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Georgia Katherine Dunlap Ackley

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Georgia Katherine Dunlap Ackley Obituary

23 November 1930 to 20 June 2011, Santa Cruz, California

Georgia passed peacefully surrounded by love and music on June 20th, 2011 at the age 80 years. Georgia was the beloved wife of James B. Ackley for 60 years and loving mother of Lynda Lyn Ackley.

Georgia is also survived by families: Harney of Watsonville, Scheler of San Jose and Dunlap of Cottonwood California, and son-in-law Dr. James Hein and his loving family. Long time friends include her dear friend Mrs. Betty Bennett, friends for 75 years, they met in Kindergarten and have been like sisters ever since. Her enormous and affectionate cat Sammy also survives her.

Georgia was born at Sisters Hospital in Santa Cruz to Katherine Harney Dunlap and George R. Dunlap. Katherine and Georgia are descendants of the Monterey/Carmel pioneer Boronda Family. The family patriarch was Manuel Boronda [1750-1826] who accompanied Junípero Serra on his second expedition to Alta California. One of Manuel's sons was José Manuel Boronda [1803-1878], the land-grant owner of Rancho Los Laureles [present-day Carmel Valley Village] he was Georgia's Great Great Grandfather and credited with starting the first boys school in the Monterey area. Georgia grew up in San Jose attending Lowell Grammar School, Roosevelt Junior-High School, San Jose High, and San Jose State University. Georgia loved Santa Cruz and retired there in the house that her husband lovingly built for her by the ocean.

Georgia loved spending time with her family and long-time friends. Cooking and entertaining was always passion, she made every occasion special with her decorative touches. Many throughout the years were the happy recipients of her home-made fudge and cookie trays. In her youth she liked to ice skate, play tennis, and swim. She enjoyed camping and fishing in the Hat Creek, Burney Falls and Shasta areas with her family and to spend time at the beach and swim beyond the waves in Santa Cruz and Hawaii. She was a voracious Cal Football fan. Georgia was involved with the Santa Clara County Horseman's Assoc., Cal. State Horseman's Assoc., a long-time member of Delta Theta Tau Epsilon Nu Philanthropic Sorority in San Jose, Beta Sigma Phi a chapter of Laureate Iota Mu in Santa Cruz, Friends of Hospice Santa Cruz County and on the Board of San Jose State Alumni Association- Santa Cruz Chapter.

Georgia was giving, spirited, smart, vibrant, and a lover of life with a great sense of humor; a fun, strong, and beautiful woman. The light of her spirit will always shine and will help to guide us along our way.

A Memorial service for Georgia will be held Wednesday July 6th, 2:00 P.M. at Oakwood Memorial Chapel, reception follows at the same location.

In lieu of flowers please donate to San Jose State Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2037, Aptos CA, 95001. The Sempervirens Fund, sempervirens.org, 650949-1453, or the Charity of your choice.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 28, 2011
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