Claire Dunn, 90, died January 10th of natural causes in Seattle [Washington]. Born Fleeta Claire Jones, once on her own as a young adult she adopted her mother’s maiden name and became known as Claire Field until her marriage in 1940.
Born in Roseburg, Oregon, she grew up in Ohio, was married to Bill [William Edward] Dunn between 1940 and 1957, and for many years lived in East Chicago, Indiana, where her children were raised. She moved to Seattle in 1963.
Claire was an avid reader and liked doing crafts, including crocheting hundreds of afghans. A medical secretary, Claire retired from the Voluntary Service Department at the VA Medical Center in 1988. During retirement, Claire volunteered at the King Tut exhibit, the Crisis Line, and for Senior Services. Her volunteerism continued at death with the donation of her body to the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Claire is survived by her five children and their spouses. They include Pat[rick] and his wife Bonnie Dunn, Tim[othy] and his wife Jeanette Dunn, Cory and his wife Pam[ela] Dunn, Toby and his wife Marilyn Dunn, and Molly Dunn Sain and her husband Larry Sain, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Claire is also survived by her extended family and friends, including cousins Maurine Wilcoxon and Bonnie Ward, and her beloved cat J'nell.
Claire's family is very grateful for the wonderful and highly professional care that was extended to her by Group Health. Their collective efforts were amazingly helpful and beneficial.
This is a slightly edited version of the obituary originally published in The Seattle Times on January 29, 2012
Claire was the eldest of four children born to Rev. Carleton Duane Jones and Nelle Virginia Field Jones and the last survivor of the siblings, who were Paul Wesley Jones, DeRand Jones and Virginia Lee Jones Pecaro.
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