Dawn  Cain
On June 1, 1951, Mary Dawneve Knollenberg was born the third of four siblings, to Eloise Idell Wallace Knollenberg (Granmma Leachie to all of us) and William "Bill" Knollenberg in Humboldt, Illinois. In the '60s, when Dawn was a teenager, the girls began making their home in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dawn graduated from Tahlequah High School. Also, around that time, Dawn married Perry Cain and they had a daughter, Christie Eloise.

Later, Dawn became a meter maid. In fact, she was the last meter maid for the city of Tahlequah. Following that, Dawn attended Northeastern State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology. While attending NSU, Dawn got a work study job in the Office of Admissions on campus. After a couple of years, she landed the position of receptionist in the same office. Over the years she moved up in rank until retiring a few years ago as the director of admissions. It was during those working years that Dawn met her longtime boyfriend, Dave.

Dawn enjoyed her admissions office positions, especially working with the foreign or "special" students and teaching an orientation class each semester. She also advised many students on how to go about obtaining their degree of choice.

In her personal time, Dawn enjoyed working in her gardens and spending time with those she cared about. Most every year, she hosted "the girls float" where only females floated Baron Fork Creek on air mats. She and Dave regularly floated and fished together on that same and other creeks. Dawn loved to spend time with her family, especially those grand and great-grandkids. For a number of years she was involved with the Democratic Women's Party. And she loved Judge Judy so much that Judy's last day on the air was also Dawn's last day with us!

Dawn found humor in most things - even if it wasn't funny. She was kind and loving to the point that any critters or bugs that she found inside the house, she would catch in a towel and throw outside. She may have killed a few annoying flies buzzing around, but that was it! Ever!

Dawn was preceded in death by her father; her mother; her brother, Ron; her sister, Susan; nephews, Aaron and Wayne Cunningham; and her granddaughter, Ashley Dawn McGowin.

She leaves behind her companion of 30-some-odd years, David Boswell, of the home place; a daughter, Christie Eloise Vaughn, of Tahlequah; grandsons, Skyler McGowin, and his mate Mikaela, of Wichita, Kansas, and Heath Vaughn and his lady, Hannah, also of Wichita; and granddaughters, Amelia McGowin and her love La-Quita, of Wichita, Patience Vaughn of Oklahoma City, and Charity Vaughn and her significant other Myron, of Wichita. Also left behind are great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a plethora of other friends and loved ones. Dawn will be greatly missed!

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Ron Rice Ave.; 918-458-5055.
Published on March 10, 2020


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Debbie Wise Neal
Mar 11, 2020
Chrissy and family, My first memory of Dawn is her pushing you in a stroller - dropping you off at your grandmothers while mom dropped me off at the Jr High. We all came to know and love Dawn thru her friendship with my sister Exie. To this day I get a chuckle remembering those two as meter maids in their uniforms and Cushman cars. Dawn was a special person and one that I will remember as always wearing a smile. You are all in our thoughts.