Dawna Joyce Johnson Obituary – The Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News

Dawna Joyce Johnson of Reno died on June 4, 2022 at her home. She was born on September 14, 1935 in Lovelock, Nevada to Charles Moore and Christenca Moore. Dawna was a graduate of Pershing County High School and for many years attended the annual alumni reunion with other family members. She played the piano, tap dance and competed in the Desert Little Theater where she won the 1960 Best Supporting Actress award. Dawna was an accomplished woman who had educated herself in a number of fields including decoration, flooring, construction and real estate. Dawna married James “Big Jim” Cirac in 1951 and the family grew rapidly. While Jim worked as manager of the Copeland Lumberyard, Dawna was busy raising her three sons, all of whom were born before she was 21. Dawna, Jim and the family later moved to Reno, then to Yerington and back to Reno. In Yerington, Dawna and her family lived in a trailer on a lot just south of town while their new home was under construction. When the house was finally completed, Dawna used her talents as a decorator to make the house a warm and friendly environment. While living in Yerington, Dawna was honored as a runner-up in the Mrs. Nevada contest. After returning to Reno, Jim and Dawna divorced but remained friends and amicably attended birthdays, graduations, and other events. In 1970 Dawna opened her own flooring business called Carpets Etc. The business prospered and Dawna married RT Johnson in 1973. Together, Dawna and RT built and sold a series of homes in the Reno area. Dawna helped create a good floor plan and offered ideas for flooring and decorations to make the houses attractive and marketable. Dawna was licensed as a floor installer and real estate agent. She had extensive experience as an interior designer and not only helped her clients but also many of her friends and relatives to decorate their homes and offices. After RT’s death in 1982, Dawna worked for many years as a real estate agent at Keystone Realty and later at Ferrari-Lund Real Estate. She was a top producer for many of those years. Dawna also continued to operate her decorating business, which was renamed Dawna’s Interiors. She moved into her home on Watt Street, made many improvements and always referred to the house as her ‘little cottage’. Dawna was a proud member of the Sigma Nu Mothers Club and was voted Mother of the Year three times. She also served as the court-appointed special counsel in the child best interests assessment under the CASA program. After retiring from real estate sales, Dawna enjoyed cruising in her T-Bird, especially during the hot August nights. Donner Lake, Lake Wildwood and Bowers Mansion were her favorite spots. Donna tended to the numerous rose bushes that adorned the front of her house. She spent time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Nono.” She particularly enjoyed Sunday night dinners with the family and was never embarrassed to speak her mind. Dawna was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in northwest Reno and later attended Trinity Episcopal Church. Dawna’s parents, her son James Cirac and daughter-in-law Cindy Cirac, predeceased her. She is survived by her sons Kenneth Cirac (Catherine) from Sacramento and Michael Cirac (Karen) from Reno; her brother Duane Moore, eight grandchildren (James, Kenneth, Crissy, Sophia, Nick, Tyler, Kyle, and Amanda), fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. A celebration of life is planned at a later date.

Posted June 17, 2022

Published in the Reno Gazette-Journal

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