Gunn, Dorothy June (Hovelson)

August 29, 1925 - January 9, 2021

Dorothy June Gunn, formerly of Pinehurst, North Carolina, passed away in Frisco, Texas, on January 9, 2021, at 95.  There will be a private family service.

Dorothy was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 29, 1925, to Chester Hovelson and Ann (Zver) Hovelson.  She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy,  attended the colleges of St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican) in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Catherine in St. Paul, majoring in English and Communications.  Her professional experience in Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and California, included editing a house organ, editing scientific papers, writing advertising copy, institutional publicity, radio commercials, procedure manuals, and a weekly newspaper column.  Dorothy married John Hamje in 1947 in Columbus, and soon moved to New Jersey and began a family of eventually five children.  The family relocated to Dallas, Texas, in 1957, and Dorothy saw her children into high school and college and enjoyed working part-time for The Horchow Collection, Preston State Bank, and The Hockaday School. Dorothy married Richard “Dick” Gunn in 1989 at the Fern Grotto in Kauai, Hawaii, and moved from San Jose, California to Pinehurst, following a trip to Hilton Head, where they lived until Dick’s death.  Dorothy returned to the Dallas area until her death.

Dorothy was active in the Catholic communities wherever she resided, from the Catholic Youth Center, St. Anne’s Society, PTAs to serving as a Eucharistic minister. She volunteered at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst and was recognized for over 1600 hours of service spanning 13 years. Dorothy excelled in anything she attempted and was often in a leadership position. 

Dorothy had a creative side and loved to write, participate in amateur theater, dance, sing, sew, and paint. One of her short stories and children’s books received awards at the Texas Pro-Am Writer’s Rally.  Her watercolor paintings and sewing creations won many ribbons on her entries to the State Fair of Texas and the Pinehurst Centennial Country Fair for her strawberry nut bread. Dorothy enjoyed good food, was a great cook, and had a touch for decorating.  Dorothy and Dick spent their retirement years traveling and playing golf.

Dorothy never met a stranger and would engage anyone in conversation and had a fantastic sense of humor.  She will be missed by those who loved her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Ann Hovelson; her husbands John F. Hamje and Richard E. Gunn and her son, Mark E. Hamje.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Hamje and husband David Volpone of Dallas, Texas; her son, John Hamje and wife, Paula of Olympia, Washington; her daughter, Teresa Masdon, and husband Scott of The Colony, Texas; her son, Matthew Hamje, and his wife; Vena of Dallas, Texas; her sister, Jeanne Broenen of San Jose, California; her brother, Bob Hovelson and wife; Kate of Lillydale, Minnesota; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, her favorite charity, or to a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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