Dawn Graham Galloway

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March 11, 1957 ~ July 5, 2023

Born in: Jackson, Alabama
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Dawn Graham Galloway, a loving wife, mother, friend, educator, and die-hard Auburn Tiger, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2023, at the age of 66. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, July 14, at 10 am at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, 417 University Drive. Bright are encouraged and yellow was her favorite color. There will be a lunch after the service in the great hall.

Her time on this earth began as Nancy Dawn Graham in Jackson, Alabama on March 11, 1957, the third of five children of Joe B. Graham, Jr., and Faye Graham (neé McVay). Dawn graduated from Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska and went to Auburn University where she graduated in 1979 with a degree in Journalism.

Dawn’s path through life was as interesting as she was. She began her newspaper career at a small town paper in Leeds, Alabama. Always on to bigger and better things, she moved to Oklahoma City to join the Daily Oklahoman and be closer to her sister and her niece and nephews. In Oklahoma City she met the love of her life, John Galloway. After relocating to Texas and spending a few years in New Braunfels, Dawn and John settled and built their life in College Station, Texas. She worked as the Director for the Mothers Day Out Daycare at A&M United Methodist Church, where hundreds of children, including her own three, passed through her doors.

Years later, Dawn returned to journalism and was the Editor of The Eagle at the time the Aggie Bonfire fell. She also had careers as a photographer and insurance agent. Eventually, she found her passion in helping those with special needs. She earned a teaching certificate and joined the special education department of College Station ISD as a Life Skills teacher. After earning her master’s degree in counseling, she became an administrator in the district. She made many friends in the education world, which included the legendary group “Book Club” held at Ozona’s where the laughs were always unending. She was also an active volunteer in her children’s church youth group affectionately known as “Mama Galloway” and was a CASA special advocate for the Brazos Valley.

When diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2015, Dawn decided that she wasn’t done living life. Dawn and John checked off many new places on her remarkable travel bucket list, which included four big themes: she loved music, she loved the beach, she loved mountains, and she loved spending time with family and friends. She witnessed two of her children get married, watched her sons graduate from college and became a grandmother, affectionately known as “Tuts”. The family was able to create many more lasting memories, and she officially went into remission in the spring of 2023, outliving her prognosis by over 5 years.

Dawn will be remembered for her fiery spirit, dynamic personality, ambitious drive, and her desire to bring out the best in those around her. She led by example and provided her children and students a blueprint for living life to the fullest. Everyone knew they could count on her to help, as she had a loving, giving spirit that asked nothing in return. Dawn truly gave everyone around her a sense of belonging.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and prayers received through her long battle with cancer, most notably the care from her doctor team at MD Anderson, led by Dr. Sunil Patel and Dr. Stephen Chun, as well as her team of local doctors Dr. Richard Smith and Dr. Derick Kuhl.

Dawn is survived by her husband John of Bryan, daughter Valerie Richards and grandson Graham Richards of Houston, son Neal Galloway of Houston, son Patrick Galloway and daughter-in-law Josie Galloway of Rockville, Maryland, sister Penny Cathey of Clearwater, Florida, brother Joseph “Brownie” Graham of Omaha, Nebraska, brother Stan Graham of Forrest Hill, Maryland, and a host of extended family and wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robin “Gann” Graham. The family would like memorial donations to be sent to Special Olympics or to the Make A Wish Foundation


Celebration of Life Tribute: July 14, 2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A&M United Methodist Church
417 University Dr.
College Station, TX 77840

(979) 846-8731

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  1. John,
    Pam and I send our wish of peace for you. We believe that Dawn is finally at peace.
    Let us know how we can support you. The love you and Dawn share(d) is inspiring.
    We are unable to attend Dawn’s Celebration of Life. Please know we will be there in spirit.

    Love, Mike and Pam

  2. John ,
    Dawn adopted me in a crazy time in my life and did it for a friend of yours , never put restriction timelines or limitations on my stay, just tried to make me feel at home as one of the family . Listened to me talk even though she had so much in her plate . I will cherish the times we shared and miss her . Always in my hear and prayers ,

  3. John and family. I am so sorry to learn of Dawn’s passing. May you find comfort and solace as you remember her well-lived life and in the peace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My thoughts are with your family. God bless.

  4. John and family … Dot and I are very sorry. We’ll always cherish memories of our Voya trips together. Dawn’s positive attitude was inspirational in the face of health challenges. You’re in our prayers during these difficult times.
    Our deepest sympathy, Monte & Dorothy Hinkle

  5. John:
    I am devastated to hear this. Dawn was such an important part of The Eagle as city editor. Her strong, tough guidance during the Bonfire collapse made all of us at The Eagle shine brighter with the ability to bring critical information to the community. She was a true friend and her departure from The Eagle was a loss to me personally and to the community. She was such a special person and I shall miss her. God bless you and her children and grandchildren.

  6. John, So sorry to see these sad news. She was an incredible fighter and a model for all that followed her journey. I am glad she got to see her son married and that you shared travels as a family. Our condolences from Bob, Matías and Patricia Grande

  7. John,
    So sorry for your loss and that of your family. Dawn’s obituary is beautiful. She was remarkable

  8. Dear John, my heart is broken learning of Dawn’s passing at such a young age enjoying life and family. I didn’t realize she beat cancer for 5 years more of a life well lived and loved . I’m so happy to hear that she didn’t want anyone to wear black at her funeral and I think it’s a trend we all need to follow because the end of our life on earth is the beginning of eternal life with our Father in heaven ❤️ as the Holy Bible promises. Sending you prayers for strength as you go through this super difficult time. May your beautiful memories of Dawn live forever in your heart and with your family. God bless you ❤️ Cynthia Guerra Garza , E-E Class of 1976

  9. John – I am so sorry to hear about Dawn. She was a remarkable woman. You and your family are in my prayers. Stay strong my friend!


  10. John and family, I am heartbroken to hear of Dawns passing. I have so many wonderful memories of our time together at Auburn where we met and discovered that we were actually related too! She was such a special person and will always be in our hearts. Cleve and I send our prayers of comfort to you all during this difficult time.

  11. John, my heart goes out to you and your family. What a lovely obituary and while I never met Dawn, she had to be an amazing person. Praying for your strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  12. We watched our families grow up, shared the joys and the challenges of parenthood, laughed and loved and lived as neighbors and lifelong friends. Dawn, we’ll miss you and always remember the great times we shared.

    John, Valerie, Neal and Patrick our hearts are with you in your loss. Friends forever!

    –Diane and John Walter

  13. John, based on your sharing of your wonderful thoughts of her she always had a sunny bright disposition. And that smile is contagious! When I think of her I think about the two of you being at the Journey concert at the Woodlands. My condolences.

  14. John and family,
    My love, prayers and spirit are with you as you celebrate Dawn’s life and legacy today. She was an amazing person who enriched so many lives. She will never be forgotten. May you feel God’s love, presence, peace & comfort.

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