OBITUARY

Mary Susie Dunham

May 6, 1946July 20, 2021

Mary Susan Dunham was born in 1946 in Bremerton, WA to James Ralph and Henrietta Bradshaw. She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Joseph Robert Dunham, her parents, and her oldest brother Chuck Ralph.

Mary was a devoted Catholic, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved birds, loved birds: watching them, reading about them, and figuring out their names. And she loved feeding them and watching them on the front porch with a cuppa coffee! She fell in love with quilting; cutting and laying out patterns, struggling with which colors fit with others – she was so happy to provide comfort and love, if you are lucky enough to have one of Mom’s quilts, please enjoy every snuggle. Sports were her escape, she loved College Basketball, March Madness was one of the best times of every year. It didn’t stop there; she could be caught watching PGA golf on a Sunday, every Notre Dame and Denver Bronco game, and the occasional English soccer match. Mary loved a good brunch with friends and family, she thrived when presented with the opportunity to share stories and conversation.

Mary (Susie to her Ralph family) is survived by her children Julie Feckner (husband Michael Feckner) and Luke Dunham and her grandchildren Jocelyn Guzman (husband Alex Guzman) and Joseph Redding. She is survived by 3 brothers: Tom Ralph (wife Patti), James Ralph (wife Mary), and Jack Norton (wife Carla). Our Mother had kind and loving heart; her smile was infectious – she had the amazing gift to bring light to conversation. She will be missed by all who had the opportunity to share one of those conversations. We love you Mama, “Best Mom Ever”.

Services

30 July

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

12735 W. 58th Avenue
Arvada, Colorado 80002

30 July

Committal Service

1:30 pm

Olinger Crown Hill Tower of Memories

7777 West 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033

Memories

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Nancy Varner

July 23, 2021

What wonderful times we had – from camping and skiing adventures with our growing families to solo trips later on. From Thunder Bob’s to Saratoga Inn, from the lek in Wray to watch the prairie chickens dance, (more than once, we were slow learners), to Nebraska and the San Luis valley to watch the Sandhill Cranes migrate, to Santa Fe, San Antonio, Santa Rosa Island, to Cape Cod and many, many places in between, we wandered. For over 45 years it seemed like no matter what hairbrained trip I came up with, Mary never said no. Who could ask for a better friend and traveling partner than that? She was genuinely interested in everything and met every new experience with delight. She never had a cross word for anyone or anything – except if her team lost and lately regarding politics. She was a wonder and I will miss her so much. Travel happily, my friend Mary.

Sara LeMaster

July 22, 2021

I was always comfortable and content with Mary. She had that effect on people. Sometimes we sat, drank coffee, and discussed world affairs. Didn’t matter if we agreed or not. I respected her and her opinion. She respected me and mine. She was, as so many have noted, a sweet spirit, but she was also intelligent and insightful. She didn’t suffer fools gladly. She just had more patience with them than many of us did.🙂 Sometimes we went out for adventures, sometimes spent whole days doing arts and crafts. She always appreciated my artistic endeavors and I was amazed by her quilting wizardry. I have and cherish many gifts of her work. She taught me how to make pie crust and make cakes from scratch. She was devoutly religious and one of the few people I ever knew who didn’t preach, just did her best to live as Jesus taught. Mary, I wish I were half as good as you were. Rest In Peace and, if it’s possible, please be one of those there to greet me on the other side.

Pam &Sara Milmoe

July 22, 2021

Dear sweet Mary ~ we miss you! You are such a bright light, sharp, funny and wow such a great heart. We have had so much fun with you and Luke trying new brunch menus and locations, Chinese takeout on the back porch and Red Silo or Starbucks on the front. We’ve enjoyed going for drives, talking about books, gardening and of course our shared love of cats! So glad you had a peaceful transition. We’ll miss your glowing smile and the twinkle in your eyes. We love you! Xoxo!

Pamela Feckner

July 22, 2021

Mary, I am so sad to know we won't be together in this time and place, but we will meet again. I will miss all our conversations and fun times....tea and scones, book browsing, watching
birds. You have changed me. What you have given to me will never be forgotten. I learned to be a better person, because I knew you.
We will meet again my friend. I love you ,dear, sweet Mary.

Luke Dunham

July 22, 2021

She loved a good Broadway Show!

Out favourite show was the 25th Anniversary production of Les Mis at the Queen’s Theatre in London.

Luke Dunham

July 22, 2021

We loved going to Rapids Matches - look at that smile.

Julie Dunham Feckner

July 22, 2021

I love you Mom!