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Catherine Dunn Ely
March 27, 1926 - March 21, 2021
Burleson, Texas – Catherine Dunn Ely, age 94, passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of her savior on March 21, 2021. Catherine, who was born March 27, 1926 in Strawn, TX, was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She l…read more
Burleson, Texas – Catherine Dunn Ely, age 94, passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of her savior on March 21, 2021. Catherine, who was born March 27, 1926 in Strawn, TX, was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She lived her life depending on her strong faith in God which sustained her through so many tough times.
She was preceded in death by her parents: William Alcy Dunn and Maggie Mae Stump; her husband C.L. Ely Jr.; daughter: Tammy (Ely) Arnold; her sister: Bonnie McKinnon and her brothers: Dale Dunn, Ed Dunn, Lee Dunn, and Jack Dunn.
She is survived in death by her two sons: Jimmy Ely and wife, Geneva of Cleburne, TX and Randy Ely and wife, Kathy of Midlothian, TX, along with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
After graduation from high school in 1944, Catherine met the love of her life C.L. Ely Jr, the son of an oil field roughneck turned farmer. Their marriage was destined to wait while C.L. served as a torpedo bomber crewman in the South Pacific off the aircraft carrier Essex in WWII. The couple wed on April 17, 1945 and settled in Lake Worth, Texas in 1951 where C.L. worked for the Convair Aircraft Company for the next twenty five years. The couple raised three children Jimmy Ely born 1946, Randy Ely born 1952, and Tammy Ely born 1958.
In 1972 C.L. was severely and permanently disabled by a massive heart attack. Following C.L.’s death in 1983, Catherine took on full time employment, having never worked outside the home, along with raising the two children still living at home. Literally, reinventing herself, Catherine worked for the Lake Worth School System in both cafeteria and janitorial supervision until retirement over twenty years later. Catherine moved to Martin’s Mill in East Texas in 2007 to live close to her Daughter and family and was surrounded by family, kids, cats, and country.
Catherine lived out her most recent years in the Cleburne area near her sons and their families and thrived in the company of three generations of grandchildren. She lived a full life and despite failing health over many years, rarely complained–preferring to provide hope and counsel to her family from her nine-plus decades of life experiences. She will truly leave a void in the lives of our family but her contributions to each of our lives will forever be remembered and cherished.
Graveside Service: 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 27, 2021
Azleland Memorial Park, 850 N. Cardinal Rd., Reno, TX 76020
The Reverend Gary Cox will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to: L. O. Bud Irby Senior Center/Senior Services and/or Mary Lou Reddick Public Library both at 7005 Charbonneau Rd., Lake Worth, TX 76135.