Norma “Jean” Dunn


Dec. 8, 2018 — Norma “Jean” Dunn, 89, passed away Dec. 4, 2018.

She died at Regency Care Center of natural causes.

She had recently sustained a fall at home that fractured her right arm and pelvis.

She and her husband of 61 years, Lloyd, moved to Florence in 1962. Lloyd was a timber faller and Jean was a homemaker, but they both loved to fish. Eventually, Lloyd gave up the timber industry for commercial fishing and from that time on they worked together. After having a couple of smaller cabin cruisers, they undertook the task of building their own boat made of ferro cement.

It was a 38-ft vessel named the “Sea Star.”

Jean always had some sort of project in front of her; usually stitchery. She’s made more doilies, tablecloths, quilts and handywork than can be counted. More recently her favorite thing was jigsaw puzzles, usually 1,000-piece sets. But she was always thinking of her flowers, inside and outside the house.

She had the greenest thumb in the world.

Jean was the eldest of six girls. She. along with her parents, Fred and Mary Ellen Ray, moved to Oregon from Nebraska when Jean was six years old. She was raised in Independence, Ore.

She is survived by two of her sisters: Betty King of Independence, Ore., and Alice Parksion of Turner, Ore.; sister-in-law, Mary Richards and husband Max from Monmouth, Ore.

Jean was the mother of three children: David Dunn of Florence, Debra (Dunn) Trammel of Lakeside, Ore, and Ken Dunn of Salem, Ore.

She had four grandchildren: Rick Trammel of Sisters, Ore., Rod Trammel of Cottage Grove, Ore., Dave Dunn Jr. of Waipahu, Hawaii, and Stacey Galvin of Salem, Ore.

Jean had 10 great-grandchildren: Jessica Mortimer of Menan, Id., Mackenzie Filmore of Sisters, Ore., Willie Dunn of Waipahu, Hawaii, Taylor Trammel of Corvallis, Ore., Violet Trammel of Salem, Ore., Revel Trammel of Cottage Grove, Ore., and Aiden, Kaleb, Brice and Addison Galvin of Salem.

Jean was very proud to be a great-great-grandmother of four: Scarlett, Jane, Rulon and Merritt Mortimer of Menan, Id.

Family meant everything to Jean and she loved every opportunity that presented itself to come together.

Her funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., at Burns’s Riverside Chapel, 2765 Kingwood St. in Florence, and was open for the public to attend.

Special thanks to the staff at Peace Harbor Hospital, Regency Care Center and Burns’s Riverside Chapel for their genuine love and care.

Jean will be missed by her family, neighbors and friends. She was a wonderful example to us of how to live a simple, hard-working life, to take care of others and the most important things in life.

She believed in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. She and Lloyd used to attend the Foursquare Church in Florence before his passing in 2007. 

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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