Mary Lou Dunlap

Mary Lou Dunlap

Dunlap, Mary Lou Will be laid to rest on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. A resident of Sonoma since moving to the Valley in 1967, Mary Lou (nee’ Torres) is survived by her husband, Lonny Dunlap, her son Derek Crumbliss (wife Kellie) and daughters, Lindsay Aranha (husband Alan) and Lisa Cavalli (husband Rick). She also leaves behind grandchildren Larissa Crumbliss, Keenan Crumbliss, Cole Cavalli and Aaron-Andrew Aranha as well as great-grandchildren Andre, Amari and Ayana (Nevi), several nieces and nephews and other family members.
Mary Lou, originally from Fillmore, CA attended San Jose City College (AA, Nursing) and St. Mary's College (BA, Health Services Administration) moved to Glen Ellen in 1967. She had a distinguished career serving the State of California at the Sonoma Developmental Center as an RN, Program Administrator and various leadership roles before transitioning to the Department of Corrections where she held numerous posts of increasing responsibility, ultimately retiring as Deputy Chief Warden. She had a true love of work and prevented the use of the word retirement for quite some time. During the past few years she was a volunteer at Sonoma Valley Hospital in the gift shop.
Married in 1974, Lonny and Mary Lou were actively engaged as business owners of The Creamery and several other Bay Area delicatessens. Mary Lou loved going to the Food and Gift shows, finding new items to carry in the stores. She also loved cooking, music, art, reading, antiquing and collected Depression-era glassware. Locally, Mary Lou served in a variety of volunteer roles. She helped to found several Jaycee chapters, was involved with Babe Ruth baseball, several youth focused organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and was always a generous supporter of three generations of her children's schools through donations and winning auction bids. Lonny and Mary Lou enjoyed travel, supporting local business and being members of the Sonoma community. They collected close friends everywhere they lived and visited, and her friends treasured every moment with her.
Mary Lou was predeceased by her parents, two sisters and her first husband, Earl Crumbliss.
Visitation will be at Duggan's Mission Chapel on Monday, January 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mass will be on Tuesday, January 20th at St. Francis Solano Church at 11:00 a.m. with entombment at Mountain Cemetery to follow.