Memorial services for Nancy Roofe Dunn, 76, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013, at Plymouth Congregational Church, with the Rev. Dr. Peter A. Luckey officiating. Private inurnment will take place at Pioneer Cemetery on the University of Kansas Campus.
Nancy Dunn died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, following a long illness.
She was born October 30, 1936, in Abilene, Kansas.
Nancy came to Lawrence in 1945 with her parents Paul Gibbons Roofe and Helen Waddell Roofe. As members of the University of Kansas community, Paul Roofe was Head of the Anatomy Department.
Nancy attended Lawrence public schools, graduating in 1954 as a member of the first graduating class from Lawrence High School. In 1958, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Design. She was a Life Member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association. She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Political Science Department.
In 1983, Nancy and James met at a Square Dance sponsored by Square De Lites Square Dance club, of which Nancy was a founder. They were married in the Althaus Chapel of Plymouth Church on October 1, 1983. The following month a square dance wedding reception was held at the church. James and Nancy enjoyed many forms of dancing: ballroom, Scottish country, clogging, in addition to square dancing.
She enjoyed knitting, beading, drawing, many arts and crafts activities, including consignment sales in Kansas and Florida. Gardening, including planting a fruit orchard, was a part of Nancy’s activities.
Nancy was a 50-year member of Plymouth Church, a life member of the Franklin County Historical Society, a board member of The Associated Landlords of Kansas, a member of Landlords of Lawrence, a Republican Precinct Committeewoman, a member of the League of Women’s Voters – Lawrence/Douglas County, Knife and Fork Club, Oread Neighborhood Association, Oread Residents Association, and Spencer Art Museum.
Nancy and James enjoyed traveling principally by intercity rail with departures and arrivals at the Lawrence Amtrak/BNSF Station. Train tours in the U.S. and Canada were on the American Orient Express and Grande Luxe Rail. Seventeen days were the greatest number of consecutive overnights on the rails.
Overseas travel included journeys to Antarctica, Europe, Africa, Australia-New Zealand, Hawaii, Caribbean Islands, and Central/South America. Nancy and James enjoyed theater trips to New York, the Berkshire of Western Massachusetts, Sanibel Island, Florida, and Orange County, California.
Nancy is survived by her husband, James C. Dunn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Church – Althaus Chapel Renovation Fund, Depot Redux, or the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.