Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Margaret Winters Dawes, known as "Poogie," died unexpectedly at her home April 14, 2006. She was 55.
Poogie was born Dec. 7, 1950, in New York City. She grew up in Rumson, N.J.
She attended Elmhurst Convent of the Sacred Heart in Portsmouth, R.I., for a year before returning home to finish high school at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.
After graduation from high school, she attended Marymount Junior College in Washington, D.C., for two years and then transferred to the University of Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Russian literature.
She moved to Steamboat in 1974. She met and married her husband, Steve Dawes, in Steamboat.
Through her many volunteer and philanthropic activities, Poogie touched the lives of everyone in the community of Steamboat Springs. She was active in many fundraising efforts, including helping to raise funds for the construction of Yampa Valley Medical Center and the expansion of Howelsen Ice Arena. She took particular interest in the lives and well-being of the youths of Steamboat, spending countless hours volunteering in youth sports and in Steamboat schools. Poogie will be remembered for her friendships, her enthusiasm for life, her generous and giving spirit and her sincere desire to make Steamboat a better place. She truly embodied the spirit of "giving back to your community."
Poogie is survived by her husband of 18 years, Steve; her two sons, Jeff and Matt; her mother, Peggy Winters Everett of Rumson, N.J.; her sisters, Anne Maguire of Monmouth Beach, N.J., Lulu Hallenbeck of Laguna Hills, Calif., and E.E. White of Lincoln, Mass.; four nieces; five nephews; a grandnephew; and a grandniece.
Poogie leaves behind numerous friends and a legacy of community contribution and involvement. She was one of life's truly nice people, and she will be greatly missed.
A scholarship fund in Poogie's name has been established at First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. Contributions may be made to the "Poogie Dawes Memorial Scholarship Fund" at P.O. Box 775770, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Contributions to this fund are tax-deductible.
Services and a ceremony celebrating her life were held April 20, 2006, at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Former Holy Name Parish Pastor, Msgr. Tom Dentici, and Concordia Lutheran Pastor Dave McKnight performed the services.