Phyllis Dunn 1946-2020
Phyllis Lynn “Sha ne gish go kwe” Dunn, 73, Mayetta, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at a Topeka hospital.
She was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Holton, the daughter of Richard “Dick” and Josie Wamego Pahmahmie. She graduated from Mayetta High School in 1964 and later from Albuquerque Indian Nursing School as an LPN.
Mrs. Dunn worked as an LPN at Topeka nursing homes, Staten Island, N.Y. Veteran’s Hospital, Sunny Side Hospital and Bon Secour in Port Jervis, N.Y., and retired in 2008.
She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
She married Walter William “Buddy” Dunn on Aug. 16, 1969, in Milford, Pa. He died March 25, 2007. She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Merle “Tuffy” in 1995, Roy in 2001, Albert in 2009 and Henry in 2009; and a sister-in-law, Joy Pahmahmie.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen “Kathy Jo” Gentile and husband Martin, Mayetta, and Nicole Hernandez and husband Ramon, Scranton, Pa.; a son, Jeffrey Dunn and wife Jacqueline Viserta, Milford, Pa.; two sisters, Dolly Richard and husband Mike and Anita Evans and husband Mando, all of Mayetta; three brothers, Richard Pahmahmie Jr. and wife Pam, Lawrence Pahmahmie and Alan “Boney” Pahmahmie and wife Brenda, all of Mayetta; six grandchildren, Mia and Ronin Gentile, Kyler and Ramon Hernandez and Kirsten and Dominique Dunn; and in-laws, Phyllis Pahmahmie, Topeka, Joan Pahmahmie, Mayetta, Bill and Kathleen Roberts, Hawley, Pa., and Patrick Dunn, Port Jervis, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mrs. Dunn’s life will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Wah wak sum Cemetery.