Mildred "Millie" Dunn Mildred was born March 22, 1921 in North Liberty, IA to George and Mary (Johnson) Mendenhall. She spent her childhood in Fremont, NE and Sterling, KS. She graduated from Sterling College in 1942 with a degree in home economics and married J. Lamar (JL) Dunn the same year. She subsequently received an M.S. in Education from Buffalo State University and taught English and home ec for several years. She moved to Tucson in 1960 when Lamar became manager of Arizona Operations for Bell Aerosystems Company. After Lamar retired in 1971, they started a new career in real estate, investing in houses, apartments, storage units, and RV parks. Mildred helped manage the units and kept the books. Mildred loved music and played the piano and organ. She sang baritone with the Tucson Desert Harmony Sweet Adelines chorus for 20 years and played in her church handbell choir until her final illness. Other interests included knitting and gardening. When she was 85 she took up loom weaving and basket making. Mildred loved to be with people and was interested in almost everybody and everything. She read two newspapers every day and participated regularly in water aerobics, yoga and Silver Sneakers classes at her local gym. She was an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Tucson for almost 40 years. She and Lamar drove their camper all over the U.S. including Alaska, visiting friends and relatives along the way. They made multiple trips to Europe, with highlights being the passion play at Oberammergau and visiting relatives in Sweden. While in her 80s she took cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and to England on the Queen Mary 2. She endured the last few months of her life with grace, being hit with multiple health issues, including a fractured vertebra and cancer. She died peacefully on August 3, 2010 in Tucson surrounded by family. She was 89. She is survived by sons, William Dunn (Carol) of McLean, VA and John Dunn (Kathleen) of Portland, OR; daughters, Shirley Hall Dornberg (Curt) of Tucson and Betty Krause (Bruce) of The Dalles, OR; two brothers and a sister, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, J. Lamar Dunn, who died in 2001; her parents and two older brothers. A Memorial Service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to Sterling College, Sterling, KS or to World Vision. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel (742-7901)
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 22, 2010