Delores 'Dee' Dunmire Lawrence
"I'm talking to the Lord" she replied when asked what she said as the excruciating pain she suffered for too many months seemed to subside for the first time since re-entering the nursing home for the third time in less than a year.
Although her pain usually kept her in tears, the sedatives seemed to provide gentle relief without interfering with her understanding of what was going on around her during her final stay at the nursing home which she wanted so desperately to leave.
She then said "I want to go home to die." Then she pointed two fingers in the air and again said, holding up one finger, "I want to go home to you and the puppies, and then I want to go home, pointing the second finger to the sky. Just a few days later both wishes would be fulfilled.
"Dee," as those who knew her lovingly called her, has known God in a very special way her entire life being reared in a Christian home by her marvelous parents, Hallie and Marion Jones.
Delores Jones was born December 9, 1943, in Muhlenberg County, Ky. She began her trip to see her mom, dad and Jesus February 24.
Dee attended Fulton Elementary School and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with many of her Fulton classmates. The same is true with classmates from Central High where she served as editor of one of the pages in the school newspaper "The Centralian."
Following graduation from Central High School, in 1961, Dee immediately began what would be her career for 47 years. She soon attained certification as a Certified Hardware Consultant in architectural design and spent her entire career in that industry working her way up to being purchasing agent for Lensing Wholesalers where she was employed for 24 years. While at Lensing, Dee enjoyed the love and respect of all her coworkers and supervisors.
Dee was a gentle and kind person with a special place in her heart for her friends, her coworkers and the many puppies she nurtured throughout her entire life.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the fine people from Heart to Heart Hospice Care and the dozens of volunteers who responded to her husband's public appeal for nurses to attend to her dying needs at home.
Special thanks also are extended to Courier & Press editor Tim Ethridge for spearheading the search for nurses to aid in Dee's care while at home and Jordan Vandenberge for chronicling the incredible response of so many volunteers.
Her first husband, the late Orville (Steve) Dunmire, was an Evansville police officer.
Dee is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry Lawrence; her adoring son, Steve Dunmire; and her loving sister, Virginia (Ginny) Gish; and her husband, William (Bill) Gish.
She is also mourned by her loving puppies Yukon, Ginger, Wynter, Duchess and Princess.
A celebration of life for this gentle lady will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711, with visitation starting at 2 p.m.
Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com