A Celebration of Life Service for Dawn Naig of Emmetsburg was held Saturday, April 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Dawn Sewell Naig, daughter of Augusta Maine (Sewell) Parish Church and John Charles Parish was born Aug. 7, 1928 in Palo Alto County in Emmetsburg. Dawn was called "Red" by many of the relatives. She was given this nickname by her Grandfather when she was a baby. She was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School.
On Aug. 30, 1953, Dawn was united in marriage to Obed Naig at the First Congregational Church in Emmetsburg. The couple made their home on the family farm (now a century farm) near Depew.
Dawn was involved in many church and community organizations. She volunteered her time and talents as a caregiver to many. She loved music, cooking, baking, sewing and handwork. She made many dolls, painting them and sewing all of their clothes. She loved to visit and host friends at her home, but more than anything, she treasured her entire family - husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and she was a founding member of the Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary and the Palo Alto County Historical Society. She spent much of her adult life volunteering for organizations which promoted Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County.
On Monday, March 27, 2017, Dawn passed away at the Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Obed of Emmetsburg; two daughters: Marit and her husband, Dr. Frank Veltri of Emmetsburg and Angela Hetrick of Cylinder; son, Bert Naig and his wife, Julie of Cylinder; sister, Autumn "Bing" and her husband, Virgil Plume; sister-in-law, Virginia and her husband, Harlan Holstad; six grand- children: Carlo Veltri (Christa), Joe Veltri (Anna), Julia Noonan (Maury), Alicia Day (Dedric), Amy Ritchie (Andy) and Karen Frank (Spenser); nine great-grandchildren: Ally, Alana, Ryan, Micah, Matthew, Ephram, Callan, Warren and Mary; and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives and friends.
Dawn was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: John Parish and his wife, Alberta and Eldon Parish; sister, Virginia Parish; and her son-in-law, Butch Hetrick; brother-in-law, Rev. Harold Naig and his wife, Jeanette.