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Donna Dorothy Dunbar, 98, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at her home in Richmond, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the Richmond United Methodist Church. Family members are set to meet with friends 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Interment is planned for Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Kan.

Dorothy was born Friday, May 14, 1915, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Jesse and Lena (Armstrong) Linsdale.

She spent her adult life living in Franklin County, Kan.

She graduated from Sapulpa High School, Sapulpa, Okla., with the class of 1933, where she was in the National High School Honor Society. She attended Sapulpa Junior College for two years, University of Oklahoma for one year, and the University of Kansas one year. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a lifetime teaching certificate.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Charles Albert Dunbar July 1, 1944. Albert preceded her in death March 9, 1997.

Survivors include her five sons, Stephen Albert Dunbar and wife, Veronica, Livonia, Mich., Charles Dennis Dunbar and wife, Jeanne, Bonner Springs, Kan., Ronald Eugene Dunbar and wife, Elaine, Princeton, Kan., Philip Alan Dunbar and wife, Anita, Wichita, Kan., and Jon Michael Dunbar and wife, Gail, Plainville, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; parents; two sisters, Leah Ruth Schaake and Marjorie Jessie DeLozier; and brother, Jean Myron Linsdale.

Dorothy worked in her first teaching position two years at Welda High School, Welda, Kan., three years at Richmond High School, and 10 years at Central Heights Elementary, retiring in 1976.  

She was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church since 1941, president of United Methodist Women also serving many years on numerous boards, especially the committee responsible for the “new” church building that was completed in 1962, and memorials chairperson for years. She formerly was a member of the Fortnightly Club, project leader for Berea Boosters 4-H Club, Richmond Juniors, Extension Homemaker Unit and life member of the Richmond Community Museum.

Dorothy traveled extensively, beginning as a teenager with her parents to California. After her marriage, she traveled to 47 states, including Canada, Mexico, Italy and many destinations in Europe, including Dunbar, Scotland, where the family gathered twice for reunions.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Richmond United Methodist Church or Richmond Community Museum through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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