Dorothy LaVerne Dunn, 82, died Aug. 17, in Mt. Vernon. A pie social celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the John Day Senior Center, with Pastor Levi Manitsas officiating. She was a baker who loved her pie and coffee, so people are asked to bring a pie in her memory. Table service and beverages will be provided.
Mrs. Dunn was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Talihina, Okla., to Beulah and Delmer Sulzer.
In 1939, following her parents’ divorce, she and her mother moved to Richmond, Calif., where her mother met and married Emery Gunter in 1945. They moved to Oregon shortly afterward.
As soon as she was old enough, she began working, and did not graduate from high school. She worked in the restaurant industry as a waitress, cook and baker, in such locations as North Powder and Mitchell.
On Jan. 7, 1967, she married Albert Dunn in Winnemucca, Nev.
She helped her husband with his business, Dunn Excavating and Mining in Canyon City. After his death in 1981, she began cooking and baking in John Day to support herself. She retired after a work accident, by which time she had moved to Mt. Vernon to care for her stepfather.
Her interests included traveling, visiting friends and family, and keeping up with her grandchildren. She was also an avid reader of the Blue Mountain Eagle.
Survivors include her brother, Jim Sulzer of Petaluma, Calif.; sister, Barbara Weaver of Rio Linda, Calif.; cousins, Pat Hoglan of Hooks, Texas, and Ida Ruth Hoglan of Talihina; one grandchild; six great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Dunn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Food Bank or Grant County Senior Programs.