Dawnett Jane Doughty Mendrop
Dawnett Jane Doughty Mendrop, 57, lost a long and courageous battle with cancer April 17, 2009, in Grand Junction.Dawnett was born March 27, 1952, in Denver, to Donald Gilbert and Jane Eilane Johnson Doughty.Dawnett graduated from Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, in 1970, and became a certified respiratory therapist working at Penrose Hospital.She and her husband Chris Griffin Mendrop moved to Denver in 1975. While in Denver, Dawnett worked for Van Schaack Realty and became the first womens club champion of Arrowhead Golf Club.Dawnett moved to Grand Junction in 1982. Dawnett was the station manager for Sky West Airlines and most recently a lease operator for EnCana Corp. until June 2008. Dawnett asked her family acknowledge the tremendous support she received from EnCana and her associates during her illness.Dawnett loved horses and the outdoors, and over a span of 25 years traveled a large portion of the 500-mile Colorado Trail by horseback. Her passion for living, love of her family, and exuberant personality brought joy and inspiration to all who knew her. Her passing leaves a hole in their lives, and she will be greatly missed.She is survived by her mother; sisters Kathy Doughty Sparks and Gwena Doughty Eller; sons Christian Donald Mendrop and Matthew Burton Mendrop; daughter Nicole Golden (Michael) Mendrop Tobey; and grandsons Marshel and Wyatt. Dawnett was preceded in death by her father.In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506; or the Friends of Horses Rescue and Adoption, 6351 S. Peoria St., Englewood, CO (303) 649-1155. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Callahan Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road in Grand Junction.
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