Mary Ann Cassatt Dunn

Mary Ann Cassatt Dunn, 78, of Norfolk, Va., died Monday, July 7, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Dennis Dunn; a daughter, Kathleen; her mother, Lois Cassatt; and her father Carl Cassatt.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Krista); her granddaughter, Kathleen Ellen; her grandson, James Harold; her sister, Carole Morris and family of Meadville, Pa.;, and many special friends.

She graduated from Corry High School in 1953 and Myer Memorial School of Nursing in 1958. She completed both a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Buffalo in 1964 and a master’s in counseling from the University of Wisconsin in 1976.

Her multifaceted career included teaching rehabilitation at both the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska. She wrote training films for the Department of Labor, conducted research for the Nebraska Division of Rehabilitation Services, edited an International Independent Living newsletter, and was the driving force behind the development of portable computer generated speech systems for wheelchair bound paralyzed people.

She culminated her career of 50 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was recognized for her excellence in nursing.

After retiring, Mary Ann continued nursing in various states. Mary Ann also received acknowledgment from National Public Radio for her passionate support of classical music. She volunteered in the Lincoln, Neb., NPR station for many years.

She loved gardening, quilting, surrounding herself with books, music and very special cats. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Curves. She enjoyed getting out with her friends and shopping, talking and eating. She was related to Mary Cassatt, the impressionist painter.

No service will be given.

A memorial luncheon is scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Franco's By the Bay in Ocean View Shopping Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the local SPCA or cancer research center.

A very special thank you to Virginia Oncology, Bon Secour Hospice and SeniorCorp for making her days as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.