Funeral services for Carolyn (Dunn) Bland will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Payne Springs. Visitation will be held from noon - 2 p.m. with service beginning at 2 p.m. Carolyn (Dunn) Bland of Eustace was born to parents Ernest Nebraska and Alice Faye (Lewis) Dunn Oct. 16, 1942. She passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2020, at the age of 78.
“Miss Carolyn,” as she was affectionately called by many, was born and attended school in Mabank. She graduated from Mabank High School in 1960, where she is still the only person in school history to be Drum Major all four years in high school. In addition, she was Band Officer, Student Director, FHA Officer, Class Officer, Annual Staff Member, School Paper Staff Editor and a Student Council member.
Carolyn also played basketball four years, was Captain of the basketball team one year, and played volleyball two years. She placed second in State in Poetry Interpretation and in her Senior year was named “Wittiest,” as well as being Football Sweetheart and a Homecoming Queen Nominee.
Outside of school, she loved to rodeo and was an excellent barrel racer. After graduation, Carolyn moved to Dallas where she met and married her husband Ernie Blumenthal. They moved to the “burbs” and bought a house in Richardson, where they started a family and raised their three children Wendy, Douglas, and David.
Although she had three very active kids involved in every sport imaginable, Carolyn, affectionately called Mrs. B. by her children’s friends, never missed a soccer or football game, or a track or gymnastics meet or a volleyball game. Her children still wonder how she ever managed that feat.
Carolyn loved to entertain and loved having a house full of friends and family. She was always the life of the party and she loved to play practical jokes on people.
Carolyn moved back to the Cedar Creek area in the early 90s after her children were grown, settling just outside of Eustace. Shortly thereafter, she began working at Walmart in Gun Barrel City, where she retired from in 2014. She was the food demo lady and if you ever were in that store between 1995 and 2014, you probably met her and had a sample of some of the delicious foods she cooked and served at her station by the bakery. She loved her customers and they loved her back. Many came in to ask her to pray for them and she held prayer sessions right over the demo table she was working at.
Carolyn also was an active member of the Mabank Order of the Eastern Star and later Athens OES from 1992 - 2020. She was past Worthy Matron in Mabank and still served as an officer in Athens this year. She was always putting on some kind of show or skit, both in the meetings and outside. She would regularly gather five or six other members and go put on a show for the Mabank Nursing Home residents.
Carolyn was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Payne Springs. Carolyn found great joy in caring for others and she was always ready with a smile, a hug, a prayer, a joke or a shoulder to lean on for anyone in need. Carolyn was a devoted mother and grandmother and her favorite pastime besides spending time with her precious family, was to keep up with the weather reports no matter where her children were living at the time.
Her kids knew they could just call Mom for the latest and greatest weather reports, no matter where they were living. She loved to cook, enjoyed playing her electric keyboard, painting pictures, and collecting beautifully decorated eggs. Carolyn was a loving and beautiful soul and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Ernie and Faye Dunn, sister Patsy Raz, brother Joel Dunn, adopted brother Vernon Howard, son Doug Blumenthal and her beloved Udon, canine companion.
She is survived by her daughter Wendy Blumenthal White, son David Ernest Blumenthal and wife Fujiko, grandchildren Haley Nichole Blakely, Ian Blade Goodman Blumenthal, Deven Roger White and Sarah Carolyn Blumenthal as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A personal tribute may be held at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.