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Emilia C. Dunn

Published February 13,2017

Obituary's Biography:

Emilia C. Dunn, 56, a resident of Lake Forest, IL, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest.  She was born January 6, 1961 in Guam to Jose Gomez and Delgadina Cruz.  Emilia served her country for 12 years in the US Army. She was employed with Nuwave LLC as a customer service supervisor for 8 years. She loved to volunteer and help others at church, including many ministries.  Emilia is survived by her husband of 33 years, Gathia W. Dunn Jr, whom she wed on November 16, 1984 in Hagerstown, MD, her children Malani L. (Mahdi) Griffin of Atlanta, GA, Gathia W. (Shannon) Dunn III of Round Lake Park, Earl W. Dunn II of Lake Forest, Marcus A. Dunn of Springfield, and Denise (Cedric) Jackson of Texas her grandchildren Gathia W. Dunn IV, Alyssa M. Dunn, Mahdi K. Griffin Jr, Makai L. Griffin, Tristian I. Williams, Timothy B. Hall, Tiani A. Hall. her siblings Genevieva Salas of North Carolina and Manuela Gomez of North Carolina.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Emilio Jocson and Arthur Cruz, and her sister Lolita Meno.  A visitation is scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030. Memorial Services for Emilia will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Living Waters Assembly Of God 525 N Atkinson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Interment will held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial devotions may be made to Feed My Starving Children at www.fmsc.org.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org

21 replies on “Emilia C. Dunn”

  1. I love you lots always and forever. I miss you dearly, not a day has gone by that I don’t cry. But I’m okay, I know you are in a better place. You were awesome momma, you taught me to be Strong, Self-Reliant, Humble, Kind, Generous and most of all how to be a Good Mother. You are my Queen my Rock, We had a SPECIAl relationship that no one would ever understand, and that made US the epitome of Awesomesauce. Thank you, momma, for birthing me, it was an honor to be your daughter. I promise you, your story does not end here, I will raise these babies and tell them all the stories, I will make sure they know where We come from, our traditions, our culture, our language. I’m gonna make that trip home like we planned and you’ll be there right with us, breathing in that beautiful island air. I haven’t felt this level of pain before, I’m empty right now, but I’m okay. You prepped us for this, I never understood, but I do now. I understand the hurt and pain you had when grandma passed away, and you wanted to spare your children that pain. It’s okay momma, you did your job and an awesome one at that. I got ’em momma, Boobie, Pearl, and Tootie. I’m gonna fill in the gaps the best way I can, but I don’t compare to you. I love you so much from the tip of my toes to the top of my soul. Till next time my favorite girl. Rest Well momma, till we meet again. Your Kinky <3

  2. Sis I miss you so much. This has been a really rough week for me and I don’t want to accept the fact, but I know your resting without any pain. I have to say that you were an amazing person inside and out. You have held on long enough until you just couldnt hold on any longer. I will forever cherish our memories we had together and no matter where I go in life you are always with me. You had such a big heart and you are truly loved by many. You did an awesome job at raising your kids and being there for your family. I love you my darling SISTER may you fly high with the angels. Until we meet again..love NELLY/MAC FLY…❤

  3. Mrs. Amy,
    You truly were one of the sweetest people I’ve met. My heart is broken for your family and friends. You’ve always chosen to see the good in people, a rare quality. You will be missed. ❤️ Lupe

  4. Mrs. Amy I still can’t believe that you are no longer here with us. There are still so many things that I wanted to tell you and thank you for. I wanted to thank you for taking me in like I was your own. I wanted to thank you for everything that you did for me and My Antonio. I wanted to thank you for being there for me when I needed someone to talk to. I wanted to thank you for helping me with my sister when she was going through some problems. I just wanted to thank you and your whole family for everything that you all did for me. I will always and forever love you. You were like a mother to me and I love you like you were my mother. There are still so many I’m thankful for that you did for me. I wish I could of told you all these in person. I know I didn’t keep in contact with you like I should of but I promise you that I never forgot about you and I thought about you often. I still remember the nickname you gave me and called me (Christa) and I love that nickname you gave me. You were one of the nicest, caring, loving, giving and amazing woman I’ve ever known. I am so sad and hurt that you are no longer with us but I know you are in a better place. Mrs. Amy you will always be in my heart. I love you and I miss you so much. Till we meet again Mrs. Amy! Love your Christa.

  5. Emilia, I thank the Lord that he brought you to my church Living Waters. Your gentleness, sweet spirit and walk with the Lord was evident to all. You were a vital and integral part of the body of Christ and your absence is felt. We love you and can’t wait for the body of Christ to one day be all together! Oh what a day that will be. Enjoy being in the presence of our Savior and we will see you soon!
    Your sister in Christ,

  6. Amy I love you and you will be truely missed.. As much as I didn’t want to say goodbye to you, I knew that your journey as ended here with us, and that God has something else planned for you here on out. YOU have done your job here on earth. You have raised and loved your children, Your grandkids, even other people’s kids.. You are a terrific Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend.. You have stamped a Special place in our hearts forever. Rest easy my dear Sister your not suffering anymore tell our love ones we are sending our love to them all. Smile and be happy because we still got each other here. Because of you, we’re going to be even more closer and we’re here for each other.. Rest easy my dear Sister until we meet again. I love you, Sincerly your baby Sister Beba

  7. It’s not a good bye, but a see you later!! I’m going to miss you dearly!!

    All I wanted was to see you better once I got back from my vacation, but all I got was the bad news.. I love you Emilia and you will remain in my heart forever!! ❤

  8. I never met Emilia but her legacy lives on in Malani. She was an incredible person I am sure. I know that because Malani is a special human being who comes straight from the heart. A STRAIGHT SHOOTER..as some would say..I am blessed having met Malani who is my wonderful friend. My prayers go out to all the family members for strength at this most difficult time. I am here always Malani Please never forget that.XXXOOOXXX MJ

    1. I love you lots Ms. Mj…I’m so blessed to have you as my friend. You are one of the angels that makes this world a better place and i thank you for it. Love you to the moon and back..

  9. Donnie, children, grandchildren, siblings, family and friends, I am praying for each of you. May God continue to give you strength during this difficult. I am so very sorry for your loss, my niece, our loss. We know that Emilia is now resting in the arms of our Savior. God bless each of you. Love you, Aunt Kessye.

  10. REST IN LOVE, AUNTIE AMY!!! We never had the opportunity to meet face to face, however I’ve heard great things about you. I’ve also had the opportunity to chat back and forth with you on Facebook, your kind words always lifted my spirits especially at a hard moment in my life!! Thank you! With our love, Eugene, Marlea, and Matthew!

  11. I love you my cousin rest now I know you are having a great time with all your
    Brothers and sister and also other cousin’s,aunts,uncle’s,and most of all our Mother
    And Father’s please rest my Nen I will always remember our childhood day’s
    And I will see you when God or Lord call’s for me I love you Amelia Dunn always
    And for ever am sorry I could not make it but we will see each other soon..!!

  12. Emilia, I thank god for putting a wonderful women like you in my life. Thank you for always being there when i was going through tough times, for being my shoulder to cry on a few times and for your advice. I will miss you so much and the way you will call me “NUT HEAD” lol


    Love you and miss you ❤

  13. Rest in peace my dear friend… you are in the best hands anyone can ever be. In life I have Experienced different types of pain by far this is one of the ones that has hurt the most, you were a great woman, a great friend. It is so hard to believe you are no longer among us, I will forever cherish our memories we had together it was a pleasure working with you, Thank you for listening to me when I needed it, for being there for me and my loved ones you are one of a kind.
    Until we meet again Love Isabel your (Bell)

  14. You were an amazing loving woman! You always were there for everyone. I will miss you sooooooo much! You are loved by many people and you will always be in our hearts! I love you Emilia. May you rest in peace ❤️

  15. May you Rest In Peace Emilia, it’s not a good bye but a see you later. You will never be forgotten!

  16. Emilia, my stubborn lady, I still cannot believe you are not here with us. But I know you are now in a better place. God has gained another angel.
    I am happy to have met a person like you, one of a kind. You will forever be in my heart. I love you lady…until we meet again.

    Always and forever- Your brat

  17. A little over two month have passed and i am still in disbelief that you are no longer here. I am so angry, you being the selfless person that you are should still be here. You fought so so hard, you gave up so much just to try and get better. Things happen that i just want to call and tell you about, and i actually called you not thinking that no one will answer.. when the voice machine answered saying the phone was disconnected i completely lost it..It’s not fair, you should be here with us. “Time heals all wounds” right now time isn’t helping.. I wish i would have visited when you told me you missed me. Though i am heartbroken by all of this, i am forever grateful for all the time i did get to spend with you. I am so glad that i was able to become so close to you and am so blessed to have your son by my side, he’s just like you..so stubborn. I promise you today and always that i will love, cherish and take of your son and spoil him like you did. I love you mom, and I miss you so much.

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