Charleyne Mildred Harlan Dunn was born to Charley Jay and Letha (Barnhart) Harlan on May 5, 1926 in New Mexico. Her family moved to Colorado where she grew up.
Charleyne married Ralph James Dunn, the love of her life, on Dec. 29, 1947 in Albuquerque, NM. Her sister Lafaye Harlan Stuller and her husband Earl Stuller were present.
She and Ralph moved to Moab in 1947. Ralph was a uranium miner, owner of Moab Truck Center until the 1990s when he retired. Loving husband, great father, and all around good man. Ralph died Nov. 3, 1997
Charleyne was a housewife, mother and good friend to many. Many friends feel they had a second mom and dad with the Dunn family. Family and friends remember her for her open kitchen with delicious meals, home-baked bread, and incredible pies. She kept a beautiful home in Moab until she needed to move to Grand Junction, Colo., in October of 2014 where her daughter, Vicky Dunn Thurlow, cared for her.
She enjoyed her family, good friends, swimming, hiking, camping, music and dancing. Lots of dancing. She enjoyed her ice-cold Bud Lights, salty margaritas, and her chilled red wine that she drank with Lisa Day Ekkar, her best friend until weeks before she died.
Charleyne died on July 10, 2018. She was 92 years old (and still had beautiful skin).
She is preceded in death by her siblings Gale, Lafaye and Wesley; and by her husband Ralph James Dunn.
She is survived by her sons, Danny Austin Dunn, M.D., of Farmington, NM; Russell James Dunn of Nampa, ID; her daughter, Vicky Dunn Thurlow of Grand Junction, Colo.; her brother Gary Harlan of Monticello, Utah; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Charleyne did not want any services. Instead, she said, “Put me with your dad’s ashes and you can put us anywhere you want. Then, just dance and have a margarita.” Then she smiled that beautiful Charlie Brown smile. Waving good-bye for now, Mom.