Obituary Notices and Memorials


DUNSMORE, Olive F. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Olive Dunsmore announces her passing on June 23, 2010. Olive passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side and with great courage and dignity. Born in a log cabin in the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky on August 6, 1915, she made her home in the Antelope Valley for the past 55 years. When Olive was 5, she moved to Oklahoma, where her family homesteaded and herded cattle. When she was 19, she moved back to Kentucky, where she met and married the love of her life, Pete Dunsmore, in 1937. They were together 62 1/2 years until Pete passed away in January 2000. The highlight of Olives life was seeing her Pete come home safely from World War II, and her greatest memory was the love and laughter he brought into her life. Pete fought with the 34th Infantry in Italy, while Olive worked in an aircraft factory. After the war, Olive moved to California and fell in love with the state. She lived 22 years in Juniper Hills and 33 years in an old, cozy gingerbread house in Lancaster. Olive had a love of the American Old West and the cowboy. In the early 1970s, she and Pete hooked up with Casey Tibbs, legendary rodeo cowboy, and toured Japan in a year-long Wild West show. Olives role was as a pioneer woman, and she loved the fact that she got paid for talking. That trip was one of the best parts of her life. She also was very proud of the fact that her neighbor in Juniper Hills was Neil Armstrong, and she used to baby-sit his kids. Olive was a people person, and she made friends easily. She had many lifelong friendships, but one of the most special was with former German prisoner of war that Pete guarded when both were assigned to an officers club. Immediately following the war, when food was scarce, the Dunsmores sent food and clothes to Germany for their friends new baby, their godchild. This friendship is an extraordinary example of Olives kind and generous heart and what she believed mattered the most, which was family and friends. Olive used to say, 'the two things you need most in life are kindness and love.' She exemplified that philosophy throughout her entire life. She also had a great sense of humor, and would frequently say, 'those things in life we can not change we must learn to accept.' She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Dunsmore, and her brother and sisters. She is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces. The family would like to extend an enormous amount of gratitude to all of the many health professionals who were involved with her care, most especially her friend and caregiver, China Boyd. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster. Olive packed a lot of living into her 94 years, and there will be a celebration of her very special life at the VFW Hall following the service.

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