Elizabeth Lewis Dunn Dabney

Thursday 13th of May 1926 - Sunday 1st of August 2021

Elizabeth Lewis Dunn Dabney


Funeral Ceremony

Aug 5, 2021 (1:30 pm )

Milward - Man O' War

1509 Trent Boulevard, Lexington, KY

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Aug 5, 2021 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)

Milward - Man O'War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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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 trusted employees. 

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 cousins. 

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. 


Guest Book

Antonio Martinez


Dear Jeffrey and family, I’m just a part time supervisor at the San Antonio gateway with 23 years of service a former coworker share your Facebook post and I will like to express my deepest condolences due to the recent lost of your dear mother. Take care and be strong I’m a strong believer that the ones we love the most we will meet again.

1 month ago

Theresa Harris


To Marilyn, David, and Jeff: Praying God's peace will be with you during this difficult time. Mrs. Tootsie was a beautiful lady inside and outside. I got the chance to know her through Mrs. Barbara. On some Sundays we would go to her house and visit. It was a treat! May the lasting memories of your mom bring you comfort, knowing she is in a better place. Theresa Harris

1 month ago

Mark Snyder


So very sorry for the this Family's loss of such a wonderful amazing loving Matriarch. May the Lord's grace and peace be with you all.

1 month ago

Shelesha Peyton


On behalf of UPS family we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother Jeff. There are no words that will fill the void but we are praying for God's perfect peace over you and your family during this time. Please let us know if there is any way we can ease your sorrow.

1 month ago