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Gertrude Dawson worked as surgical nurse, treated children with polio

Monday, October 8, 2012 | 8:39 p.m. CDT; updated 4:36 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — Gertrude Lavera Dawson died March 19, 2012, at the age of 100 without ever knowing why her parents chose "Lavera" as her middle name.

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