Patricia Lee Dunkin
Patricia Lee Dunkin
  • August 17, 1938 - November 11, 2017
  • Orlando, Florida

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Patricia Lee Dunkin, 79, of Orlando, Florida, died peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Plantation Oaks Senior Wellness Community. Pat is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Sherrill "Lee" Dunkin, two loving daughters Kathryn Baer and Sheryl Askew, loving grandson Jordan Askew (Sarah Blackburn), beautiful great-granddaughter Blair Askew, and her devoted sisters Carole Burt (Arthur), Joyce Seaman (Bruce) and brothers Robert Hunt, Rodney Hunt (Ginger) and Todd Hunt (Debbie). She is also survived by loving nieces Michelle Johnston (Dave) and Kim Naples (Michael d. 2012), and nephews Glenn Stauffer (Melinda), Michael Greenslit (Cary) and Scott Greenslit (d. 2016).

Pat was born in Worcester, MA. At the age of six, her family moved to a farm located in the small hamlet of Sutton, MA. There she enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her sisters, brothers, her great-grandparents from Sweden, her grandfather William with whom she shared a love of extra crispy French fries and many devoted life-long friends. Upon graduation from Sutton Memorial High School in 1956, she moved to Miami, Florida to live with her grandmother "Nanny." It was there that she met the love of her life Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Dunkin. They married in 1957, and began their life together, building a family and establishing several homes, stationed in many locations across the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. They settled in Orlando in 1969, living in the same home for 48 years.

Ever the social butterfly, Pat enjoyed service to many organizations, some for over 50 years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (various offices many times), Red Hat Society, the Antique Automobile Association (Treasurer), First Baptist Church choir and Singing Christmas Trees, Young at Heart choral group, Numismatic Society and a volunteer usher at Bob Carr Auditorium. Of all her achievements, one of the proudest was being a grandmother to Jordan, who is an Eagle Scout and currently attends Florida State University.

Pat loved to travel and through her lifetime visited many states and countries, Great Britain being her favorite destination. She also enjoyed gardening, theatre, decorating, going to estate sales and keeping in touch with her many friends throughout the U.S. and abroad. So many loved her sweet, kind and vibrant personality. She truly lit up a room with her inner glow and was an angel to many folk during her life. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Pat's family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the many devoted friends and family that shared their love with Pat, and the dedicated team at Cornerstone Hospice for their gentle care of Pat, during her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Pat's funeral will be held Friday, November 17th, at Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe Chapel, 301 NE Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, with visitation from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Christian service at 11:00 AM and reception following. Internment will be November 20th, Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.