Eleanor Louise Dunne

June 1, 1927 - January 16, 2014
Eleanor Louise Dunne

Eleanor Louise Dunne, 86, passed away in her home in Wilmington on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eleanor was born in Merrick, New York on June 1, 1927. She married the late George Richard Dunne in 1948 and they lived in Smithtown, New York, before relocating to Wrightsville Beach in 1971.

Eleanor is survived by her sister, Marie Zacher, of New York City, and three children: daughter and son-in law Barbara and William Lia, of Wilmington; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Cathy Dunne, of Cornelius; and daughter Laura Dunne of Chapel Hill. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jason, Michael, Daniel, Kristen, Anna, Stacy, William, Kelsey and Evan.

Her passions included animals, playing bridge, knitting, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed daily walks with her dog, Kaylee, along the UNCW trails behind her house.

A celebration service is being held today, January 21, between 11 am and 1 pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind located in Smithtown, New York
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • January 19, 2014
    Sheila Osann says:
    I knew Ellie from playing bridge. She was a great marathon partner and fun person to know. She always gave of herself and I've been the lucky recipient of her kindness. She crocheted snowflakes for my Christmas tree after her attempts to teach a lefty how to crocheted failed. I will miss her

  • January 20, 2014
    Lori and Don Harrow says:
    Dear Gary, Cathy and all the Dunne family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May you find comfort in each other and your special memories. We send love and hugs your way.

  • January 21, 2014
    Jim Davis says:
    Barbara, Gary and Laura: We are saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Aunt Ellie. Know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jim, Lori and James

  • January 21, 2014
    Shannon McFall says:
    Gary, Laura & Barbara - I'm so sorry for your loss. Aunt Ellie was truly the sweetest lady. I was lucky enough to spend some additional time visiting my Nana and Aunt Ellie down in Wilmington back in my 20's/30's. I adored her as a kid but I really enjoyed being around her as an adult. I still think of her anytime I see cute little hippos, too, as I remember how much she liked them. I hope your mom and my Nana and Aunt Aggie and Uncle Willie are all whooping it up in Heaven right now... With my deepest sympathy and much love, Shannon

  • January 25, 2014
    Sue Roberts says:
    Ellie and I shared many good times when we worked at Hungates together. My deepest sympathy to the family. Sue Roberts