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Rachel Lee Dawson Biagi
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1923
Death: Sep. 15, 1995

Rachel Dawson Biagi, 72, died here Friday. Her husband, Vincent, survives. Funeral, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Church of the Annunciation. Visitation at Shannon Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Sunday and after 3 p.m. Monday.

Rachel Biagi was named Mother of the Year 10 years ago by the Shelby County Woman's Club. The honor recognized her for rearing six children plus bringing public awareness to hundreds of other children who were classified "mentally retarded." Mrs. Biagi's own daughter, Sara, has Down's Syndrome and Mrs. Biagi wanted the best resources for her daughter and others like her. Through her efforts, dreams came true and talents were in the spotlight. Those dreams and talents were remembered this week as Rachel Lee Dawson Biagi, 72, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 12, 1995, at her home on Magnolia Avenue. It was Mrs. Biagi's dream to form the Shelby County Council for Retarded Children and to create a group home for people who were mentally challenged. The number-one drawback was money, but that only challenged Mrs. Biagi to raise it and she did. She single-handedly recruited Shelby County residents to showcase their talents of singing, dancing, comedy and musical. The combined efforts became known as The Entertainers, an annual program she spearheaded and produced at the high school. People of all ages and of all levels of talent could not deny Mrs. Biagi's request to perform. It was for a good cause and it was a good time. It was through her efforts that the council worked to support the Dorman Preschool Center and the Shelby County Resource Center and eventually salute state efforts to select Shelbyville as a site for a group home, as Mrs. Biagi had envisioned so many years before. She was also active in the King's Daughters Circle, having been president and treasurer. Her other activity was with the Church, the Catholic Church of the Annunciation, where she was former president of the St. Ann's Altar Society. She managed these interests and extracurricular chores while running the family household and volunteering in the schools throughout her children's educational years. A native of Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late E. Clark and Martha Yates McKee Dawson. She and her husband, Vincent Biagi, had been married 49 years. Other survivors are her children, Mrs. Steven Lee (Angela) Cook. Mrs. David (Marilyn) Tamer, Sara Biagi, Gregory Biagi, Stephen Biagi and Robert Biagi, all of Shelbyville; two sisters, Mrs. George (Louise) Morris of Shelbyville and Mrs. Spalding (Alma) Southall of Lexington; and 11 grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation with Father Joseph Batcheldor officiating. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Shannon Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Family links: 
  Elmer Clarke Dawson (1896 - 1966)
  Martha Yates McKee Dawson (1899 - 1978)
  Vincent Angelo Biagi (1919 - 1996)
  Edna Louise Dawson Morris (1921 - 2011)*
  Rachel Lee Dawson Biagi (1923 - 1995)
*Calculated relationship
Grove Hill Cemetery
Shelby County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Garden Gate, Row 6
Created by: Francie Ede
Record added: Aug 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40536213
Rachel Lee <i>Dawson</i> Biagi
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Rachel Lee <i>Dawson</i> Biagi
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