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Ethel Jane Dunson[1]

Female 1916 - 2019  (102 years)


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  • Name Ethel Jane Dunson  [2, 3, 4
    Born 23 May 1916  Newport, Campbell, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Female 
    _UID 59BA3FF00B534EADBC9C3241D128B0FD0CFC 
    Died 28 Apr 2019  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I6288  My Family Tree | All Descendents of Abraham and Sarah Dunsky (I6345)
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2019 

    Father Isidore Dunsky,   b. 7 Nov 1889, Golynka, Grodno, Belarus Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1956, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Jeannette Brown,   b. 3 Jul 1893, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 15 Sep 1975, Cherry Hill, Camden, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1914  Newport, Campbell, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Divorced Bef 1940  [10
    Family ID F1280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Leopold Seymour David,   b. 16 Apr 1906, Camden County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1978, Camden County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 31 May 1937  Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Children 
     1. Joseph Harris David,   b. 7 Mar 1938, Camden County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2009, South Orange, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Henry Edward David
     3. Charles Sidney David,   b. 21 Jul 1944, Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1952, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     4. William Samuel David
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2008 
    Family ID F1416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ethel J. David

      Voorhees - Ethel J. (nee Dunson) David, 102 years old was a volunteer extraordinaire, a motivational speaker, a wife, mother, grandmother and a friend of many. She worked from the age of 70 to 94 as a Weight Watchers leader and lecturer and volunteered for over 25 years as a docent at the Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology- something she also gave up at 94.

      Though she retired from those activities, she didn't retire from life. She continued to write poetry and was working on a third book, Sweet Grapes For a Sour Puss, which included a number of her "yo-yo poems." She previously published My Lover the Rabbi, My Husband the Doctor: What more could a Jewish girl want? and Ethel J. David's Poet-Tree: A memoir in poetry, rhyme and wordplay.

      As her collaborator-writer-editor on the first two books, Cheryl Grady Mercier, says, "Though Ethel was born in Kentucky and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a true daughter of Camden, NJ and its surrounding county. Ethel felt her life story had value as a witness to history and that was the impetus for her first book."

      In her lifetime, David was an inveterate traveler… of the world, but also her home town, home state and home county. Tilly Spetgang of the Cherry Hill News once said, "Ethel can make a day trip to Camden sound exciting" in a 1971 story about a Galapagos Islands trip.

      She worked to change the world as a volunteer, starting with youth groups, teaching youngsters in the Camden Beth El Synagogue in the 1930s. She presented book reviews to many organizations, encouraging dialogue on many issues. Over time she was the first Jewish president of the Camden County Medical Society Auxiliary and a guide for the Philadelphia Council for International Visitors, precursor to Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia. She not only gave 40 years of service to the Lions Gate Auxiliary in New Jersey; she was the founding president of then-named Jewish Geriatric Auxiliary which she preceded the Lions Gate name. After living independently until age 95, she moved into Lions Gate. She continued to volunteer there: leading discussions, recruiting speakers and was awarded "Resident of the Year" less than two years after she moved in.

      David even wrote this to be included in her obituary:



      I cannot control my wishes from the grave, but if I could, I would say the following:

      I leave a legacy of three books, deeds accomplished, material wealth--nil, yet I received more than I gave.

      I was lucky— I died disease-free, pain-free, surrounded by my faithful friends, few family, but grateful to all.

      I remain thankful to my husband, parents, in-laws, and all who supported me. My faith, my synagogue, my community did not let me down.

      A "Happy Death"- yes, Cheryl, I think I know what you mean.

      As ever,

      Ethel J. David

      Ethel J. David is survived by: Loving grandchildren Sarah J. and Jonah-both attentive to the end-Charles, Ari, Tali and Rebecca David. Her close friends and compatriots, Ida Mae Robinson, Don and Maxine Dubin, niece Joan (Harvey) Levitan and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and three great grandsons. Of her four sons: Harris, Henry, Chucky and Bill, only Henry and Bill survive her. She was also preceded in death by many relatives, in-laws and dear friends.

      Relatives and friends are invited Sunday beginning 9:30 am to

      PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, INC.

      2001 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ

      where funeral services will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Int. New Camden Cemetery, Camden, NJ.
      Published in Courier-Post on Apr. 26, 2019

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    6. [S118] Ethel David, book (Reliability: 3).

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    10. [S1535] 1940 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627;).

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