Marjorie Lois Winkler Dunham entered into restful peace, Friday, May 17, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born in Rozel, Kansas, Sept. 3, 1915 to Albert and Rosa Lena Winker. She was the 11th of 12 children whose parents emigrated to the United States from Germany in the mid 1800s. Her father was a wheat farmer so all of her youth she lived on the farm which had no modern conveniences as we know them today.
Marjorie married Claude Dunham, Dec. 24, 1939 in Rozel Kansas and moved to Albuquerque where they raised their family until 1956 when the family moved to Farmington, New Mexico during the oil and gas boom. Both Marjorie and Claude were instrumental in organizing the San Juan County ARC and worked hard to get schools to accept Mentally Challenged individuals as students. This was in the late 1950s and 60s when the subject was taboo.
Marjorie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Farmington and attended the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist in Kearny, Arizona.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings, her husband Claude Dunham, daughter Nancy Dunham Graham and son Forrest Dunham. She is survived by her sister, Lola Winkler Heimer; children, Rosalind (Art) Padilla, Ron (Linda) Dunham, Dan (Dinorah) Dunham; grandchildren, Danny (Stacey) Padilla, Nicole Dray, Trevor (Kelly) Dunham, Jeremy (Tammy)Dunham, Jonah (Holly) Dunham, Art (Priscilla) Padilla, Kenny (Tiffany) Padilla, Kim (James) Holmes, Carla (Mike) Ramirez; great-grandchildren, Daniel Padilla, Isabella Padilla; Ethan (Victoria), Hannah and Emma Dray; Lilly Dunham; Chloe, Xavier, Tristan Dunham; Leslie and Shannon Graham and 13 extended Padillas; great-great-grandchildren, Jacob Dray and eight extended Padillas,
A memorial service was held in Kearny, Arizona at the Church of the Good Shepherd, May 22, 2013.
A service of Christian burial was held Thursday, May 30 at the First United Methodist Church of Farmington with interment immediately following at Green Lawn Cemetery in Farmington, New Mexico.
Arrangements were made by Buellar Funeral Home, Chandler, Arizona and Brewer, Lee and Larkin in Farmington New Mexico.