Nikiski resident Dawn Marie Shoemaker died Monday, April 1, 2002, from adrenal gland cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 34.
A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at North Star United Methodist Church in Nikiski. Pastor John Henry will officiate.
Mrs. Shoemaker was born March 11, 1968, in La Mirada, Calif. She graduated from Fruita Monument High School in Grand Junction, Colo. She moved from Portland, Ore., to Nikiski in September 1991. She was the owner and operator of Tailwaggers Grooming Shop in Soldotna.
Mrs. Shoemaker attended North Star United Methodist Church. She also was active in pet rescue and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She loved caring for animals of all kinds.
"Dawn was first and foremost a loving mother to her two young sons, Sean and Ty. She also was an anchor for her entire extended family and will be greatly missed," her family said.
"Dawn had a special gift and love in caring for animals. She became a respected member of the peninsula business community through her grooming shop and through her work with rescuing unwanted pets.
"She exhibited remarkable courage in her battle with cancer. Her family and friends feel very fortunate to have known her and to have been a part of her life."
Mrs. Shoemaker is survived by her husband, David; sons, Sean, 8, and Ty, 7; mother and stepfather, Mary Grimes Ramos and Jose "Pepe" Ramos of Buffalo, N.Y.; father and stepmother, David Croze and Lavonne Currier of Nikiski; sisters, Shelly Croze of Nikiski and Heather Croze of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother, Joshua Croze of Nikiski; aunts and uncles, Donald and Lynda Croze and family of Troutdale, Ore., Doug and Ann Croze and family of Portland; great uncle Joe Bearse of Hemet, Calif.; and step-grandparents, Wallace and Peggy Currier of Molina, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Family Benefit Fund for Dawn Shoemaker, Wells Fargo Bank account No. 5432575826.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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