Frances Rebecca Dunn 1907 - 2009 Ottawa
Ottawa — Memorial services for Frances Rebecca Dunn, 101, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory, Ottawa. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.
Mrs. Dunn died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at the Ottawa Retirement Village.
She was born Sept. 10, 1907, in Hayes Township on the family farm north of Ottawa, the daughter of John Martin and Esther Ann Bride-Shinn Conard. She attended Fairmount Grade School and graduated from Ottawa High School.
Mrs. Dunn attended Ottawa University and earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics from the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1930. She was a member of the Phi Omega Pi Sorority at K-State.
After teaching high school home economics in Colony, Mrs. Dunn returned to K-State to earn a master’s degree in 1934. Her dietetic internship was at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago at the time of the 1933 World’s Fair.
Mrs. Dunn taught home economics and dietetics at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. In 1937, she took a faculty position at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Professional moves took Mrs. Dunn and her husband to the University of Minnesota, Texas A&M and the University of Nevada-Reno.
She later retired with her husband to the Conard family farm in Franklin County.
Mrs. Dunn was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, where she enjoyed the Women Circles and Builders. She participated in community organizations including Happy Homemakers EHU; Fairmount Birthday Club, Silver Leaf 4-H Club, and Town and Country 4-H Club: Adult Leader —teaching foods and clothing; DeMolay Mothers.
Mrs. Dunn’s life memberships included the Ottawa University Women’s Education Society and the Franklin County Historical Society. She served as a docent at the Dietrich Cabin for many years.
Mrs. Dunn was a 43-year member of the General Edward Hand Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, attending the national conventions in Washington, D.C., and serving as the local regent.
She enjoyed traveling nationally and internationally with the Ottawa University Choir.
She married Laraine Ernest Dunn on July 19, 1941, in Pullman, Wash. They shared more than 47 years of marriage. He preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Alberta Belinda DeShazer.
Survivor include two sons, James and wife Nancy, Lawrence, and Roy and wife Deborah, Ottawa; two grandchildren, Kristi Rebecca Hubbard and Sara Jane Hornbuckle; and three great-grandchildren, Brent Austin, Brittny Sky and Cross Sterling Hornbuckle.
The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Franklin County Historical Society, General Edward Hand Chapter, D.A.R. or Westminster Presbyterian Church, sent in care of the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.
Online condolences may be sent at lamb-roberts.com.