Dawn Waddell Elledge lives and writes in Nashville, TN. She grew up twenty miles north of Nashville in the suburb of Hendersonville, TN. Dawn's home place, called Monthaven, (named after her grandfather, Mont Comer; founder of the former Washington Mfg. Co. in Nashville) serves today as the home for the Hendersonville Arts Council. Dawn's mother, the late Jackie Comer Waddell was a popular Nashville native in the Hendersonville area. Dawn is inspired by her mother's love for writing. Jackie Waddell wrote for many local newspapers, while Dawn and her eight siblings enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of their mother's passion for the community. Dawn became a registered nurse after changing her college major from theatre to nursing. She currently works as an independent care manager, helping seniors and their loved ones with long-term care issues. She enjoys speaking to groups on the subject of planning for long-term care. Dawn also works when needed at Summit Medical Center; an HCA hospital outside of Nashville, TN. A deep love for the elderly extends into Dawn's free time when she can schedule singing with seniors at the long-term care facilities, or go for a visit. Every Christmas finds her singing favorite holiday carols to many elderly groups in the Nashville area. Dawn's vocal abilities have afforded her many invitations to weddings, parties and funerals, where many have been blessed with her personal touch. Dawn has been involved with community theatre and chorus for many years. Home is where Dawn's heart is. She is a devoted home-manager, home school mom, and home-based business entrepreneur. Dawn is married to Hugh, who is also a registered nurse, and has three children; April, Mary-Jacalyn and Zach. Dawn and Hugh coordinate the inner city ministry at their church.
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