LaSaundra Kayla Dobson-Newton
Those we love remain with us, for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone; those we love can never be more than a thought apart;
for as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.
LaSaundra Kayla Dobson-Newton was born on December 10, 1948, in Decatur, Alabama to her parents, Frank Dobson, Sr. and Mattie L. Gill Dobson both have preceded her in death. She was raised surrounded by her brother, Clifford; and her sister, Laura who have also preceded her in death. As a child, she was shy but very protective of her siblings. She loved the time spent with her grandparents in Alabama.
The family eventually relocated to Denver, Colorado and LaSaundra graduated from Manual High School. While in high school, she was a member of the Manual Thunderbolts Pep team. She furthered her education by attending Everest College in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management.
In July of 1972, LaSaundra enlisted in the United States Army. While serving her country, she was stationed in Fort McClellan, Alabama, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Fort Riley, Kansas, Monterey, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. She was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal and 2 Good Conduct Medals. She served with honor and distinction and was honorably discharged. She later joined the United States Navy Reserve from 1985-1987.
On August 23, 1974, she wed, Robert H. Newton, Sr. They first met in Mannheim, Germany. They enjoyed long drives together while living in Germany. They were able to travel to many ports around the country. To this union, TaNisha and Robert, Jr. were born. With this union he became the father of Phalisa and Roshawn. The family shared many happy and precious moments together to include playing games, playing jacks, jumping rope, making homemade oatmeal cookies, dancing, dressing up, and Lisa fondly remembers her holding her hand during the birth of her children.
LaSaundra was blessed to have nine grandchildren, Delarian “Kameron”, Shalon, Shayla (who preceded her in death), Andre’, Cinque’, Lauren, Jasmine, Aariyah, and Maliya who all were an additional source of joy and pride in her life. They lovingly called her “Nana” fondly remember the long talks, her childhood stories, the sleepovers, the weekends together, shopping, she attending school activities, and birthday parties. They also remember her big and bright smile, taking them to the movies, and going out to dinner.
By profession, LaSaundra was employed by the federal government for both Civil Service and the Military. She also worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Examiner. She was hard-working, worked well with her co-workers and the management team and was always a team player. They remember as always talking about her children and grandchildren.
LaSaundra held a strong faith in the Lord. She believed in the power of prayer and the right relationship with the Lord.
LaSaundra was a fun-loving woman, who enjoyed those she encircled. In her free time, she loved watching television, traveling, playing card games, bowling, sewing, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Her closest friends, Barbara Reynolds and Debra Cartwright will miss the many comraderies they shared together and the fact that she was a true and trusted friend who was a good listener, and funny but smart woman. To know LaSaundra was to love her.
LaShaundra Kayla Dobson Newton departed this life on November 5, 2023, in Aurora, Colorado. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss include her husband, Robert H. Newton, Sr.; her children, Phali’Sa “Lisa” Wilson, RoShawn L. Frazier, TaNisha “Nikki” Newton, and Robert H. Newton, Jr; grandchildren, Delarian “Kameron” Wilson, Shalon “Shay-Shay” Wilson, Andre’ Hardin, II, Cinque’ Hardin, Lauren Ellis, Jasmine Newton, Aariyah Newton and Maliya Newton; 2 nieces; 2 nephews; 3 great nieces; 4 great nephews; and a host of other relatives and many friends.