May 25, 2012
Denise Linder Dunbar, this wonderful woman, passed away quietly at home in Key West, Fla. on Friday, May 25, 2012, after a short illness. She was in the tender care of hospice with her husband of 30 years and many friends assisting, as only Key West folks can. Born in New York City, N.Y., she was raised in Dalton. After many years of private schools she said enough and moved to California, attending San Jose State College. Returning to the Scranton area, she owned a Clarks Summit book store, was employed by Joseph The Furrier and Jewelcor Travel. She was married to Colin Holmes. They later divorced. On a weekend trip to Philadelphia, she met Greg Dunbar. They were married on her birthday in 1982 on Long Beach Island, N.Y. Over the following years, they lived in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Chicago, sharing a goal to someday live in a warm climate. In 1989, while visiting her brother Robert in Key West, they agreed that was the place. In 1995, after many visits to the island, they purchased a home, left the corporate world and settled in Key West. Her brother's untimely death from AIDS lead to her passion to assist others. She was a tireless fundraiser for AIDS Help and Wesley House Family Services. She served both nonprofits as their Director of Community Relations. After a bout with colon cancer, she retired in 2010 to spend as much time as she could on their "other island," Isla Mujeres, Mexico. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Eleanor Linder; her stepmother, Mary Ellen Liner; and her beloved brother, Robert. She is missed greatly by her husband, Greg, his large family, who loved her like a sister; brother-in-law Peter Arnow and many friends in Key West and Isla Mujeres. Per her wishes , she will be scattered at the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys.
Published in Times Leader on June 2, 2012