Alice M. Dunbar




(April 8, 1915-August 9, 2004)


MASSENA--Funeral services for Alice M. Dunbar, 89, of 447 Leslie Road, a former resident of 37 Bishop Ave. for many years, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Massena, with Rev. Herbert E. Spence, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Norwood.

Calling hours will be held today from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena.

Mrs. Dunbar died Monday (Aug. 9, 2004) morning at her home.

She is survived by three sons: Richard Dunbar and Judy Kemper, Palo Alto, Calif., Bruce Dunbar, Massena, David and Kathy, Remsen; two daughters, Jean and Ronald Arnold, Ontario, Canada, Marjorie and Paul Pang, La Mirada, Calif., and Hong Kong; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Olive and Robert Haggett, Norwood, Betty Kirk, Norwood, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three sisters, Helen Breakey in 1988, Ethel Matson in 1988 and Mildred Orr in 2004; and three brothers, Rev. Ray Morgan in 1991, Clyde Morgan in 1991 and Fred Morgan in 1994.

She was born April 8, 1915 in Norwood, the daughter of the late Edson H. and Alta L. (Marsh) Morgan. She was a 1931 graduate of the Norwood High School. She later attended and graduated from the Potsdam State Normal School in 1934.

She married LeRoy A. Dunbar on March 26, 1938 at the parsonage in Oswego, with the Rev. William Thomas officiating. Mr. Dunbar predeceased her on July 6, 1978.

Before her marriage, she taught at the country schools in Norfolk and then at the Norfolk School. She later taught fourth grade at Washington and Jefferson elementary schools, Massena, starting in 1956. She retired in 1972.

She played the organ for the Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. She directed the choir and played the organ at the First United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church.

She also taught piano at her home for several years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, where she was involved in many church activities.

She enjoyed square dancing and sewing. She and her late husband also enjoyed their camp that they built on Lake Ozonia for over 50 years. Until last year, she had spent the 10 previous winters in Sarasota, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.


(From the Tuesday, August 10, 2004 edition of the Daily Courier-Observer, page 7).