Delores M. Dunlap
Dunlap, Delores M. (nee Recker) age 89, Friday April 7, 2017. Beloved wife of the late David L. Dunlap, Sr. for 70 years. Dear mother of David Dunlap, Jr. (Ramona), the late Donald Dunlap, Douglas Dunlap (Donna La Beau), and Doreen Brueckmann (Jerry); adoring grandmother of Joshua Dunlap (Casey), Benjamin Dunlap (Heather Diehl), John Dunlap, Michael Dunlap (Emily), Genevieve Dunlap, Amanda Van Hooser (Charles), Lisa Simpkins (Mark), and Zackery La Beau; dear great-grandmother of Noah, Tobias, Olivia, Charlie, Jacob and Nicholas. Born in St. Louis, MO, she met the love of her life at the St. Louis USO while he was travelling from his home state of Pennsylvania to serve in the US Army during WWII; returning after the war to marry and settle in St. Louis. An amazingly devoted wife and mother, she readily volunteered for church and school committees, was a cub scout den mother, and served as the resident swim instructor for family, friends and neighborhood children. An avid swimmer, she was recognized by the city of Florissant for swimming more than 2,600 miles over the course of 40 years! As recently as last October she was still swimming three times a week. She shared a gardening passion with her mother. Both were active in their neighborhood garden clubs as well as the St. Louis Rose Society, winning multiple blue ribbons and best of show for her signature heirloom roses at local and regional flower shows. Always cheerful, her loving spirit made her one of the most selfless, giving people; easily making friends with anyone she met, even wrong numbers on the telephone. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Services: Funeral arrangements will be private and with immediate family. Memorial gifts may be made to Forest Park Forever, the Missouri Botanical Garden or a favorite charity.
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