Marjorie Dawson, 82

Avid gardener

October 25, 2006

Marjorie S. Dawson, a homemaker and avid gardener, died of liver cancer Sunday at her Rodgers Forge home. She was 82.

She was born Marjorie Stelwagon and raised in Merion, Pa., and graduated from Merion High School in 1942.

She studied landscape design at the Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation, which was founded by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 in Lower Merion Township. Pa., and at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

She was married in 1957 to Charles S. Dawson Sr., a clinical research associate with Wyeth Pharmaceutical Co. in Philadelphia, and moved to the Hampton section of Baltimore County in 1974.

For the past 21 years, Mrs. Dawson lived on Parliament Court, where she enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Garden Workshop and the Horticultural Society of Maryland.

"She was just a dirt gardener, and that's how she saw herself," her husband said.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Edgemere Club in Pike County, Pa.

Mrs. Dawson was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles S. Dawson Jr. of Glenmont, N.Y., and Frederick Dawson of Hanapepe, Hawaii; a daughter, Anne Christensen of St. Helens, Ore.; a brother, John W. Stelwagon of Malvern, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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