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HONOURING SARNIA-LAMBTON’S COVID-19 VICTIMS: Sally Dunn inspired others to become better people

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Tara Jeffrey

This is the fourth in a series of tributes to local residents lost to COVID-19 during the current pandemic.

Sally Dunn, 95. Died May 26, 2020

Born and raised in Sarnia with her six siblings, Sally Dunn loved to surround herself with others.

She was a ‘gatherer of people,’ say her daughters who survive her: Maureen, Judy, Marilyn, Joanne and Colleen, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their mother always welcomed friends and family into their home, providing comfort and laughter.

“She was a great cook and hostess, and well known for her wit and great sense of fun.”

Sally married her sweetheart Frank in 1948 at St. Joseph’s Church in Sarnia and built a home on Vimy Crescent. Featured in a local news article in 2013, the couple was asked about the secret to a successful marriage.

“Be kind to each other,” Sally said at the time, while at Vision Nursing Home. “Still love each other.”

Frank died in 2017.

“Mom had a great enthusiasm for life which was apparent to all who knew her,” wrote her daughters, pointing to Sally’s philosophy of ‘saying yes’ to new experiences.

“She was as comfortable playing loud and riotous games with us as children as she was reading poetry. She would keep us laughing with silly antics, like asking a horse fenced by the side of the road for directions when she had lost her way on one of our many trips to the beach.

“At the same time, she was a woman with a curious mind who would, throughout her life, delve into serious study of religion and spirituality.”

The Dunn sisters say their mother inspired them to be better people, through her belief in God, the power of family, and a duty to help others.

“She was our guiding light, constant and unwavering,” they wrote. “Although we have recently endured the grief of saying goodbye, our memories of her will forever be joyful and our hearts are full with the love that she gave freely and without condition.”


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