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Dorothy Dunning

Dorothy Jean Dunning, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 12, 2008. She was born on June 1, 1916 in Elgin, North Dakota to Charles Gust Wachsman and Regina Augusta Alzner Wachsman. She married James Joseph Dunning on December 27, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; he preceded her in death on December 8, 1987.

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and friends, and living life to the fullest. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children, Mary Jean Garofalo Parker (Frank) of Vacaville, California; Dorothy Jo Dunning of Tucson, Arizona; James Dunning Jr. of Davis, California; Bob Dunning (Shelley) of Davis, California and Patricia Dunning (Jimmy Block) of Sacramento, California; sister, Faith Beasley of Galt, California; brothers, Don Emch (Diane) of Hill City, South Dakota; Franklin Emch of Bellfield, South Dakota and Wayne Emch (Elsie) of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada; 8 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

A Rosary will be held on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 7:30 P.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church. A private interment will be held at the Davis Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James School in Davis, California.

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Dear Bob, Shelley and family, I was glad I got to know her a little during her stay in Sierra. I hope the friendship and good thoughts and prayers of well-wishers are sustaining you now. Sincerely, Jan Bazinet

Jan Bazinet Jul 9 2008 12:00 AM

My sympathies to all the Dunning family. As your neighbor, growing up on Campus Way with the Dunning "kids", I really think we were so lucky. We had mothers who had unwavering faith, were involved in the community, and had an unwritten pact to help raise each other's kids, and watch over them. Mrs. Dunning, Dorothy, was like a second mom to all the kids in the neighborhood. She had such a sunny outlook on life, she really knew how to turn lemons into lemonade!! She was so nurturing, and she reaped what she sowed, for she had so many loved ones and friends.

Ginny Vaughn Jun 27 2008 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Dorothys' passing. She was an amazing lady. Always with a smile and such grace. I last saw her at Farmer's Market awhile back . I had the pleasure of working with her at Student Health for many years and she always brought such calm to all the patients and staff..I know God has a special place for her as she will open her loving arms to those that join her. Love, Diane Cooper

Diane Cooper Jun 27 2008 12:00 AM

Dorothy was the Director of Nurses when I was a young RN at the Cowell Student Health Center in the early seventies. She was warm, wise, and always made me feel affirmed and empowered. What a great woman! My condolences to the family, and prayers. Susie

Susie Carlson Jun 25 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Family of Dorothy Dunning, Paul and I send our sympathy and prayers during these difficult times. My memories go back to the l960's when I roomed at nursing school with Mary. I met Dorothy at this time. Mary always talked of what a wonderful nurse she was. Then Jo and Mary drove back to Newport, Virginia with me while I attended the Navy Nurse orientation . We had so much fun exploring the east coast. We pray for God to comfort you and bring joy as you remember your mother, grandmother,great-grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin. Love, Karen and Paul Pendergast

Karen and Paul Pendergast Jun 22 2008 12:00 AM

I first met Dorothy when working in Drs. Cooper, Vaughn, & Larky's Office as one of their 2 RNs in 1964. As I was a newly graduated RN, Dorothy was the head nurse of the UCD Student Health Center & set a high RN standards for all of us. She had such a warm smile which matched her personality. I will always remember her with fondness & send my deepest condolences to her family. April Rapp

April Rapp Jun 22 2008 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Aunt Dorothy was a beautiful, strong and sophisticated woman that made you feel very loved and comfortable the first time that I met her. My fondest memory of her was when Harold passed away, she and Toots and Bob all sang around the piano and told stories of them growing up. Even thought their paths had all gone very differently, they still had a close family bond.

Todd and Jean Wise Jun 21 2008 12:00 AM

Dorothy was our longtime friend and we will always cherish the fond memories we have of her both personally and when we worked together. She was a very special lady. Rest in peace Dorothy. Our sincere condolences to the entire Dunning family. All our love; Pius and Anna

Pius and Anna Kamber Jun 20 2008 12:00 AM

Sharon and I wish to extent our sympathy to you all. We are never ready to say goodbye to our parents, but your Mother has joined your Father and they are together in Heaven. Now proudly looking down at their family watching them carrying on the wisdom that they as parents had shared. May God be with you all during this time. We will keep you in our prayers. John & Sharon Jay

John & Sharon Jay Jun 20 2008 12:00 AM

Dorothy was more than my first boss at Student Health, she was like my second mother. She was the most loving, thoughtful person, I have known. She was beautiful inside and out. She always looked and acted like a perfect angel. I am sure she will make a very perfect guardian angel for someone. Her faith was her strength through any trouble she endured, even through her pain. I will miss my yearly birthday cards with such loving comments. Love and prayers to her family, Carolyn Lewis

Carolyn Lewis Jun 20 2008 12:00 AM

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