Let the energy and spirit of Elaine be with us forever.
  • 73 years old
  • Born on October 9, 1945 in Pasadena, California, United States.
  • Passed away on October 18, 2018 in Newport Beach, California, United States.
Elaine Halliburton Dunn, 73, passed away peacefully surround by her family in her Newport beach home on Oct 18, 2018 after a four-year struggle with cancer.  Born in Pasadena California on October 9th, 1945 to the late Erle P. Halliburton Jr. of Los Angeles and Jane Miller of Kansas City, she is also preceded in death by her husband Michael Dunn. Oct 18th would have been their 50th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her children Allyson and Eric Bunting and Deirdre and John McDonald and her cherished five grandchildren Jackson, Avery and Haley McDonald and Will and Cate Bunting as well as three devoted dogs. She is also survived by her brother, Erle P. Halliburton III and half siblings Duncan Halliburton, Kathleen Ross, Jennifer Calderwood and Sara Halliburton.
After attending La Chatelainie in Switzerland, The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, University of Denver and University of Kansas, she married and settled in Kansas City Missouri to begin her life with Michael Dunn as wife, mother and business owner. In 1979 her new family returned to California where she became a long-time community volunteer and professional. Throughout her career as an architect she enjoyed being a lifelong learner and embraced technology and the digital evolution.  Elaine was a longtime collector of modern art and design whose simple form and bold color influenced her personal style. Those who knew her held her in high regard for her good taste and creative talents.
Known affectionately as ‘Zippy’ to her family for her positivity and sparkly personality - Elaine buoyed all who knew her with her enthusiasm, curiosity and zest for life. She loved sharing her passion for the arts and outdoors with friends and family. 

Her memory will endure forever in our hearts.

Please join us in Celebrating Elaine's life Friday November 16th, 2018 at the Balboa Yacht Club were we will share stories. 12:30-3:00. Feel free to honor Zippy with colorful attire. 

Kindly RSVP to allyson.bunting@gmail.com

Allyson Bunting and Deirdre McDonald

Posted by Constance Hoepner on 16th November 2018
Elaine, my friend, confidant and walking buddy, you are missed. Always with a positive attitude and a creative approach, challenges were discussed and solved. Inbred class and tenacity were your core a an independent woman. Although the body has gone, the soul lives on. Save a place for me, "The best is yet to be."
Posted by Allyson Bunting on 15th November 2018
Once we were young, foolish and happy having babies all at the same time. Those days will always be fond memories of Mike and Lannie. Love, Frank
Posted by Adrienne Barr on 13th November 2018
We knew Elaine as Will and Cate's "Zippy," and that she was! We will forever remember her with a big smile on her face in a wacky Halloween costume lighting the way with happiness for her lovely grandchildren. What a wonderful spirit she had, and that will live on in her children and her grandchildren. She will be missed. -Adrienne, Eric, Michael and Jake Barr
Posted by Marietta Coleman on 13th November 2018
I miss Elaine for her friendship, tenacity, warm wit and smile. We shared many insightful conversations about politics, investments and life in general and always could not help shaking our heads and laughing about it. We had a common outlook on life and I will miss our glass of wine and quiet talks. She was a good friend and neighbor and Bay Hill will be empty without her. My heart is where I will keep the memory of her.
Posted by Randolph Mahoney on 12th November 2018
Elaine was an amazing, engaged, and exceptionally warm person. She truly lit up a room when she entered, and made all who knew her a better person. Her warm hug and genuine smile were both her "trademarks," and I am better for having known her. My only regret is that with geographical distance, we did not see each other more, particularly in recent years. The world is truly a better place because of your presence, and we are all sad because you are no longer with us. Love to all of the Family, Randy
Posted by Linda Jensen on 11th November 2018
Your mother had kindness in her bones. Her sparkle and positivity will remain a cherished memory. I knew Elaine through yoga. For the past five years, we had many classes and lunches. She was easy to love and I miss her. Linda
Posted by Dru Raley on 11th November 2018
So many memories of good times spent in California with Elaine! We met at a video convention shortly after I arrived from New York in 1991. We had adventures with ITVA. We had many dog walks, dinners, parties, & talks about our kids! All girls! When I moved back to NY Elaine & friend visited me in the hamptons & spent time with friends here in a local harbor restaurant, lots of fun. Guess water was the draw for both of us on each coast ... the best! I will miss you dearly good friend, my thoughts & prayers are with your loved ones. Hope your pups go along with you for the ride! Love, Dru❤️
Posted by Erika Gentry on 9th November 2018
I loved your mom - what a touching tribute and photographs. A beautiful woman inside and out. So saddened by your loss. Love to you all. -Erika Gentry

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