Catherine Martha Cressey Dunn
4-30-1922 ~ 10-13-2012
Catherine “Cathy” Dunn of Walsenburg, CO and formerly of Redlands, CA went home to be with the Lord on October 13, 2012. She was born April 30, 1922 in Sioux Falls, SD to John and Olive Cressey. She attended the Redlands Alliance Church in Redlands, CA and sang in the church choir for many years. She lived in Redlands for 52 years.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English/Speech and Drama from Sioux Falls College and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Redlands. In 1953 she married Verlon Dunn in San Antonio, TX. From 1956-1982 she was a teacher in the Redlands Unified School District, including Cope Jr. High and Redlands High School. From 1983 to 1989 she served as a legislative aide to Assembly Member Bill Leonard, Senator H.L. Richardson and Assembly Member Paul Woodruff. The California Legislature passed a resolution on December 28, 1989 honoring Mrs. Dunn for her service, including “elevating the quality of correspondence of the entire legislature.”
Catherine’s hobbies included painting, reading and playing the piano. She participated in Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Mary Lou Wright and Margaret Woods Johnson; and two grandsons, Jason Dunn and Christopher Cressey Dunn.
She is survived by her husband Verlon “Bill” Dunn of Walsenburg, CO; her sons Rick (Carol) of La Veta, CO and Randy (Beth) of Oroville, CA; her sister Helen Goldsworthy Campbell, Dunlap, IL; five grandchildren: Michael Leonard of Walnut Creek, CA; Brian Dunn of Yucaipa, CA; Nathan Dunn of Moses Lake, WA; Tyler Dunn of Redlands, CA; Caitlin Dunn of La Veta, CO; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, Walsenburg, CO at 2:30 pm on October 24, 2012.
Wins over 20 awards at the annual Colorado Press Association convention, including General Excellence for the second year in a row World Journal Staff Report