ForeverMissed
It is with profound sadness that the family of MaryLee Dunbar announce her peaceful passing of natural causes in Bothell, WA on August 3, 2021 at the age of 96 years.

Her family will remember MaryLee as a feisty and spirited lady, a woman overflowing with life and energy.  She was fiercely proud of her “small but mighty” family, and she enjoyed bringing smiles to the faces of those around her. Her caretakers were precious to her, and she thought of them as her Chateau family.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Leslie Masters, Wanda Merz, and Debra Nelson; her 3 grandchildren: Jo Anna Bredenkamp, Matthew Merz, and Lillian AbouHarb; her 5 great grandchildren; and her numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be dearly missed by her friends, including those at the Chateau Bothell Landing. She is also survived by her sister, Margery Hedman, and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her loving husband of 54 years, Ward Dunbar; and by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Hiroe Mendenhall.

At the family’s request, a private event will be held when the dangers of the novel coronavirus subside. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Chateau Bothell Landing for their exemplary care, compassion, and kindness.
Posted by Debra Nelson on October 13, 2021
My Mother loved people,
bowling, laughter, and dance.
Her smile lit the world, as she stole centerstage.
My Mother strove to be, yearned to be, more.
A breaker of boundaries, a champion.
She was generous, chatty, and full of life.
My Mother was soulful, fluid, vulnerable,
and made of steel.
She was bold, defiant, resolute.
My mother loved writing limericks, telling jokes,
to sing, draw and paint.
She made beautiful cards, gave them freely.
My mother loved people, was kind,
and liked to make you smile.
Hers will be greatly missed.

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Posted by Debra Nelson on October 13, 2021
My Mother loved people,
bowling, laughter, and dance.
Her smile lit the world, as she stole centerstage.
My Mother strove to be, yearned to be, more.
A breaker of boundaries, a champion.
She was generous, chatty, and full of life.
My Mother was soulful, fluid, vulnerable,
and made of steel.
She was bold, defiant, resolute.
My mother loved writing limericks, telling jokes,
to sing, draw and paint.
She made beautiful cards, gave them freely.
My mother loved people, was kind,
and liked to make you smile.
Hers will be greatly missed.
her Life

Early Life

MaryLee was born in Deer Park, WA on July 19, 1925 to Mark Francis Mendenhall Jr and Cleo Rachel Markwick Mendenhall. She spent her childhood in Spokane with her beloved grandparents, William and Myrtle Markwick. She graduated from Lewis & Clark High School, class of 1943.

Adulthood

As a young woman, she moved to Seattle, WA and married Ward Leslie Dunbar on August 16, 1947. She became a champion bowler in a local league, audited engineering courses at the University of Washington, and raised her three daughters. She served her community, including the local PTA and March of Dimes; canvassed to support local schools; and volunteered and worked at a local hospital. In 1968, she and her husband moved to Lake Sammamish, where they enjoyed hosting gatherings of friends and family.

Retirement

Retirement took Mary Lee and Ward through a number of moves in Washington: a hill-top house in Bellevue; a smaller new house in Puyallup; and finally, a happy home at Friendly Village in Redmond. They enjoyed being an active part of that community until MaryLee was widowed on July 1, 2002. Upon her husband’s passing, she decided to move into a retirement community, where her needs for social interaction and activity were well-met. Here, she discovered her love of the arts, including crafts of all kinds, singing, and poetry. She participated in many community activities, such as the choir, craft and exercise classes, and the hospitality team, where she welcomed new residents and made them feel at home.
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