Irene Evelyn Dunn / September 17, 1919 – August 4, 2018 / Obituary

Irene Evelyn Dunn

September 17, 1919 – August 4, 2018


Obituary for Irene Evelyn Dunn

Irene Evelyn Dunn, 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at home in Lake Alfred, FL.
Irene was born in Brooklyn, NY, on September 17, 1919, the daughter of Charles A. and Georgiana Ross Smith. She was raised in Brooklyn, where she received her high school diploma. She then graduated from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City.
Irene was a veteran of World War II. She served as priorities and traffic officer from January of 1943 to May of 1946 in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She was stationed at various locations throughout the U.S. and was discharged honorably with the rank of Captain. Over the following years Irene held
administrative positions at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and at Homestead AFB in Homestead, FL, retiring from the U.S. civil service in the late ’70s. During her early retirement years Irene enjoyed cruises, traveling, crafts, and attending Miami Dolphin football games. Always an avid reader, in her later years she kept up with current events and enjoyed card games, board games, bingo and attending the theater with friends at Spring Haven Retirement in Winter Haven, FL, where she also loved watching the birds on Lake Hartridge and the beautiful sunsets from her lakeview apartment. Irene was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winter Haven, FL.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Lt. Col. Hardie M. Dunn, Jr. (USAF, Ret.), and by her brother, Harold Smith, a decorated World War II veteran, who passed away December 2017 at the age of 99. She is survived by her children: daughter, Diane J. Dunn, Lake Alfred, FL, stepson, Hardie M. Dunn, III, and his wife, Susan, of San Mateo, CA, and stepdaughter, Whitney Meron Zack, of Salt Lake City, UT. She is also survived by her nephew, Bruce Smith, and his wife, Jean, of East Meadow, NY, and niece, Bobette Karp, of Gorham, ME. A Celebration of Life for Irene will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 656 Avenue L, N.W., Winter Haven, FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of a veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent at