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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
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Dawn Hathorn

Dawn Calarose Hathorn (Moberly)

February 4, 1929 - May 8, 2020
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It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our beloved mother, Dawn Cala Rose Hathorn who passed away at The Heritage Assisted Living facility in Las Cruces, on Friday, May 8, 2020. She was born in Laverne, Oklahoma on February 4, 1929 to Haskell Benjamin and Elsie May Smith Moberly.
Dawn and Earl were married on August 18, 1946. They attended NMSU until Earl graduated and they moved to Rogers and eventually Rosedale. Earl took the position of principal of the Cliff Consolidated Schools. Dawn finished her education at Western New Mexico University and taught first grade for 21 years. After retirement she remained active in Eastern Star, Farm Bureau, Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma, PEO, Rotary Club of Las Cruces, church and community affairs and traveling. She and Earl were lucky enough to have traveled overseas in Europe and extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Her husband always laughed that Dawn had her suitcase packed by the door in case someone said “let’s go”.
In 2000, Dawn and Earl moved to Las Cruces where they enjoyed old friends and family until their deaths. Dawn was a loving, wonderful person not only to her family and friends, but to everyone she met. She enjoyed learning about others lives and making any stranger feel like a special new friend. Our mother had a beautiful smile that she shared with everyone. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed. A celebration of her life will be held when appropriate. She always loved a good party. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.
She is survived by her three daughters, Donna Andersen and son-in-law Gary Andersen of Las Cruces; Niki Hathorn of Las Cruces; and Natalie Hathorn and partner Dawn Eaker of Albuquerque. She also leaves two loving grandchildren, Garrett Andersen and wife Kelly of Denver, Colorado; Tara Dawn Andersen and her son Julian of Las Cruces. When Dawn was 3 years old, her parents moved to Fields, New Mexico to farm wheat and to raise their family. Dawn is also survived by her brother Jacob Moberly and wife Janie, of Clovis and sister Donna Faye Justus and husband Garland of Portales. In addition, she shares many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews from both her and her husband’s families whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years Earl Harold Hathorn.
Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit to sign the local online guest book.
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    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:00pm
    Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
    5140 Picacho
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
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Cindy Yeh

Posted at 03:23pm
Dawn and Earl were our favorite neighbors. Dawn welcomed us into the neighborhood and helped us feel at home, whether it was bringing us freshly baked cookies during the holidays or sharing their latest garden varieties. Every one of us remembers spending hours hanging out by the wall between our houses, just chatting and enjoying the sunshine. We loved that Dawn always left her door open to us and would always offer us a seat in her home. We will always remember that she invited our grandmother visiting from Taiwan over for tea. Our grandmother did not know any English, but she was nonetheless just as warm and hospitable to her. Dawn was always so nice and friendly – and was funny too! We have so many memories together. The entire Yeh family will miss her dearly.

Linda McIlhaney

Posted at 03:24pm
We have wonderful memories of Dawn and Earl due to our friendship with them during Farm Bureau years as we served together. A wonderful friend we enjoyed spending time with at the many meetings. A lovely person we will always remember fondly. Our deepest sympathies to her family and friends at this time.
Linda and Bill McIlhaney

Patricia Rydberg-Lindsey

Posted at 10:56pm
Dawn could light up a room with her wonderful smile! Dawn & Earl were very special friends, to me and my family. We spent many fun, happy times together in Cliff and Las Cruces. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Coy Rice

Posted at 12:58am
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Coy Rice

Posted at 12:56am
I feel very fortunate to have known Dawn during my time in New Mexico and Colorado. She was incredibly supportive and could easily make me laugh. I have personally benefitted from the kindness, empathy, and compassion for which she and her family emulate with ease. I wish you all my best during this difficult time.
Coy Rice
PS – Here are some pictures from a Colorado Trip (2011)

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