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Betty Jane 'B.J.' Dunbar


February 20, 2020

Betty Jane “B.J.” Dunbar, 78, passed away at her home in Red Lane, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, February 3, 2020.

She was born on December 22, 1942, in Hillsdale, Mich., the daughter of Billie and Donna (Fink) James.

She married John G. Dunbar, July 23, 1961, in Cambria, Mich. The couple moved to Wyoming in 1977, then to Thermopolis in 1990.

A faithful and active member of Eastern Star, she was initiated in Michigan, June 18, 1976. Moving to Wyoming she was a member of Newcastle Chapter #30, then after moving to Thermopolis she joined Vesper Chapter #19. Holding many offices, she served as Worthy Matron several times, Grand Chaplain in 1990 and Grand Representative to Kentucky in 1998. Her greatest memory was proudly serving as her husband’s escort when he served as Worthy Grand Patron. Her dedication to John was admired by many. 

She was a secretary for R&S Well Service and a librarian at Hot Springs County Library. She enjoyed reading, knitting and visiting with friends.

B.J. is survived by a brother in Michigan; nieces, nephews; and great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004; and her parents.

Graveside services officiated by Eastern Star will be held at a later date.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family and messages may be offered at


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