Mae Dawn Egger was born Sept. 30, 1921, near Llano, Texas, to Robertson Levi and Alla Mae Poole. Her two brothers, Joe Matt Poole and Robertson Levi “Junior” Poole, were born soon thereafter.
During her childhood, her family moved around central Texas, where her father found work as a carpenter. In 1933, during the Great Depression, the family moved from Texas to Arkansas to homestead and farm their own property.
In 1938, Mae Dawn married Naaman Egger in Highland, Arkansas, and the following year, their son, Tommy Gwain, arrived. Three years later, their son, Irwin Lee was born. Gary Naaman was born in 1948.
Mae Dawn moved to California in 1943 when her husband, Naaman, and his brother, Aaron, moved their sawmill from Arkansas to Confidence, California, to cut timber for the war effort.
Through the 1950s, she worked and raised her family. In 1960, she started working in the cafeteria at Twain Harte Elementary School, where she worked until her retirement as cafeteria manager in 1981.
Mae Dawn and Naaman traveled extensively in their RV during their retirement. They spent several winters in the warm weather of Southern California to escape to cold winters at their home in Sugar Pine, where they had lived since 1946. Mae
Dawn and Naaman were married for over 68 years.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, playing games (especially dominos) and painting. Spending time with family brought her the greatest joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Naaman, in 2006, and her son, Tommy, in 2011.
Mae Dawn is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ernie and Mary L. Egger, Gary and Kathy Egger, and Florence Egger. She also leaves seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services were already held.