Dona M. Dunn

Dona M. Dunn, age 92, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Foothills Place in Tucson. 

Graveside Service were held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, please make any contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Dona was born in Springfield, to Roy and Alice Hansen Dunn on April 25, 1927. She had one sibling, Duane L. Dunn. Dona graduated with the Springfield High School class of 1945. Dona was a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota where she earned a degree in Business. She went on to become an interior designer and went on to have a successful career at Sears, Roebuck, Inc in Minneapolis. Dona met her life partner, Lyle Smith, in Minnesota and, after retiring in 1984, they moved together to Tucson, Arizona where they spent the rest of their lives. After Lyle’s passing, Dona stayed on in Tucson but continued to visit friends and relatives in Minneapolis.

Dona was an active member of Eastern Star, Minnehaha Chapter, Tucson Republican Women’s Club, Irish American Gaelic Society, St Paul’s Methodist Church, and the Sears Tucson Retirement Club. She is preceded in death by Roy and Alice Dunn, Duane L. Dunn and her partner, Lyle Smith. She is survived by her nephews, Kip and Todd Dunn and nieces, Michelle Klingenstein and Laurie Goss and cousins, Ken Hanson, Judy Post, and Avis Ferguson.

Dona was a fiercely independent woman in a time that preceded the woman’s rights movement. She was a strong woman. First surviving breast cancer in the 1950’s and then, most recently, leukemia. She will be missed by those left behind but know that she is at peace with her Creator.  

Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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