Elizabeth Lewis Dunn Dabney, known as “Tootsie” and aunt “Tootsie” to her family, went home
to be with The Lord on Sunday, August 1, 2021. She was born May 13, 1926, in Lancaster,
Garrard Country, Kentucky to the late Benjamin Harrison Dunn and the late Elsie Aldridge Dunn.
In 1952, she married the late McKinley Elwood Dabney, Sr., and in 1958 they moved their family
from Lancaster to Lexington, Kentucky.
Tootsie gave her life to The Lord at an early age, joining the First Baptist Church of Lancaster. In
1980, she rededicated her life to The Lord and joined the House of Prayer of Versailles. She was
a devoted student of The Bible, studying the Holy Scriptures each day, teaching her children and
grandchildren the Word of God.
She graduated salutatorian from the Mason High School Class of 1945, in Lancaster. Many years
later, she completed a bookkeeping program at a local Business school in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 1984, while driving to work she was in an automobile accident that left her partially blind and
disabled. By the grace of GOD, she was able to resume some day-to-day activities, but that did
not stop her. She travelled to North Carolina and to Tampa, taking her children and
grandchildren to see the beautiful beaches.
She never thought herself to be a good cook, but you could never convince her family of that.
When family came to visit and stayed for dinner, she always made sure she prepared her
signature sweet tea and potato rolls. If you came to her house at Christmas, she prepared her
mother’s famous Jam Cake, never changing one ingredient.
She was a true animal lover, having raised several dogs and in recent years several litters of stray
cats. She was kind to everyone and on numerous occasions she would feed people in her
neighborhood. People would knock on her door and ask if she had any food that she could
share. She always prepared them a meal.
Mom was witty, smart, hard-working and loved to tease. She could tell a story that would keep
you in total suspense – and tease you if you did not get the joke. She knew a lot about
everything and when her children were young, they thought she was walking dictionary – there
was not one word she could not spell or define. Her knowledge of history, both US and world
history would make today’s educated history teachers look stupid. She said she was taught by
the best at Mason High School and learned everything she could. Her work ethic continued in
her professional life. She worked for the Sports Wear Mart for over 20 years as their
bookkeeper. Stuart Silbar and Irvin Rosenstein, found her to be one of their most valued and
Mom was always very active in her children’s lives – attending basketball and baseball games,
beauty pageants, and school functions. One of her greatest joys was attending the annual Dunn-Jackson family reunion with her children and grandchildren. Family was always important, and
she never missed a chance to enjoy any activity that centered around her family.
She is survived by her children: Marilyn Render (Larry) of Johns Creek, Ga; David Dabney
(Rosalind) of Lexington, Ky; and Jeffrey (Edye) of Lexington, Ky. Grandchildren: Jeffrey Dabney,
Jr., Christopher Dabney, Mychal Dabney, Kristen Godfrey, Keya Richie, David Dabney II, Josh
Taylor, and Ally Render. She is also survived by a sister, Helen Langford of Kansas City, Mo.,
many great-grandchildren and several Step-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and
She was also the stepmother of the late McKinley Elwood Dabney, Jr. of New York City
and the late Gary Dabney, of Lexington, Ky.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to: Dyamond Hayes and Phyllis
Jarrett for the love and kindness that you gave to mom during the time you were her caregiver.
Rosie Owens for all the years you took mom to the hair salon and checked on her from time-to-time. Delores Dunn for taking her to the hair salon and running errands for her. Barbara and Kim
Singleton for all the weekends you travelled from Danville to Lexington to check on mom and to
keep her company, and to show her how much you loved her. Jackie Lawson for stopping by to
check on her from time-to-time. Rosalind Dabney for the wonderful meals you prepared for her
and for shopping for her personal needs. Carmen Webb and Vera Henderson, and Pastor Donald
Lee Bright for your constant prayers and Cheryl and Thomasina for your devoted love to Mama. And, Loretta Crawders, for all the years you labored in
caring for mom - and becoming her dearest friend. She would never have lasted this long if The
Lord had not sent you to help her.
From Marilyn to mama: You are the greatest mother and woman I know. The things you taught me, I am teaching Miss Ally. For 65 years you have been in my life - it’s hard to imagine not talking to you on the phone or visiting you at your house or you visiting me at mine. We will see each other again in The New Jerusalem! From her son, David to mama: “As a kid, I had lots of friends, but my best friend was always my
mom, my Tootsie! She has now moved out of the room and into a new room – and into the
hands of our Lord, Yahweh, our living and gracious GOD.” From Jeffrey to Mama--My Mother was the Hope, and the Joy, and the Love in My Life.