Phyllis Dunn Obituary

MAYETTA, KS – Phyllis Lynn “Sha ne gish go kwe” Dunn, 73, of Mayetta passed away September 9, 2020, at a Topeka Hospital. She was born September 17, 1946, in Holton the daughter of Richard “Dick” and Josie (Wamego) Pahmahmie.

Phyllis graduated from Mayetta High School in 1964 and later from Albuquerque Indian Nursing School as an LPN.  She worked as an LPN at Topeka nursing homes, Staten Island, NY Veteran’s Hospital, Sunny Side Hospital, and Bon Secour in Port Jervis, NY, and retired in 2008.  She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

On August 16, 1969, she married Walter William “Buddy” Dunn in Milford, PA.  He preceded her in death on March 25, 2007; after 38 years of marriage.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen “Kathy Jo” Gentile (Martin) of Mayetta, KS and Nicole Hernandez (Ramon) of Scranton, PA; her son, Jeffrey Dunn (Jacqueline Viserta) of Milford, PA; her sisters Dolly Richard (Mike) and Anita Evans (Mando) both of Mayetta, KS; her brothers, Richard Pahmahmie, Jr. (Pam), Lawrence Pahmahmie, Alan “Boney” Pahmahmie (Brenda) all of Mayetta, KS; her grandkids, Mia and Ronin Gentile, Kyler and Ramon Hernandez and Kirsten and Dominique Dunn; in-laws, Phyllis Pahmahmie of Topeka, KS, Joan Pahmanmie of Mayetta, KS, Bill and Kathleen Roberts of Hawley, PA, Patrick Dunn of Port Jervis, NY; many nieces and nephews and her dog, Zip.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Merle “Tuffy” in 1995, Roy in 2001, Albert in 2009, and Henry in 2009 and sister-in-law, Joy Pahmahmie.

Celebration of Life will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2020, at Wah wak sum Cemetery. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

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