SALEM, N.Y. - Lura M. "Tiny" Dunigan, 84, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 23, 2013, in the comfort of her home.
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Tiny was born March 1, 1929, in Cambridge, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary (Henderson) Carlton. She was a 1946 graduate of Salem Washington Academy.
Tiny babysat children in the Salem area for many years and had worked as an aide at Salem Washington Academy. She then worked as a secretary at Salem Farm Supply for many years until retiring and then continued to babysit for children again. Tiny also worked part time at J.K. Adams in Dorset where she would cook for their demonstrations.
Tiny was a devout communicant of Holy Cross Church in Salem where she was active with the Altar Rosary Society. She served as a Eucharistic minister and also a greeter. Tiny cleaned the altar linens, cooked for the priest in residence and would offer to help with other activities if needed. Tiny was a former member of the Salem Rescue Squad and a volunteer at the Shoppe On Broadway in Salem.
Tiny loved to cook and bake and was well-known for her pies. She also enjoyed working in her garden tending to her flowers, reading, crafts and quilting. Most importantly, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her, as well as her two feline friends, Tom and Gerry, whom she adopted after her husband passed away.
In addition to her parents, Tiny was also predeceased by her husband of 52 years, John A. Dunigan, who passed away May 8, 2005; her brothers and sisters, Charles Carlton, John Carlton, Ben Carlton, Harold Carlton, Nancy Magee, Thelma Perry, Louise Smith, Betty McKeighan and Helen Dillon.
Tiny is survived by her two children, Peter J. Dunigan and his wife Anne of Salem and Mary Dunnigan of Rutland, Vt.; a sister, Jean Klein and her husband Leonard of Durham, N.H. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Erin Rishell and her husband Scott of Salem, Bridget Dunigan of Astoria, N.Y., and Jason Watters and his wife Shamyra of Browns Mills, N.J.; five great-grandchildren, Hayley Watters, Mackenzie Watters, Jayden Watters, Charlotte Rishell, Henry Rishell; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday, June 27, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Holy Cross Church, 249 Main St., Salem, with Rev. Liam Condon officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Following the services, Tiny's family invites everyone to join them in the church hall for light refreshments and to share memories.
Those who wish to remember Tiny in a special way can make memorial contributions to the Salem Rescue Squad, PO Box 360, Salem, NY 12865; or the Salem Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 449, Salem, NY 12865.
Tiny's family appreciates and thanks the Washington County Hospice for their care and compassion given to her and also the family.
For directions to the funeral home or to share a memory of Tiny, please visit www.mcclellangariepy.com.
McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc.
19 East Broadway
Salem, NY 12865
Published in Rutland Herald on June 24, 2013