Ave L. ‘Pinky’ Rawdon

LEWISTOWN – Our mother, Ave L. Rawdon, nicknamed “Pinky” by her late husband, Dr. Robert E. Rawdon, passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Pinky was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Philadelphia to William F. and Mary McCarthy Little.

Pinky graduated from Abington High School in 1939 and from Chestnut Hill College in 1943 with a bachelors degree in psychology.

She then entered the Navy WAVES, trained at Smith College and Mt. Holyoke as an Ensign in Communications, earning LTJG rank.

Pinky’s first husband, whom she wed in 1944, Lt. Nicholas Vozzy, was a P-51 fighter pilot in World War II and was shot down over Holland in 1944 after only six months of marriage.

She met her second husband, Bob Rawdon, MD, while in the Navy and they married in 1947. They were discharged from the Navy in 1948 and lived in Ohio and Indianapolis before moving to Lewistown, where he practiced as an ENT at Lewistown Hospital from 1951 until his death in 1982. They raised their three daughters in Reedsville.

In addition to her husband, Pinky’s dear sister, Claire Marie Burton, of Philadelphia, preceded her in death in 2010.

Pinky is survived by: her daughters, Robin O. Rawdon and husband, Mike Eppley, Christie Adams, and Toby R. May and husband, Pete; three grandchildren Natalie Adams, Pete Jr. and Zary May; and three great-grandchildren, Sienna, Brooklyn and Declan May.

Over the years Pinky volunteered with many community organizations. She was a member of the Mifflin-Juniata Medical Society, American Red Cross, Mifflin-Juniata Mental Health Association, the Mifflin County Library Literacy Program and was the office coordinator for the Community Nursing Service for 12 years. She also volunteered at the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging for 18 years.

She spent hours in her beloved garden where peonies and irises reigned. She was a voracious reader, loved swimming and was a regular at the Juniata Valley YMCA in Burnham.

Pinky dearly loved Mifflin County and the wonderful people who live here and felt it was the perfect place to raise her family. We thank all those who touched and enriched Pinky’s life in so many ways.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Rawdon home. A private celebration of Pinky’s life will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience.

Pinky requested no formal arrangements following her death.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110 or the Mifflin Juniata Area Agency on Aging, 249 W. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.