Ann Elizabeth (Bette) O’Brien Dunne

Published 10:36 am Friday, March 2, 2012

Ann Elizabeth (Bette) O’Brien Dunne, age 93, died in Tryon on March 1, 2012, of natural causes.
Born June 20, 1918 in New York City to Theodore Christopher and Madeleine Priscilla Crawford O’Brien, she graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. On June 28, 1941, she married John Kevin Dunne.
Bette and Kevin lived in Hartford, Connecticut, Spartanburg, South Carolina and Campobello, S.C. until retiring to Tryon.
Bette was a member of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, where she played the organ for many years and served as editor of the church newsletter for seven years. She also was a member and past president of the Tryon Garden Club.
Bette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kevin, in 2007 and son, Theodore Mathew (Teddy) Dunne in 1969. She is survived by two sons, two granddaughters and four great grandchildren; her eldest son, John Kevin Dunne Jr., and wife, Jane, of Dallas, Texas and their daughters, Janie, and husband Paul Cooke of Dallas, Texas, and their sons, Paul III and John; and Caroline and husband Robert Schupbach of San Antonio, Texas, and their children, Margaret and James; and Bette’s youngest son, Christopher Crawford Dunne of Athens, Greece.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, with interment following at 1 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722.
Bette’s family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, LaurelWoods and White Oak Manor for their care and friendship and express their love and gratitude to her faithful friend and helper, Diane Nelson.
An online guest register can be signed at
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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