Dawn P. Howard


In Loving

Dawn P. Howard

May 3, 1965 – July 15, 2022

Dawn V. Howard, 57, of Sandy Hook, VA passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

She is survived by her husband, D. Wayne Howard; her father, William E. “Bill” Pickhardt; her mother and best friend, Minnie S. Irwin (Russ); her special uncle, Nattie Strong (Shirley); numerous cousins; extended family members; and many friends. Her feline companions, Buddie and Purry, will miss her.

Dawn was a people person who never met a stranger and touched many lives.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 22 at Lacy Funeral Home on Rt. 522 in Mineral with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Louisa County Animal Shelter, 18 Sacred Heart Ave, Mineral, VA 23117; or the Goochland County Animal Shelter, 190 Hidden Rock Lane, Maidens, VA 23102.



Lacy Funeral Home


Friday, July 22, 2022


10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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Funeral Service


Lacy Funeral Home


Friday, July 22, 2022


11:00 a.m.

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Committal Service


Spring Grove Cemetery


Friday, July 22, 2022


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  1. Betty & Bobby Moody July 19, 2022 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to Wayne, Minnie, Russ and all of Dawn’s family. We will miss Dawn’s smile and her outgoing personality. She was always there to help out anyone when they needed anything. I know that heaven has a very special place for her and would guess that she is playing with some of her kitties that have already gone before her. She was indeed one of a kind.

  2. Mark Monson July 20, 2022 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I was blessed to meet and get to know Dawn when I was a member of the Louisa County Industrial Development Authority and Dawn was the Louisa airport manager. Dawn was truly a special person. She had the gift to make others feel good about themselves. Although I haven’t seen Dawn for a number of years, I always have fond memories of her. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

  3. Sue Talley July 20, 2022 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Dawn”s passing. She was an amazing person. She was a pleasure to be around and always had a big beautiful smile. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to her family.

  4. Betty Shifflett July 20, 2022 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Dawn. Minnie you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Teresa (Wood) Conley July 20, 2022 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about Dawn’s illness and passing. She and I went all the way through school together and periodically ran into each other into adulthood. She was a big, bright personality – always ready to cheer you on with her infectious smile. Thinking of you Ms. Irwin and the rest of Dawn’s family and lifting all in prayers for peace and comfort.

  6. Dianna Carter July 20, 2022 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Please accept my condolence.
    I will keep you in our prayers
    Ernest&Dianna Carter

  7. Donna Spitzer July 20, 2022 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Dawn was such a special friend and amazing person when we worked together. She had a heart of gold and wanted to help everyone. My condolences to her family ❤️

  8. Donnie Nunnally July 20, 2022 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to the family.

  9. Linda Epps July 20, 2022 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Minnie I’m so sorry. You and the family in our prayers.

    Clarence Carter and Linda Epps

  10. Gayle Harper July 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Will keep the memory of this kind, sweet, loving & encouraging soul in my heart for a long time. She had such a wonderful smile & made me feel so welcome in her presence. God’s blessings to all her family, especially her sweet Mama.

  11. Dale Shiflett July 20, 2022 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Minnie & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn was friendly to everyone, and will be missed by many. May God comfort each of you and give the needed strength to celebrate a life well lived. With hugs and prayers, Dale

  12. Yvonne Kot July 21, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. I met her while I was working in Louisa and she truly became a good friend. We had many laughs together. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends.

  13. Carolyn Sims July 21, 2022 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Minnie, We are so sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. Dawn was such a sweet lady. Whenever I saw her she had a big smile and kind words. I know your heart is broken. Love and Prayers, Carolyn

  14. Ray Conlon July 23, 2022 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I knew Dawn from working with her at the airport, she was indeed a people person, always with a smile and ready to help so many people in so many ways. I will always remember her fondly, the world is a better place because of her bright spirit.

    Ray Conlon

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