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Ethel Francis Dunbar

July 19, 1927 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Ethel Dunbar Obituary

Ethel Francis (Parker) Dunbar, 96, was born on a homestead near Harve, Montana, on July 19, 1927, to Dorothy Hermina (Staats) Parker and Charles Sidney Parker. As the 4th of nine children, she became an independent and curious woman who enjoyed education, reading historical novels, and was a life-long learner.  She was an excellent baker, seamstress, and quilter who enjoyed conversation and learning about other people’s stories. Ethel also enjoyed winning at card games and completing crossword puzzles. She was truly a resourceful and talented frontier woman who continued to stay mentally active. After working in Havre for a period of time, she moved to Oregon. Following World War II, while working at the Condon Hotel, in Condon, Oregon, she met her husband of 57 years, Marine Corp Veteran Robert Charles Dunbar.  Together, in 1948, they moved to Outlook, Washington, where they homesteaded the Diamond Double Bar Ranch south of the Roza Canal.  There they started a diversified farming operation, starting with breeding Polled Herefords and moving into various crossbreeds. They also raised wheat, alfalfa, barley, peppermint, spearmint, sugar beets and field corn. Ethel and Bob were active members and leaders of the Yakima County Farm Bureau, Washington State Farm Bureau, Yakima and County’s State Cattleman and Cattlewomen’s Association, the Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) and 4-H.  She supported and encouraged her four children, Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar, Robert Sidney Dunbar, Gary Dean Dunbar, and Mary Katherine Dunbar to join 4-H and FFA where they entered livestock (steers, horses and sheep), sewing and cooking competitions at the Grandview and Yakima Fairs. She was a lifelong member of the Outlook Roza Dust Dodgers and a Gold Star Mother. Ethel will be sorely missed by her family, and her many friends.

Her husband, Bob, preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by daughters, Dr. Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar of Seabrook, Texas, and Mrs. Mary Dunbar Squires with her husband, Stephen Squires, of Priest Lake, Idaho. She is survived by two grandchildren, LT. Cdr. Robert Jessup Squires and his wife Kathryn; LTjg Sydney Dunbar Squires, and two great grandchildren, Lilly Mary and Jack Dunbar Squires. She is also survived by brother-in-law Donald Dunbar of Beaverton, Oregon, and many special nieces and nephews.  Two sons preceded her in death: Robert Sidney Dunbar (Vietnam) and Gary Dean Dunbar. Her parents and eight brothers and sisters also preceded her in death: Dick Parker, Ralph Parker, Wilma Parker Bentley, Paul Parker, Walter Parker, Chuck Parker, Joyce Parker Rackley, and Janet Parker. A private family ceremony will be held at graveside to be followed by a Celebration of Life later this summer.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her memory may donate to the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza through American Legion Post 73, PO Box 654, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Those wishing to sign Ethel's online memorial book may do so at 


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