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Cena Evelyn Farnsworth Dunn, 92, of Clinton, formerly of Holden, passed away October 9, 2020 at her home.

The daughter of Henry and Clara (Long) Farnsworth, she was born August 16, 1928 at the family home south of Holden, MO. She attended the rural Star School for eight years, then Holden High School, graduating with the Class of 1945. She taught school at rural Doak School for one year and at Holden Elementary for three years.

On August 7, 1949, she was united in marriage to Paul Henry Dunn of the Norris Community in Henry County, and they lived on his father’s farm east of Blairstown for the next 20 years. Here, their only child, Lynn Wallace Dunn, was born.

Cena was an outdoor person and typical farm wife and served as secretary to the Norris School Board for 14 years. She belonged to the Holden DAR, Holden Garden Club, and the Norris Neighborly Club in earlier years. She moved her church membership from Holden Presbyterian Church to the Norris United Methodist Church in 1950, where she was active in all areas until her death. She served as church organist for more than 60 years.

The family moved from their farm south of Holden in 1970 where they farmed and raised cattle until the farm was sold in 2008. They moved to Clinton the following year. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2012.

Cena’s hobbies were gardening, sewing, oil painting, photography and genealogy, and writing books on the Farnsworth and Dunn family history in 1994.

She is survived by son, Lynn Wallace Dunn and wife Sandra of Clinton; grand-daughter, Cheri Lynn Edwards and husband Dwight of Chilhowee; great-grandchildren, Alex and Elizabeth Edwards, of Chilhowee; and sister-in-law, Anna Farnsworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2013; and brother, Melvin Farnsworth in 1996.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden.

Interment will follow at Holden Cemetery.

Visitation – The first visitation will be held at Consalus Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020. The second visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden, Missouri from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, with services following after.

Facial coverings and social distancing precautions are to be exercised during visitations and services.

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