Dawna Marie

March 22, 1953 - November 20, 2018

Dawna Marie of Cadillac passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at her home. She was 65. Dawna was born on March 22, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Vernon & Veronica (Bida) McKinley and they preceded her in death.

Dawna graduated from East Detroit High School and at the age of 19 she moved to the Cadillac area. For over 40 years her career was in television and radio advertising sales working in the Cadillac area for Fox 33 and several of the local radio stations including most recently, B103.9, 107.9 CDY and 107.1 The Drive. She loved doing what she did and would say “I have a party everyday”.

Dawna Marie was an active part of the Cadillac community, was an Ambassador with the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and had just recently been named Ambassador of the year. Also with the Chamber, she was a member of the Leads group and was a member of SNAG. She enjoyed playing cards, hosting parties, spending time with family and friends, baking, cooking and loving on her dog, Misty.

Survivors include her daughters: Teeya (Jesse) Bugard and Tara (Brandon) Horton all of Cadillac; grandchildren: Arianna Horning, Colton Knoch and Sebastian Horton; a sister, Lynda Gallia of Las Vegas and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Vernon McKinley and Tammy “Eric” McKinley.

A celebration of life party will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Eldorado’s Cadillac Grill from 5-9 PM. There will be no formal service; guests will have the opportunity to share stories. Memorial contributions may be made to family. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.


Guest Book

Kim Garrow - Nov 25th, 2018 1:13 pm

"Love you and miss you tremendously already! Rest easy!!! ♥️♥️♥️"

Kristina Marr - Nov 25th, 2018 2:15 pm

"She was always so nice to me over the years. Teeya and Tara went to school with me. Dawna always treated me like one of the kids."

Arianna Horning - Nov 25th, 2018 7:03 pm

"I’ll never stop missing you Grandma. "

Lois Salvas - Nov 26th, 2018 5:53 am

"Dawna Marie you were an amazing woman and will be missed by so many who loved you.You welcomed me into your family as Arianna's teacher and the began a friendship. We had lots of fun times! Playing cards, eating your delicious meals, learning Sign Language and just being crazy silly. I'm sure you will be having a great celebration wherever you may be!!! Rest in peace Dawna Marie. X"

Lois & Maree - Nov 26th, 2018 6:07 am

"Our deepest condolences Teeya & Tara. We are so very sorry for your great loss. Our love and thoughts are with you at this time. We wish we could be there for the celebration of Dawna Marie's life. XX"

ELSIE MOORE - Nov 26th, 2018 9:01 am

"Teeya and Tara and Family, so sorry for your loss. She was a special kind of lady. Peace."

Jessica Knoch - Nov 26th, 2018 10:45 am

"Dawna was like a second mother to me. She truly will be missed. I love you Teeya and Tara and am so sorry for your loss."

Karen and Gary Maury - Nov 27th, 2018 2:00 pm

"So very sorry for your lost Tara. Tour mama was such an amazing woman!! We love you very much."

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