, Salem, MA

December 30, 2013

Frances A. Dunn, 79

Essex — Frances A. “Pat” (Remsen) Dunn, 79, of Story Street, Essex, wife of the late John R. Dunn Jr., died on Saturday, December 28, 2013, in the Beverly Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born in Beverly on February 3, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Marcella (Burgess) Remsen. She was raised in Beverly, active in equestrian riding, and was a graduate of Beverly Public Schools. Married in 1951, the Dunns made their home in Danvers, then at the Warren Estate in Essex, where the Dunns were employed as caretakers for seven years. In 1962, they moved to her late Story Street address, from where she raised her family.

For 33 years, she was a school bus driver for the Essex School System, while owning and operating the former Dunn Farm Stand in Essex. Mrs. Dunn was on the Essex Planning Board for 13 years, where she served as chairman, and also served for several years on the Essex Conservation Commission. She attended the former United Methodist Church of Essex. Mrs. Dunn enjoyed the farm life, helping her husband grow and sell corn and vegetables locally, and knitting and crocheting beautiful sweaters and hats for her family.

She is survived by a son, David Dunn and his wife, Bonnie, of Essex; daughters, Debra Lane and her husband, Howard, of Essex, and Diana Merchant of Rochester, N.H.; seven grandchildren, David Dunn Jr. and wife, Jeannette, of Haverhill, Daniel Dunn of Gloucester, Leanne Lane and Stephanie Lane of Essex, Michael Merchant III and wife, Melissa, Melissa Merchant, and Matthew Merchant; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Lauryn and Madelyn Merchant, all of Rochester, N.H. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas B. Remsen of Wenham; and several nephews and nieces.

She was the mother of the late James and John Dunn III, both formerly of Essex; sister of the late Marcella Kiley and Albert Remsen Jr., formerly of Beverly; and mother-in-law of the late Michael K. Merchant Jr.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., on Thursday, January 2, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, following a visitation, from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center and Joslin Clinic, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. For direction,s or to leave a condolence, please visit