Gayla Dawne Staheli Hannig

Gayla Dawne Hannig passed away on February 4, 2020 as the result of a fall.  Dawne was born on November 1, 1939 in Fillmore, Utah to Evelyn Martin and Emery Ferron Ivie. She spent her early years in Scipio, Utah near her grandparents, playing with her sisters.  When Dawne was 15 her family moved to St. George, and she remained in Southern Utah for the remainder of her life. Soon after moving to St. George, Dawne met Stan Staheli of Washington City.  They were married on June 29,1957 and sealed in the St. George Temple a few years later. After spending many wonderful years together, Stan passed away from cancer at the age of 49. Several years after Stan’s death, Dawne became reacquainted with Douglas Hannig, a friend from her youth, and they were married in 1994.

Dawne loved living in St. George and remembered her school years as some of the best of her life.  She attended Woodward and Dixie High School where she made many lifelong friends. While in school she was a cheerleader and class officer, car hopped at the Dairy Queen, and was voted “Popular Girl” by her classmates.

She raised her family in Washington City, where she had many friends and was a cherished part of the community.  Dawne was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her family most and never hesitated to tell them. She also loved people, and it was often difficult to pull her away from a conversation when she ran into someone and started visiting.  Among other things, Dawne will be remembered for her kindness and genuine interest in others, her positive and fun personality, and her unconditional love. She will also be remembered for pressing forward in the midst of adversity, and for her clean house.

Dawne touched many lives as an Elementary School Secretary for over 15 years.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and served in many callings throughout her life but will be most remembered for the years she spent leading the music in Primary.

Dawne is survived by her husband Doug, sons Kory (Kari) Staheli of Pleasant Grove, and Kole (Suzy) and Kress (Lynette) Staheli, both of Washington City, 16 Grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by two sisters, Myrlene Lytle and Geri (Cliff) Phillips, and her brother, Kurt Ivie. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion Stan, her son Kip, her parents, her sister Tamra (Mike) Cannon, and her granddaughter Madison Sweitzer.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, and Monday, February 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to services.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 10th, 11:00 a.m. at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 259 N. Mall Dr., St. George, Utah. Interment will be at the Washington City Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.Family and friends are invited to sign her online guestbook at



5:00 to 7:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 a.m.


11:00 am


February 9, 2020
Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT
February 10, 2020
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
259 N. Mall Dr., St. George, Utah


12:00 pm
Washington City Cemetery
300 E Park View Dr, Washington, UT 84780

Guest Book

13 Responses

  1. Our love and prayers for all of the loved ones of this Wonderful Woman! We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Growing up I thought Gayla Dawn was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was vivacious, warm and kind, and I never saw her without a smile on her face. My condolences to all who loved her.

  3. Our sympathy to the Staheli and Hannig family. We knew Stan & Gayla Dawn and their boys when we were all young and our boys were growing up in Washington also. Dawn was always a great friend. She was always willing to stop and see how you were doing. Dawn we will miss you. Love Verden & Joyce Hannig

  4. What fond memories I have of Gayla Dawn. She was always so kind to me. May her family find peace & comfort during this time.

  5. Lots of great memories growing up in Washington City and only a couple of blocks away from Stan & Gayla Dawn. She was always so good to us kids. She will truly be missed.

  6. Gayla Dawne was always so kind to me! I especially enjoyed our time when I was her visiting teacher. Whenever I see tiny shoes, I think of her! I’m so glad to have known her!

  7. To all Dawne’s family; I am so sad and sorry for your loss. She was a special lady and always had a smile and kind word for everyone she met. She was loved by everyone, just like her wonderful kids! I used to babysit Kip, Kory and Kole (before Kress} and loved you guys then and now. we are out of town and were unable to come, but my heart was with you.

  8. To each of Dawn’s wonderful family, we are so sad and sorry for the loss of your mother, sister, grandma and friend. She was a lovely lady, always smiling and a kind word for everyone. She leaves a grand legacy and I know she is so proud of all you. I feel awful about not being there, but we were out of town. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Wish I was there to give you hugs in person. Love you

  9. Gayla dawne was a sweet lady and a fierce “tiger mom”. She was fun and delightful and was blessed with many talents. Our family sends our deepest sympathy to all her family at this time.

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