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Katy Funeral Home

23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX

OBITUARY

Edith Maria Dunbar

October 30, 1969February 3, 2020
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REFLECTIONS OF THE LIFE OF EDITH MARIA DUNBAR

Edith Maria Dunbar, beloved educator, passed away on February 3, 2020, after a courageous 7 month battle with ALS. On October 30, 1969, Edith Maria Dunbar was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Nathaniel and Myrtle Jones Dunbar. While attending school in the Kansas City, Missouri school district, Edith had a vision. Her dream was to help children reach their potential by providing a nurturing, stimulating environment based on each child's individual needs. She decided to become an elementary school teacher to accomplish her goal. After graduating from Northeast High School in 1987, she attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where she received her B.A. in Education (1994) and Masters Degree in Reading Education in 1999. She was a dedicated, compassionate, caring teacher for a total of 25 years. She taught 7 years in the Kansas City Public School District, 6 years in Jefferson Parrish, and 12 years in the Cy-Fair Independent School District. . Edith was friendly and outgoing. Her beautiful smile was contagious and welcoming, making strangers instant friends. She was warm, compassionate, and giving. She would cheerfully help those in need, you didn't have to ask. She enjoyed spending time with friends. Her curiosity and love of reading led her to travel extensively around the country to the places she read about; the UAE, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. She was preceded in death by her parents Nathaniel and Myrtle Dunbar. She leaves to mourn her passing: her brother Nathaniel Dunbar of Concord, California; her sisters, Betty Jones, Aileen Pruitt, Rena Goodwin (Dennis) of Kansas City, Missouri, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, In lieu of flowers, donations in Edith's name may be made to the ALS Association.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

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Wynetta (Wy) Hayslett

February 8, 2020

I already wrote a memory, but I wanted to send condolences and prayers to Edi's Family.

LaToya Booker

February 8, 2020

Mrs. Dunbar was one the strongest people I know! She was bold! She was courageous! She was truly an advocate for her students and the voice for teachers. Her heart overflowed with passion for teaching. Her passion was displayed daily. I love you Edith. Your presence is in my classroom. Thank you for everything you gave me as I walked into my new journey as a First Grade teacher. You earned your wings. You entered the pearly gates of heaven. Rest, you are at peace with your heavenly father!
Love you, and enjoy your heavenly home.
LaToya Booker

Amanda Meissner

February 8, 2020

Dunbar; the strongest person(ality) I have ever met. You always had my back. You helped me to survive the last 6.5years of teaching. You taught me so much: how to hug, how to love EVERYONE, how to make people feel valued, how to laugh....alot, how to give and give and give. I could always count on you to give me a good eye roll for all of my crazy ideas...I’m sure those are continuing at this very moment. Mila will forever hear stories of her Auntie Edith. It has been a rough school year without my partner, but you’re always in my heart and on my mind. I love you Ms. Dunbar.

D “Mickey” DeFrance

February 8, 2020

Words aren’t enough to explain what you meant to our family over the 20 plus years I’ve known you . I will miss your loud crazy laugh and our back and forth meaningless battles all about nothing. I will miss the passion you had in your eyes when you talked about your school children. We won’t get to tease you as we often did about how your eyes bucked whenever you got excited ! “ Whoa Edith dont looked Iike that “ and you would just chuckle . Thank you for treating your nieces and nephews like your very own kids , especially my 3 boys . I believe our family had been truly blessed to have had such a kind hearted strong women to rub shoulders with, to enjoy vacations, holidays and any times we where all together. Wow I still can’t believe your gone. Rest in piece .....I Love You forever and Always “ Mickey”

Wynetta Hayslett

February 8, 2020

Edi, as I called you, I met you and Lorna when we went to college together at U.M.K.C. We were all studying to be Elementary School Teachers and had classes together. Our classes were very hard, but all three of us being together made it fun! We would hang out together in the cafeteria and IMC after classes. After we graduated, we had more fun times going out to eat and other places. You would always say something funny and keep us laughing! I will truly miss us being together and can't believe that you are gone. Hope to see you on the other side. Love you!

Irene Ruiz

February 8, 2020

Ms. Dunbar,
You will always be remembered for your passion, bright smile and generous gestures. Thank you for the unconditional love and countless hours you committed to your students and to your M. Robinson family. Your legacy will continue to live on through the many lives you have impacted.

Lacy Fowler

February 7, 2020

Dunbar as I have always called you. I have struggled with what to write because I have so many memories I could share. Here are just a few: you filling my SUV of food for 2 families that neither of us had ever met because I reached out to you the night before asking if you could donate a few canned goods to some families I had adopted for Christmas. 2 summers ago when Don had his 2nd knee replacement surgery you went to Cracker Barrel and bought 2 days worth of meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner) for both of us even though we usually share a meal. When I visited you in August even though you could not speak you could still write and ohhh did you write and still tell it like it was. My heart ached seeing you struggle the last 7 months with this horrible illness. I do take comfort in knowing you are now no longer in pain (also, thank you for already taking care of business in Heaven and getting things done). My goal is to put books in many of your students hands over the next few months. I love you my sister, my friend . Fowler

Valerie Toval

February 6, 2020

I first met Edith when I substituted at M. Robinson Elementary. She made me feel like part of the M Robinson family immediately. I can still see that giant Hershey’s candy bar that she gave me my first day there. I used to love to go to her classroom and talk to her. I would always tell her she had the cleanest and best smelling room ever. She loved those kids! She would stand in the hallway and I promise you everyone of them would stop and give her a hug. She was a tough teacher but those kids learned so much and were so disciplined. She made me laugh so hard that my stomach would ache. I had to beg her to stop! She was hilarious! Edith, I am so sorry that I did not get a chance to see you this year. I just found out a few days before you passed away. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that you would be gone. I miss you my friend. I hold on to the fact that I know you are no longer suffering and that you are with Jesus now. May God comfort your family and all those who knew and loved you. Until that day when we shall meet again at the feet of Jesus where there is no sunrise or sunset. I love you.
Valerie

Ileana Hernandez

February 6, 2020

Edith Dunbar,

I will always remember how supportive you were to me since my very first year of teaching. You always greeted me with a smile and a hug. You had a giving heart like no other, I remember having a student one year that was brand new to the country whose family had very little. We were talking about it one day and the next day you showed up to school with a huge bag of brand new clothes for her. You didn’t even want her family to know it came from you, you said “Just tell them someone donated it”. That shows how big of a heart you had and how you always thought of others. Ever since I was pregnant you always asked how my baby was doing and always asked to see pictures of her. You genuinely cared about all of your friends and our families, as we will always care for you. You will truly be missed. It is not a goodbye but a see you later my friend. May you Rest In Peace.

Daniel Hernandez

February 6, 2020

As a past student of hers, it breaks my heart to know one of my few favorite teachers and (for a bit) co-worker pass away. She was always an inspiration and never stopped believing in me as a student of hers. I always tell the 2 most memorable stories from back then. 1. The time when we were leaving to go home and as I gave her a big hug, I went for a good bye kiss. Never did I feel so embarrassed to do that as a kid and to this days it still brings me laughter. Then number 2. She always believed that I was a smart kid. My daily work was always bad grades, but for some reason when it came to the tests, I always passed with an A. She always smiled as it made me happy to get a nice grade. I can never forget her smile, and I can never forget these memories that I cherish.

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