Priscilla Ann McKinney Dunnum
Priscilla Ann McKinney Dunnum, a long term resident and highly respected attorney in the City of Downey, passed away in her home on March 22, 2014. She was born on December 13, 1921 and grew up in Basin, Wyoming with her father and mother, Thomas McKinney and Constance McKinney and her brother Billy Van McKinney. Priscilla moved to California to complete her legal education at USC and Loyola Law School. After graduation from Loyola, she was admitted to practice law in January 1948. Priscilla moved to Downey in 1954 with her husband, Carroll M. Dunnum and her three children, and opened the law firm of Dunnum and Dunnum. She continued her practice of law for over 50 years.
Priscilla was very instrumental in the incorporation of the City of Downey and was very active in the community. She was the first woman city council member and the first woman Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Downey. She chaired the committee for revision of the City of Downey Charter. She spearheaded the planning and building of the Downey Civic Theater. She was instrumental in planning the "new" Downey Community hospital.
She was a member of numerous charitable, philanthropic and community organizations and held positions on many of their boards. She taught Estate Planning and Trusts at the Downey Adult School and was also a Teacher at Christ Lutheran Church.
Priscilla loved her family. She is survived by her treasured daughters, Carolyn Dunnum Sloan and Ann Priscilla Howe; her revered son, Monte Tom Dunnum; her cherished grandson, Thomas Carroll Sloan; her son-in-law, Ralph Howe; and two nephews, Jeff Dunnum and Mark McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Lewisia #16 OES, P.O. Box 349, Basin, Wyoming 82410.
Her memorial service is scheduled for April 5, 2014 at Miller-Mies Mortuary in Downey at 3:00 pm. Interment will be at Mount View Cemetery, Basin, Wyoming.
Arrangements under the direction of Miller-Mies Mortuary, Downey, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
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