It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Patricia Kaye Dunham on April 23, 2023, at the age of 82. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.
Patty was born on August 17, 1940, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Dulcie and Clarence Crandall. She attended Bloomington High School before pursuing higher education at Indiana University. Patty was a homemaker, who supported her husband in building his business.
Patty found joy in many things, but none more than her family. She was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Thomas H. Dunham. Her daughters, Jane A. Wainwright, and Jennifer K. Kinker were the light of her life, and her seven grandchildren, Jordan A. Wainwright, Jonah T. Wainwright, Jacob J. Wainwright, Joseph H. Kinker, Joshua P. Kinker, Bianca R. Kinker, and Jackson A. Kinker, were a constant source of pride and joy.
Patty filled her home with love, always quick with a kind word, a wink, or a smile. She enjoyed gardening and cooking, and her dishes were a feast for both the eye and the palate. She embraced each guest who entered her home with extreme warmth and hospitality. Patty was a founding member of Center Grove Presbyterian Church, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the church and its community. She was also active in the Women’s Bible Study Fellowship, where she was a discussion leader for many years.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Dulcie and Clarence Crandall, her brothers, Robert, Winfred, and John Crandall, her sister, Dulcie Brinegar, and her niece, Debra Jean. She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years, Thomas H. Dunham, her daughters, Jane A. Wainwright (Jim), and Jennifer K. Kinker (Joe), her sister, Dorothy S. Cole, and her sister-in-law, Sarah Crandall, and her seven grandchildren.
Friends and family may gather at Center Grove Church, 2340 S. St. Rd. 135, Greenwood, Indiana, on Monday, May 29, 2023, at 10:00 am followed by a celebration of Patty’s life at 11:00 am. In place of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) and the Center Grove Missions Committee.
Patty will always be remembered for her kindness, her warmth, and her unwavering love for her family and friends. We join in mourning her passing and celebrating the beautiful life she lived.