Obituaries: Cleo Imogene Dunten

Obituaries: Cleo Imogene Dunten

Cleo Imogene Dunten, 93, of Prairie City, died Sept. 28, 2010, at her home. Her ashes will be scattered at the 60th Dunten family reunion in July 2011.

Mrs. Dunten was born on July 9, 1917, in New Plymouth, Idaho, to O.P. and Imogene (Cash) May.

In 1934, she graduated from high school in Payette, Idaho. On July 10, 1937, she married Loren F. Dunten in Weiser, Idaho. She was a farm wife and also worked as a Forest Service lookout.

She enjoyed playing the piano, knitting, crocheting and making latch-hooked rugs. Her father was a carpenter, so she was a carpenter's helper and often remodeled the houses they lived in, in southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

She was the secretary, treasurer and charter member of the Prairie City Senior Citizens, and also was a member of the Prairie City American Legion Auxiliary.

She wrote a column for the Blue Mountain Eagle for many years and was also known as "the potato lady."

After retiring, she and her husband traveled around the West in their fifth-wheel trailer. They were supportive of their children and grandchildren's endeavors.

Survivors include her daughter, Rose (Derrol) Coombs of Prairie City; son, Frank (Kathy) Dunten of Madras; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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