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Dawn Ellen Miller Palmer
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“Such tragic news. Dawn was full of life and never missed an opportunity to live it to the fullest. You are missed and will always be remembered for...Read More »
1 of 80 | Posted by: JoAnne MacCauley - Rising Sun, MD, MD

“My Prayers our with Dawn's Parents, children and Friends. I had the Honor to know Dawn in her younger years will Dawn and My Daughter became very...Read More »
2 of 80 | Posted by: Debbie Robinson Slayman Cline - AL

“Dawn, It seems like just yesterday that we met through out kids and became friends. I will always remember you for your beautiful smile and warm,...Read More »
3 of 80 | Posted by: alison benjamin - rising sun, MD

“You are always in my heart! I will miss you! ”
4 of 80 | Posted by: Kim Loman - Rising Sun, MD

“My Dearest Dawn,Words escape me-your time on this earth was far too short. The Lord above needed you more. As we mourn your loss-it's comforting to...Read More »
5 of 80 | Posted by: Rhonda - Elkton, MD - friend

“Dawn, This still does not feel real! I can't understand why you are gone at such a young age and why you had to go through this, but no one will ever...Read More »
6 of 80 | Posted by: Courtney (Harvey) Gerres

“My Blessing go out to Dawn children. Ur mom was one Special Person .I remeber Dawn from many years ago .when she was just starting out .as a hair...Read More »
7 of 80 | Posted by: Andtew Mowbray - Rising Sun, MD

“Dear Ruth, So deeply sorry for your loss. When I read about Dawns passing I had such a flashback memory of you and your beautiful daughters. We...Read More »
8 of 80 | Posted by: Lee Groeber - Warwick, MD

“Dawn it was devastating to hear of your passing at such a young age. I will forever remember the fun we had in elementary school as well as...Read More »
9 of 80 | Posted by: Cara Kennedy - Calabash, NC

“Everyone who knew Dawn was truly blessed. She was always smiling and so upbeat. I remember having long hair to the middle of my back and she...Read More »
10 of 80 | Posted by: Amanda Vicars - rising sun, MD

“Dawn, The last time I saw you was about a month ago when you cut Nick's mop. He was so mad that we ignored his instructions for just a "trim". I...Read More »
11 of 80 | Posted by: Amy Stritzinger-Sadler - MD

“Ruthie.... I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter!! You & your family are in my prayers. God bless you.... Pam ”
12 of 80 | Posted by: Pam Shore - Minneola, FL

“so sorry to hear, I didn't personally know you only met you once or twice in the past you must have been one sweetheart of a person because you made...Read More »
13 of 80 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gischel - MD

“I am sorry to hear of Dawn's passing and send my condolences to her entire family. ”
14 of 80 | Posted by: Tim Gochnour - Newark, DE

“Dawn just thinking back to all the prom/homecoming's you did for my two girls. Doing Katie entire wedding party's hair/make up and than coming to the...Read More »
15 of 80 | Posted by: Lisa Webb - Nottingham, PA

“Dawn was a beautiful person, inside and out. I will cherish all of our childhood memories, from when we were little playing "people" out in the sand...Read More »
16 of 80 | Posted by: Fran Rodgers - Elkton, MD

“Dawn, I will never forget you or the great times we shared at your salon. I was so excited the last time you did my hair. I can remember thinking...Read More »
17 of 80 | Posted by: Teresa Kerchevale - RISING SUN, MD

“I just sat at my computer reading thru all of these beautiful memory's of Dawn. Dawn was a wonderful person who deserved to live a long happy life....Read More »
18 of 80 | Posted by: Elizabeth Huff-Church - MD

“Dawn - You have always had a special place in my heart and always will. I will never forgett all the goofy things that we did together and all the...Read More »
19 of 80 | Posted by: Michele Hamilton - Rising Sun, MD

“Dawn, we will miss you greatly. May peace be with your family. Remembering you always - Trish, Kenny & Sasha ”
20 of 80 | Posted by: The Eyerly's - Arnold, MD

“I remember Dawn in school, after gym class, all the time she had hairspray and a cordless butane curling iron that we all wanted to use and she would...Read More »
21 of 80 | Posted by: Hollie Brand - Hebron, MD

“dear Dawn its was just like yesterday you was doing my hair for prom and homecoming i will miss those days and i will miss you ”
22 of 80 | Posted by: lyndsey m montgomery - rising sun, MD

“I will miss the way Dawn laughed as we talked about the stuff we did in high school. I was blessed to have known such a beautiful person. You were...Read More »
23 of 80 | Posted by: Tammy Howell - Rising Sun, MD

“Megan, Nick and Maddie your mother was one of the best people I have ever met. Have peace knowing how much she loved all of you and was always there...Read More »
24 of 80 | Posted by: Linda Pierson - Rising Sun, MD

“It was an honor to be apart of Dawn's life, even if it was in her last days, to be able to care for such loving individual at such a difficult time ...Read More »
25 of 80 | Posted by: Beth A Coulter,RN - MD

“My prayers go out to your familey dawn was a great girl and awesome person and will be greatly missed ”
26 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Blakeley - Covington, GA

“I first met Dawn about 10 years ago when I worked at the County Bank now PNC in Rising Sun. I loved her smile and her laugh everytime she would come...Read More »
27 of 80 | Posted by: Karen - Newark, DE - Friend

“What does one say at a time like this except that Dawn was a wonderful person and a great mom and will be sadly missed. Our hearts and prayers are...Read More »
28 of 80 | Posted by: Crystal and Evan Felty - MD

“Dawn your passion and fire were taken from us way to soon. Through the years your smile has never faded and fight for life never wavered! I love that...Read More »
29 of 80 | Posted by: Lanette Bowman - North East, MD

“I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I knew her in school and so did my brother Peter. I have been gone so long from Rising Sun that I don't get to...Read More »
30 of 80 | Posted by: Franni Anglero - Kingsport, TN

“Dear Dawn ,It seems like a dream , a bad one that wont go away . 34 years of knowing you was a blessing a privilege , your smile ,your sweetness,...Read More »
31 of 80 | Posted by: Colleen Harkins - Rsing Sun, MD

“I don't know Dawn personally but I know of her and her well established salon in Rising Sun. I know of a couple of her clients and have met her once....Read More »
32 of 80 | Posted by: Maggie - Port deposit, MD

“The world has lost somone so full of life. We are sorry does not even begin to cover how we feel in your passing. You will be deeply missed. ”
33 of 80 | Posted by: Wayne ,Lisa, & Kenzie Ferster - MD

“So sorry to hear of her passing. Anything my family can do please let us know.s ”
34 of 80 | Posted by: Sherrie Forrester-Rodriguez - MD

“Dawn smile and her kindness will be miss so dearly I remember meeting her for the first time at Sally beauty supply and we found out that our homes...Read More »
35 of 80 | Posted by: Denikos family - Rising sun, MD

“To a wonderful person who lost her life at a young age. We surely will miss you. ”
36 of 80 | Posted by: nadine smith marston , andy marston - MD

“Thinking and praying to all who knew Dawn. We all loved her and especially she loved all of us. We all have our very special fond memories of Dawn...Read More »
37 of 80 | Posted by: Karen & Bobby Whiteoak and family - MD

“I am so sorry for the loss of Dawn she was one of our most loved customers at Sally Beauty Supply in Aberdeen md words can not even begin to tell...Read More »
38 of 80 | Posted by: Briggitte Deniko - Rising sun, MD

“Dawn was such an inspiration to so many - A wonderful woman who was taken from this earth too soon. I will miss you Dawn - God bless you and your...Read More »
39 of 80 | Posted by: Jennifer Howell - PA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family & friends. ”
40 of 80 | Posted by: Tom Chinski

“My prayers go out to the family. May god bless and watch over her children. There is no sadder loss than that of a parent for children. I am in...Read More »
41 of 80 | Posted by: Penny Saeger - houston, TX

“So many memories, most of which we locked away so that our parents never found out LOL! I'll NEVER forget camping with your family in Western MD all...Read More »
42 of 80 | Posted by: Heather G. - Port Deposit, MD

“I'm so sorry to hear of Dawn's passing. Her children and family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
43 of 80 | Posted by: Erica Ellis-Eldreth - Elkton, MD

“The loss of you seems so unreal. You were a great friend and mother. I still think about the time I walked in the salon you looked at me and said you...Read More »
44 of 80 | Posted by: Stephanie Ragan - Port Deposit, MD

“I will never forget your beautiful face and smile!!!!! When I met you, you were about 4 years old. The funniest memory I have of you, is when you...Read More »
45 of 80 | Posted by: Donna Harvey - north east, MD

“So beautiful - inside and out. I will miss you. May God comfort your children and family. ”
46 of 80 | Posted by: Penny Hamilton - Rising Sun, MD

“The void I'm feeling as I look out my office window and your car is not there. Remember, I'm the nosey salon neighbor that would text or call you if...Read More »
47 of 80 | Posted by: Joyce Ragan - Rising Sun, MD

“Dear Dawn, You were such a beautiful and funny person. I had only been a customer for 6 months but you always made me feel good with your smile. I...Read More »
48 of 80 | Posted by: Richard Unger - Rising Sun

“The sadness and aching in our hearts is profound. I will forever remember you as a wonderful mother, strong willed and full of life. I pray that...Read More »
49 of 80 | Posted by: Karen Brooks - Friend

“Megan - I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. I know how close you were with your mom and how much she meant to you. My heart goes out to...Read More »
50 of 80 | Posted by: Amy Crockett & Family - MD

“So very sorry to hear of Dawn's passing. Her smiling face will be missed at the bus stop every morning. Thoughts and prayers to Maddie and Dawn's...Read More »
51 of 80 | Posted by: Theresa Jackson - Rising Sun, MD

“May you rest in peace Dawn. ”
52 of 80 | Posted by: Theresa Jackson - Rising Sun, MD

“To my forever friend and her family. You will forever be missed. Your laughter and friendship, the love for your children and family as well as...Read More »
53 of 80 | Posted by: Lorie Flechsig - Rising Sun, MD

“Calvin please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you. Always, Doug ”
54 of 80 | Posted by: doug shelley - north east, MD

“The world has lost somone so full of life. We are sorry does not even begin to cover how we feel in your passing. You will be deeply missed. ”
55 of 80 | Posted by: Wayne, Lisa, & Kenzie Ferster - MD

“Dear Dawn; From the first day you cut my hair, to our kids playing together, to coloring a piece of our hair purple to support you the first time of...Read More »
56 of 80 | Posted by: Chris Lucas - Rising Sun, MD

“Dawn was my friend, hairstylist, & Breast Cancer Survivor Sister. She always made me smile & always gave me a hug before I left her shop. She loved...Read More »
57 of 80 | Posted by: Charlotte Keys - Rising Sun, MD

“Dawn, this is so hard for me. I loved you so much and loved visiting you at your hair salon. You always made me laugh and were just so damn funny. ...Read More »
58 of 80 | Posted by: Tracy Cullum - Rising Sun, MD

“Dawn, I will never forget you beautiful smile and the way you made me laugh at life. I will miss you so much. First a client, then a dear friend....Read More »
59 of 80 | Posted by: Joann Testerman - Nottingham, PA

“So many great childhood memories are coming back to me that Keri & I shared with her big sis. You all are in my thoughts and i'm so sorry for you...Read More »
60 of 80 | Posted by: Sara Frock

“I can't remember ever entering Dawn's beauty salon and not being greeted by her wonderful smile and a big hello. She made you feel like you weren't...Read More »
61 of 80 | Posted by: Sandee Miller - North East, MD

“Dawn may you forever rest in the peace of heaven. I will miss you and so will Ty, Isa and Noah!! Love the Baker Family. ”
62 of 80 | Posted by: Jaime Baker - Rising Sun, MD

“Dawn, your death has left me numb. Ive known you for so many years! I was planning on having another purple party like we did last time you battled...Read More »
63 of 80 | Posted by: Tammy Patrick - Rising Sun, MD

“So very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person. ”
64 of 80 | Posted by: Kimberly Russell - Charlestown, MD

“I will miss you and your smile ”
65 of 80 | Posted by: Barry Howell

“To think I will never see you or talk to you again lays heavy on my shoulders. You are one of the most exuberant people I have ever met. A role...Read More »
66 of 80 | Posted by: Chrissy - Nottinham, PA - friend

“Dawn your bright smile and laughter wil be greatly missed. I do not understand why you were taken so young. God must have needed you more. You were...Read More »
67 of 80 | Posted by: lisa - nottingham, PA - friend

“You will be dearly missed. Heaven has certainly gained another angel. <3 ”
68 of 80 | Posted by: Wendy Husfelt - Elkton, MD

“Dawn I could always count on you to brighten up the day, and make me laugh! I had not visited with you in quite awhile, but will never forget you...Read More »
69 of 80 | Posted by: Linda Yale - Conowingo, MD

“WHAT A GREAT GIRL , WE WERE SO SAD TO HEAR --- WHAT CAN WE SAY BUT YOU WERE LOVED SO MUCH ; WE WILL MISS YOU LOVE EARL AND DOTTIE ”
70 of 80 | Posted by: EARL & DOTTIE HUFF - FL

“So sorry to hear of Dawn's passing...she was a dear person, extremely devoted to her children and their happiness. May God bless her young family...Read More »
71 of 80 | Posted by: Jen and John Bossle - North East, MD

“To my dear friend Dawn. There are so many memories. So many weekends spent on the water or just hanging out at your house or mine playing UNO. Road...Read More »
72 of 80 | Posted by: Kelly Logue - Rising Sun, MD

“Where does one begin? Dawn was not just my hairdresser. She became a very close friend .I have so many fond memories...meeting her children that she...Read More »
73 of 80 | Posted by: anna brooks

“Dawn was beautiful person. My thoughts are with her family. ”
74 of 80 | Posted by: Nichole Richardson Duckworth - MD

“Dawn was a very nice person and friendly. She will be truly missed. My prayers are with her family ”
75 of 80 | Posted by: Pam Janney - Rising Sun, MD

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
76 of 80 | Posted by: Brenda Maynard , Evelyn and Michael Basham - MD

“Dawn: You will be missed by all who knew you. I will surely miss you at the shop. My thoughts and prayers go to your family - especially your...Read More »
77 of 80 | Posted by: Janet Byington - Port Deposit, MD

“To Mattie your mommy is in heaven. She will alaways watch over you sweetie.Love you Trish.... ”
78 of 80 | Posted by: trish little - elkton, MD

“Dawn was a lovely wonderful woman! She will be greatly missed! I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
79 of 80 | Posted by: Lena Gulick - Oxford, PA - friend

“To the Miller Family: We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all and Dawn's children at this time! ”
80 of 80 | Posted by: Ron Reese and Family - Rising Sun, MD


Dawn E. Miller Palmer, 39, of Rising Sun, MD passed away April 26, 2013 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Born in Elkton, MD on May 4, 1973, Dawn was the daughter of the Calvin C. Miller and Ruth Forrester. A 1991 graduate of Rising Sun High School, Dawn became a hair stylist upon graduating and worked for various salons before opening The Whole Sha-Bang Salon which she owned and operated for the past 9 years. She was totally devoted to her children who were her world. An avid Baltimore Ravens fan, Dawn loved the water, boating and spending time at the beach, and most recently spent a vacation at Cancun. People will always remember her smile that would light up a room. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Megan and Nicholas Palmer and Madyson Smith; her sister Keri Young of St. Cloud, FL; grandmother Nola Forrester; an aunt Ruth Price and her beloved fiancé Guy Butz of Rising Sun. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Janet Miller.
A service honoring her life will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911 on Thursday May 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family may call at the funeral home Wednesday May 1 from 2-4 or 6-8 pm, or one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Rosebank Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Dawn's Pride, a fund for her children c/o the funeral home.