon and her sister helped in the store.

She described the sound of rain beating on the tin roof of the family store as one of her fondest memories of girlhood.

During WWII she met and married her husband of 60 years, submarine chief electrician's mate Clarke Rawdon, from Watertown, S.D.. She was the seventh Austral-ian war bride to enter the U.S.

After the war, the couple settled in Rapid City, S.D.

In 1954, the family of six moved to Medina, Western Australia, where they lived near Mrs. Rawdon's parents, before returning to South Dakota in 1958.

Then the family moved to Wyoming, living in Thermopolis, Morton, Jeffrey City and Shoshoni, before settling in Riverton in the mid-1980s.

Her family said Mrs. Rawdon devoted herself to her husband and four daughters, and to making a beautiful home. She loved planting flowers in the spring, baking bread, sewing quilts and watching ice-skating and tennis on TV.

She was a member of the Riverton First Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Carol Stewart of Fairfield, Conn.; Cleo Sonneborn and husband Jonathan of Easton, Conn.; and Beverly Dowers and husband Dan of Boulder, Colo. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark; her daughter, Shirley Agbannawag of Riverton; and her sister, Rae Dalziel of Queensland, Australia.

Memorials may be made in Peggy Rawdon's name to "The Flower Fund" at Owl Creek Apartments to purchase plants.

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