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Obituary for Dorcas Elvia Dunham (Toney)

Dorcas Elvia Dunham was born on January 16, 1957 in Alliance Ohio to the late Robert Levi and Anna Mae Francisco Toney. She attended Morgan Elementary school in Ohio. In January 1971 Dorcas relocated to Boston Mass where she then attended Frank B. Thompson Middle School and English High School.

Aunt Dorky as she was affectionately called was legendary. She was all about the kids. Dorcas loved the youth and they absolutely loved her back!! The youth respected her so much the parents would call Chez-Vous to tell her their kids wasn’t acting right. She would tell those children if they didn’t act right then they couldn’t come skating, and those children would go home and do exactly what she told them to do. She was related to a lot of us by blood, but she was everybody’s aunt. Even when she was being strict we all knew she loved us. If you knew Dorcas you knew she was an equal opportunity butt whooper. Because most of the time it was needed and never for no reason!! She taught those around her responsibility and life long lessons that we all live by til this very day.

Dorcas would help anyone she could. She was never one to turn her back and act like she couldn’t help someone. Whenever you got into Chez Vous for free in return you had to go to church. Dorcas was a firm believer in God,She only made the youth go to church because being the community activist that she was, she just wanted the youth to be off the streets and in a safe environment where they could have fun. Dorcas was so concerned for the safety of the youth that she spearheaded along side Pastor Bruce Wall and others, in starting the Youth Against Violence Walk and a memorial inside of Chez Vous for those that were slain due to violence called The Wall.

Sa Dorcas is proceeded in Death by her Parents Robert Levi and Anna Mae (Francisco) Toney, Grandparents Henry and Pearl Francisco, Leroy and Birtha Leekins -Toney, brothers Robert Toney Jr, Tyrone Toney, Ronald Willoughby Sisters Diane Toney, Terry Toney, Rosemary Boswell and Tracy Toney. She leaves to cherish her memory; her husband John Dunham Sr. Children Jerome Toney, John Greene, Addison Marsh, John Dunham Jr, Dorcas Dunham Jr and Jeane’ Dunham. Sisters Janet Jenkins (Ernie), Greer Toney, Denise Shulman (Ronald), Maryse Washington (Danny), Dara Toney, Betty Lamar, brothers Wilber Toney (Xenia), Bobby Flanders and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.We love you Dorcas

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