Elizabeth Dawn (Burnett) McRae, 62, Nolan County native and former Sweetwater High School teacher, was called to her Heavenly Rest Friday, September 14, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Sherman, Texas, while comforted by her daughter, mother, two sisters, and numerous devoted and helpful friends.
Celebration of Life Memorial is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, at 2 pm, Christ Church Plano in the Chapel 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano TX 75024 â€“ Phone 972-618-0222.
A Memorial gathering of area friends and family is planned for Saturday, 2 PM, September 22 â€“ at the old Sweetwater Cemetery, 2000 West Alabama, Sweetwater, Texas.
Elizabeth Dawn (Burnett) McRae was born in Sweetwater, Texas on June 16, 1950, to Mary Elizabeth (Bettye Martin) Burnett and Billy Tom (B.T.) Burnett. After her birth- fatherâ€™s death, and her mother re-married, Benjamin Campbell McRae took Dawn as his own loving daughter by adoption in 1961.
Dawn enjoyed a life of service to others, beginning with her family, and attaining many educational victories in spite of long and often painful illness, from which she claimed until the very end, â€śNever let it be said, that Dawn McRae lost the battle with cancer... Twenty-seven years, ending with a graduation to Streets of Gold surrounded by loving family and friends, is true Victory!â€ť
Dawn attended Bitburg American High School, and graduated from Ludwigsburg American High School in Ludwigsburg, Germany, was awarded her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Speech) and Drama at University of Texas at Arlington in 1972, her Master of Education, at Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, 2005, and recently dusted off a life-long dream, and was awarded her PhD at Regent University. Along lifeâ€™s path, Dawn earned numerous other teaching credentials, and with a deep passion for children, was certified in, and taught Montessori.
Thus â€śDoctor Dawnâ€ť leaves a legacy to those she administered wise counsel informally, from hospital personell, to her family, and in a professional capacity, at Journeys Christian Counseling Center, Richardson, Texas, and to those she has taught at private and public schools around the DFW Metro-Plex, Houston, and in west Texas.
Dawn was preceded in death by her birth-father, Billy Tom (B.T.) Burnett, baby brother Robert Martin Burnett, baby sister Alice Burnett, paternal grandparents Jovita and G.M. â€śBillâ€ť Burnett, and maternal grandparents Mary Alice and Floyd Martin, all of Sweetwater.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Anne â€śLizâ€ť Banks of Sherman, mother Bettye Martin-McRae of Sweetwater, father Benjamin C. McRae, Lewisville, Mary M. McRae, Lewisville and nephew Benjamin C. McRae and wife Kedrin, and grand-nephew Benjamin C. McRae, niece Alice Ann Fitch-McRae, sister Martha Ann â€śMartiâ€ť McRae of Irving, sister Sallie J. Smith, and husband, Mark W. Smith, nephews Christopher W. Smith, and Stephen B. Smith, all of Lewisville, Uncle Vernon F. Marty Martin, and numerous beloved cousins, in Kansas and Texas and Arizona and Oklahoma. And so many True Friends, it is impossible to count.
The family requests that en lieu of flowers, any memorials be made to: Child Help National Headquarters, 15757 No. 78th St, Suite B, Scottsdale AZ 85260 â€“ donate site ChildHelp.org.