Dawn Percival

Winfred Dawn Burns Percival, 72, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 around 4p.m. The family will hold a celebration of life service in her honor at her beloved church of 30 plus years, Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 2201 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station Texas; on Sunday July 29th at 4pm.
Dawn was born on February 4, 1940 in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Dorotha and Winfred Burns. She graduated from Carrizo Springs high school and married Albert Edward Percival Jr. on June 6, 1958. Edward and Dawn moved to Bryan, Texas in 1965.
Dawn devoted her life to her family and her church. She joined Aldersgate United Methodist Church in fall of 1979 and was a devoted leader in her church and faithfully taught a Women’s Sunday School class for over 30 years. Dawn was a kind, caring woman known for her willingness to help anyone in their time of need. Dawn was also a substitute teacher in the Bryan School District where she touched many lives over the years. She loved scrapbooking, gardening and serving the Lord, but her greatest joy was in spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert Edward Percival Jr., her parents Dorotha and Winfred Burns, and her daughter Nancy Catherine Percival.
She is survived by her daughter, Dorotha Dawn Percival Dufoin and her husband Jean Philippe Dufoin, daughter Marie Louise (Lise’) Percival Cummings and her husband Greg Cummings; her son Albert Edward Percival III and Chuck Hughes; her daughter Lydia Claire Percival Meuret and her husband Phil Meuret; Grandchildren Kelley Leanne McDonald and her husband Jason McDonald, John Zachary Jarrott, Cody and wife Christine Cummings, Kara Cummings, Kathryn Claire and Darren Hickl, Jackson Meuret, Jacob Meuret, and Reagan Meuret, and Carole Dufoin; Brother-in-law, Richard and Mary Percival; three great grandchildren, Levi and Kendall Marek, and Blake Cummings; Niece Louise Schwab and husband Doug.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be sent to her beloved Aldersgate UMC at 6501 East HWY 6 Bypass, College Station, TX 77845, or Renew Ministries which has established the Dawn Percival Memorial Fund for Leadership Development. This fund will launch a leadership training initiative for women in the Methodist Church.
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  1. Though miles have separated us through
    the years, I still have wonderful memories of our childhood and school days. She was a cheerful, sweet friend, and I will never forget her. My love to her loving children. God bless you. Ann Speer

  2. Dawn epitomized all that is Aldersgate. It did not seem to be a complete service if she happened to be absent. I looked forward to her compassionate greetings and thank God for her wisdom and council. All three of my daughters grew up knowing her as a perfect example of what a woman should be.
    Heaven is now a much better place with her there!
    Love and Blessings to her family,
    Charles Gilbert

  3. You may remember me as Linda Price, wife of Chester Price..daughters: Cathy, Dawn, Jennifer & Molly. I was sad when you lost your father, but this tragedy has broken my heart. I cannot imagine your loss. Your mother, Dawn was the sweetest, Christian, loving lady that was a part of my life way back when you all were much younger. To say she had a positive affect on my life and who I am today would be putting it mildly. I write this through many tears and with a big ache in my heart. Though we moved physically apart, I don’t think we ever forgot each other. I know I never forgot Dawn. I still remember how great a friend she was to me and my family. The suppers we shared, the happy events, the heart aches, the foster children, our children playing and growing up, the recipes she shared that we still use and I always commented, “my friend Dawn gave me this one.” I thought of her often. I am guilty of not trying to make contact,after I moved away, but it was not because I did not want to…I guess it was laziness in these fast times. No excuse is good enough. I should have reached out and told your mother that I thanked our Lord many, many times for allowing her to be in my life. She probably saved it in more ways than one, with her caring, listening or advice. I know the times ahead will be sad, evn happy, ones of remembering, plus other emotions. Please know there are many people out there that your mother touched with her kindness and love. I am one of them. I will grieve with you and I will remember her always. Thank you God, for Dawn Percival and be with her sweet family for now and ever. I wish I could write more, but words are escaping me. All my Love to each one of you. Linda Houck, 601 W Fawn St, Caldwell, TX 77836

  4. As a friend of Lydia’s, I know from countless stories that Dawn was a wonderful, spirited, christian woman. My heart breaks for your family but I hope you find peace in knowing that she is joyfully reunited with her loving husband and living eternally with God in heaven. Your entire family will be heavily in my prayers in the coming months.

    All my love, Rebecca Ochoa

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