Priscilla Ann McKinney Dunnum
Dec. 13, 1921 – March 22, 2014
Graveside services for Priscilla Ann McKinney Dunnum of Downey, Calif., will be held May 17 at 11 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin with Lewisia Chapter 16 OES officiating.
Priscilla, longtime resident of Basin and respected attorney in Downey, Calif., died at her home in Downey on March 22.
She was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Deaver, the daughter of Thomas and Constance Skovgard McKinney. She grew up and received her education in Basin and moved to California to complete her legal education at USC and Loyola Law School. She was admitted to the bar in January 1948.
Priscilla, her husband Carroll M. Dunnum and their three children moved to Downey in 1954 and opened the law firm of Dunnum and Dunnum. She continued to practice law for over 50 years.
Priscilla was instrumental in the incorporation of the City of Downey and was active in the community. She was the first woman city council member and the first mayor pro tempore. She was also the spearhead in the planning and building of the Civic Theater, instrumental in planning the new Downey Community Hospital and served as chairman on the Downey Community Hospital Authority.
She was a member of numerous charitable organizations and held positions on many of their boards.
She taught estate planning and trusts at the Downey Adult School, and was also a teacher at Christ Lutheran Church.
Priscilla always remembered her roots in Basin. She was initiated into the Lewisia Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star on Dec. 23, 1948, and served as Worthy Matron in 1978. She maintained a 50-plus-year membership.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Sloan and Ann Howe; one son, Monte Dunnum; son-in-law, Ralph Howe; grandson, Thomas Sloan, and two nephews.