Carolyn W. Dunham

May 30, 1937 ‒ March 11, 2021

Dayton, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Carolyn W. Dunham, 83, of Dayton formerly of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home.  She was born on May 30, 1937 in Mount Vernon to the late George and Martha (Hawkins) Wagner.

​Carolyn graduated from both Mt Vernon High School and the Ohio State University. She was a retired teacher and member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church. Family & Travelling were passions her entire life. Her move back to Ohio in the 1990’s allowed her to remain close to family, reconnect with classmates, and make new friends. She spent considerable time with her son’s family and formed a very special bond with both granddaughters. Travel was a lifelong experience. It started with her, a young college student, borrowing her father’s convertible and driving from Ohio to Colorado for the summer. She especially loved spending time with Gayle & Julia on their sailboat in the Bahamas. She was aunt to many special nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.  Finally, quilting and quilt retreats with friends played a large part of her Mt Vernon life.

​Carolyn is survived by her children, Gayle Dunham (Wife: Julia Ashmun), and Scott Dunham; (Wife: Carrie, Grandchildren: Molly & Abby)

​In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Dunham in 1999 and her brother, G. Daniel Wagner in 2017.

​Due to the current pandemic, the family decided to delay any services. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11a.m. on July 17, 2021 at the Mound View Cemetery, 307 Wooster Rd, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050 with Mr. Roger Marra officiating.  Following the service, there will be social gathering from 1p.m. until 3p.m. at the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Carolyn will be laid to rest beside her husband, Robert in Mound View Cemetery.

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  • Rest In Peace Dear Friend, You fought a valiant fight and now you are free of the oxygen and suffering. We are so glad that we were able to spend fun times with you at Donatos on those fun Monday nights. You will be sorely missed by all who had the opportunity to know you. Please give Bob, his folks, your folks, and especially Danny big hugs for us. We are sending our deepest sympathy to your family and we share in their loss. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • I am so sorry to learn about Carolyn. Car0lyn and I were friends since high school and when she moved back to Mt. Vernon, she was a friend to so many people. Carolyn was “our” driver whenever “the group” wanted to visit a classmate in Ohio, she always said she would drive. I called and wrote to her often after she moved to Dayton to be near her family. I will miss her. Betty (Wagstaff) Dice

  • Carolyn and I met in 2nd grade at the 2nd Ward elementary school. We were friends through high school playing in the band. My most memorable moment with Carolyn was when she was riding my scooter and I was riding her bicycle. We crashed and she had a cut over her eye. I walked her home with the bike and told her mother what had happened. She never held it against me that she had a scar and should have had stitches.
    Kaye (Snyder) Hainer
    Lamar, Colorado

  • My earliest memory of my cousin Carolyn was when she was at Ohio State and I would have been no older than 7 or 8. She taught me how to make a little cardboard loom for weaving a small bag or purse. I think it was a school project but it was wonderful for me. I always looked up to my pretty cousin. Fast forward to being “grown up” and getting to visit with her most Wagner Saturdays at Watts. We talked about everything from knitting to quilting to travel and cooking. She was a great listener and an engaging conversationalist. Another memory was her hosting Daddy’s 75th? Surprise Birthday party at her house. It went off perfectly. I last saw Carolyn when Mother passed away and she came to the graveside service then joined us at Bun’s. I phoned her not long ago and could tell that quarantining was hard for her even tho her oxygen use made it doubly difficult to leave her house. She was glad she had moved to Dayton and always was happy to talk about her family. Thanks for the memories Carolyn, that’s what life is quilted from.