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Mary Dunham
  • August 06, 1935
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  • July 20, 2022

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Mary “Midge” L. Dunham, 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the E.W. & Lucille Cates House in Ocala, Florida. Midge was born on August 6, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late John C. Layton and Mary Ellen (Vanderstine)Layton.
Midge leaves behind her daughter Mary Ellen Maxwell; her sons Charles Santora, Kenneth Lawson and David Lawson; her grandchildren Gina (Mark) Giblin, Meagan (Jeffrey) Williams, Ryan Maxwell, and Christian (Madison) Lawson; her great-grandchildren Aurora Williams, Addison Williams, Tyler Giblin, Ayden GIblin, and Indy Claire Lawson; and many nieces and nephews.
Midge is preceded in death by her parents John C. Layton and Mary Ellen (Vanderstine) Layton; her sister Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” George and brother-in-law Chris George; and her brother Robert J. Layton.
Midge was raised in Philadelphia. She attended Jules E Masbaum High School.
In her early years she worked at waitressing, at a photography studio, a candy factory and even a whiskey distillery. She married the late Charles G Santora, a firefighter and air force veteran.  Later she married again to the late John L. Lawson, an engine mechanic and army veteran.
She later moved to Ocala, Florida in 1968 where she continued to raise her children. She married the late  Dewey C. Dunham, a navy veteran.  The two jobs she loved the most were working in circulation dept and as a receptionist at the Ocala Star Banner; and  making school lunches for the children and teachers at First Assembly Christian School in Ocala, Florida.
She loved to go fishing at Orange Lake, camping, going to the beach, going to the mountains, to carnivals, Disney World, watching roller derby, the Atlanta Braves and lately she watched the Tampa Bay Rays. She loved to cook and bake for her family.  She mostly loved her Lord and her family and friends.
Plans for a Celebration of Life will be planned for family at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Dunklin Memorial Church in Okeechobee, Florida.

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  1. The Quarles lit a candle:
    08 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 8, 2022 at 8:26:54 PM

  2. Denise Hess says:
    06 Aug 2022
    Midge and her sweet smile will be missed. Midge was a joy to work with at FACS, I loved our conversations we had together. Knowing she is with her Lord brings peace and comfort. Praying for the family during these difficult days.

  3. Bob layton lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:17:59 AM

  4. Bob layton lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:17:16 AM

  5. Charlene johns says:
    03 Aug 2022
    Midge was very special to us. She was funny and a good godly lady. She will missed by so many. Now she is painfree and living with Jesus. I love you Midge Dunham.

  6. Charlene Johns lit a candle:
    03 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 3, 2022 at 8:38:56 AM

  7. Barbara Sevick lit a candle:
    02 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 2, 2022 at 8:03:05 PM

  8. Renee Thomason says:
    01 Aug 2022
    Midge always made me smile or laugh, I loved being around her. One of the first people I met when I started working at the Star Banner, I have known her over 30 years. We had so many fun times together, she loved the Lord with all her heart. I know I will see her again one day and we can worship our Lord together. I know you all will miss her so much, she was a blessing to so many people

  9. Ron and Pat Blanchard lit a candle:
    31 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 31, 2022 at 7:11:24 PM

  10. Aurora lit a candle:
    30 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 30, 2022 at 7:46:54 AM

  11. Sandy McCallister says:
    29 Jul 2022
    I so much enjoyed knowing Midge! She was a dear, sweet lady who always had a beautiful smile! She will be greatly missed until we see her again in heaven! My thoughts and prayers are with all the family!

  12. Ellen Perrone lit a candle:
    29 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 29, 2022 at 7:43:14 PM

  13. Christian Lawson lit a candle:
    29 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 29, 2022 at 7:48:49 AM

  14. Earlene Carte says:
    28 Jul 2022
    Midge was so loved. Her hugs were special. I am so grateful for her friendship. I am praying for her precious family.

  15. Sarah Hardin says:
    28 Jul 2022
    I will always remember what a beautiful person Mrs.Midge was. She could light up the room with her beautiful smile and personality. She would always comment on posts and pictures about my family and that would make my day! I hope she located my Dad up there and they are having a good laugh like they always did. I will truly miss her and am very grateful for having known her.

  16. Mary Ellen Maxwell lit a candle:
    28 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 28, 2022 at 7:31:02 PM

  17. Mary Ellen Maxwell lit a candle:
    28 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 28, 2022 at 7:29:54 PM

  18. Kenneth lawson says:
    28 Jul 2022
    Ken Lawson I Love you Mom your the greatest

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