Jun 08,1957---Sep 05,2021

Dawn Diane Light, age 64, of Gardner, KS died Sunday, September 5, 2021 at her home. Dawn was born on June 8, 1957 in Ashland, Ohio. She was a 1975 graduate of Ashland High School. Following high school, over the course of several years, Dawn furthered her higher education with several institutions, earning multiple degrees. Those institutions and degrees include an Associate of Applied Science, Criminal Justice from North Central State College; an Associate of Applied Science, Business Administration and Business Management Certificate from Ashland University; a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration from Ottawa University, then ultimately received her MBA from Ottawa University in 2010. Dawn began a career with United Telephone Company in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1988 where she started as a Record Archivist/Manager. Her dedication to her work led to numerous promotions, eventually working her way up to the position of Corporate Strategy Planner, even as ownership changed from Sprint to Embarq. Those promotions, during her time under the Sprint ownership, ultimately led to a job transfer which moved Dawn and her daughters to Kansas in 1996. Dawn remained with the company until 2009 under the ownership of Embarq. Following, she worked at the IRS for a couple years prior to her current employment at the Department of Homeland Security as an Immigration Officer- a job she truly loved and excelled at.  

Dawn’s hobbies included bragging about her children, watching tv with a dachshund (or two) curled up in her lap, winning all the stuffed animals out of claw machines, playing the slots, whale watching, napping, and reading about American History. She also loved to sing and sang most of her life, always simultaneously embarrassing her children while impressing them with her talent. After the early death of her late husband, Robert William Light, in 1994, Dawn remained a faithful and dedicated single mother to her two daughters: Nicole (Matthew) Light Densberger of Sacramento, CA and Stacey (Daniel) Jolliff Light of Overland Park, KS, who survive her. Dawn taught her daughters to be strong, independent women who would like the world to know that they owe everything they are to their wonderful mother. Also surviving is her mother, Janis (Lumbatis) Emery of Gardner, KS. In addition to her husband, Dawn was preceded in death by her father: Orlan Emery.


In Kansas, visitation will be on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 1-3 pm at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS 66215. 

Dawn’s funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875, with burial in Oakland Cemetery beside her late husband, Robert. Visitation will be from 5-8:00 PM Wednesday, September 15th at Penwell Turner Funeral Home.  www.PenwellTurner.com

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to Always & Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary Ever After Farm by mail at 23595 West 223rd Street, Spring Hill, KS 66083 or online at the link provided: https://www.alwaysandfurever.org/donate/ 


Lynn Needs Sep 09 ,2021

Friend from College ,Mansfield ,Ohio

I knew both Bob and Dawn from College! Both of them were fantastic people! Despite being widowed at a young age, Dawn persevered when many would have given up! Her focus was on her girls and their welfare! I am very proud to have know both of your parents! My sincere sympathy goes to you both!

Florinda Rogers Sep 10 ,2021

Colleague ,Missouri

My deep condolences to Dawn's family and friends. I met and have known Dawn since she came onboard with the Department of Homeland Security. Dawn and I didn't really get to know each other on a personal basis; however, I have always enjoyed running into her in the hallway or breakroom [at work] as we'd always made sure to say hello to each other. And-- it is one of those little moments that sometimes can make a difference in someone else's day. You will be missed, Dawn!

Benjamin Vonk Sep 10 ,2021

Former Supervisor ,Lee's Summit ,Missouri

I moved to the Kansas City area in 2017 and Dawn was on the first team that I supervised out here. She was a wonderful person and never hesitated to tell me about things to do in the area, tell me about her wonderful family, or share stories about her late husband. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that she was an avid Ohio State Football fan... Even more to my chagrin, she found out that I was an avid Michigan Football fan! She never let me forget about OSU's recent dominance and was always sure to send plenty of jokes and make good natured fun of me for it. Even both of us had moved on to other work units, she'd be sure to send me an e-mail going into game week and another after OSU inevitably beat down UM. Anyway, I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn was an absolutely wonderful human being and she will be greatly missed. Praying for you all as you deal with this difficult loss.

Sue Williams Sep 10 ,2021

Great Aunt ,Woodsfield ,Ohio

Nicole, Stacy and Janis so sorry for the loss of your Mom and daughter. Always loved Dawn so much. She was a special niece to me and was always proud of her , May God comfort and heal your aching heart, Will see you in Shelby, Oh. if all stay well. Love you all. Aunt Sue.

Tim Cash Sep 10 ,2021

I worked with Dawn in her latest position at Overland Park before I transferred to Lee's Summit. She worked in a cubicle next to and directly across from me. Dawn was always friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. She was a go to person whenever I had technical issues. She was definitely proud of her children and often spoke about them to me. She had a great sense of humor and never took herself too seriously. I will certainly miss her! Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I knew her to be a kind hearted, wonderful person. Respectfully, Tim Cash

Stephanie Caldwell Sep 12 ,2021

Former supervisor ,Kansas City ,Missouri

In remembrance of Dawn, I had the opportunity to work with her in 2016 when I moved over to Overland Park. Dawn was instrumental with helping to train and mentor fellow co-workers on the team and received an award in recognition of all her hard work. Dawn was a caring, intelligent, sassy, and talented lady who could make some magnificent Powerpoint slides in a jiffy for training thanks to her prior experience as a Corporate trainer for Sprint. Dawn, thank you for sharing all of the great stories about your family and your beloved lil doggies. Dawn loved them all immensely and was very proud of both her daughters accomplishments. Thank you for reaching out over the holidays. Her fur babies got the best life thanks to Dawn. You will be missed! With prayers and deep sympathy for your family at this difficult time. Always, Steph

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