Dawn C.Noonan

Age 78 Columbia homemaker was an avid tennis player and a singer.

August 22, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dawn C. Noonan, a homemaker and avid tennis player, died Saturday of breast cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Columbia resident was 78.

Dawn C. Eyman was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. After graduation from McKinley High School in 1948, she worked as a switchboard operator for Ohio Bell Telephone Co. and in clothing sales.

Mrs. Noonan lived in South Carolina and Atlanta before moving to Columbia in 1969.

Her jobs included delivering the Columbia Flier and working as a Casual Corner sales associate. She worked until the mid-1980s at the now-closed Industrial Deli in Columbia.

A soprano, she sang for many years with the Village Voices, a Columbia amateur musical theater group.

She also served as president of the Running Brook Elementary School PTA.

Mrs. Noonan enjoyed playing tennis until she was 76.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991.

"She'll be remembered by her family and friends for the courage, optimism and humor she displayed fighting the disease," said her husband of 61 years, James F. Noonan, a retired sales marketing manager.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia.

Also surviving are a son, Eric J. Noonan of Spring, Texas; a daughter, Allison C. Noonan of Columbia; two brothers, Richard Rochleau of Canton, Ga., and Michael Walker of Wyandotte, Mich.; a sister, Judith Hindle of Columbus; and three grandchildren.

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