Dorothy Louise Dunnam
Dorothy Louise Dunnam
  • November 23, 1925 - August 26, 2017
  • Wylie, Texas

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Dorothy Louise Dunnam, 91, of Wylie, passed from her earthly life into eternal life with the Father on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Services will be 3:00 pm, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Laurel Land Chapel of Chimes. Burial will follow in Laurel Land Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born November 23, 1925 in Farmersville, Texas, the second child born to Earl Richard McCandless and Mable Wandine Chandler McCandless. Dorothy’s childhood was difficult but she was a survivor, caring, and compassionate. Whether it was in spite of, or because of this difficult childhood, she grew into a woman with a great sense of humor who loved to be teased as well. Dorothy married Milford A. Dunnam on December 5, 1945 in McKinney, Texas and was a very supportive wife until his passing. She served her country as one of the many “Rosie the Riveters” during WWII. She also worked in the family cleaners for many years and sold Avon but her most important job was that of mother and homemaker. She took great joy in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was the consummate hostess to friends and family who were treated to her excellent cooking, which was self-taught. Her children remember her as being a rule setter and expecting proper behavior but this was balanced with being a good listener, loving, and affectionate.

Dorothy was a member of Everman United Methodist Church and the Everman Senior Citizens. She loved cooking, reading, crossword puzzles and embroidery. And spent many hours playing cards, dominoes, and board games with her children. She had the gift of hospitality and not only taught, but always reflected the Golden Rule.

Mrs. Dunnam was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her only sibling Jim, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Wandine Smith, Mary Brawner and her husband Danny, Lou Ann Dunnam, Nellwyn Cannon and her husband Johnny, and their precious “brother” Gary L. Dunnam, grandchildren: Matt Smith, Nathan Smith, Heather Phillips, Aaron Holt, Carrie Sturdivant, Dewayne Brawner, Darren Brawner, Lark Shamburger, Sandra Laxson, Benjamin Bledsoe, Stephen Moore, Jarrod Cannon, and Tiffany Hay, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and extended other family.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the charity of the givers choice.