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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On January 15, 2015 @ 10:33 am In Obituary | 6 Comments


78, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2015 surrounded by her five children. She was born in Columbus, Wisconsin in February 1936. Elizabeth graduated from Markesan High School at 16 and was awarded a music scholarship to attend Oshkosh State College with the dream of becoming a conductor. Two years later she married and moved to Arizona to start a family. While raising her family she resumed her education and pursued a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.   Elizabeth was a devoted mother who cherished her family. We have fond memories of long summers in Payson where each night she rang the dinner bell calling us back to the cabin for a delicious meal and a night of games or reading. The dictionary was always handy for word games with her children and grandchildren. She traveled the world, made friends easily and kept contact with many. Elizabeth loved to cook, read, entertain and maintained a lifelong love of music, especially jazz and opera. She had a passion for education which later in life led her to study French abroad, a treasured experience. She was proud of her Irish heritage and her green eyes sparkled when listening to Irish music or poetry. Over the past 20 plus years Elizabeth divided her time between her homes in Phoenix and La Jolla.   Preceding her in death were her parents, Lawrence and Mabel Dunn (nee Quimby), brothers Tom and John Dunn and sister Margaret Gust. She is survived by her children Sara Cabirac (Gary), Tim Steinhilber (Diane), Lisa Andrews (John), Ted Steinhilber, Greg Steinhilber (Susan) and ten grandchildren; Holden and Brenton Steinhilber (children of Tim & Diane), Lisa and Michelle Cabirac (children of Sara & Gary), JR and Emily Andrews (children of Lisa & John), Alec, Eden, Chloe and Sara Steinhilber (children of Greg & Susan). Elizabeth is also survived by her sisters Mary Doda and Louise Hartung as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   She was a force of nature and will be dearly missed. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM at her home in Coulter Estates (101 East Montebello). Memories/condolences can be shared at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.  

Condolences for the family of “DUNN, ELIZABETH QUIMBY”

Condolence from J. Louise Hartung on January 17th, 2015 4:55 am

We are all better off because Elizabeth was in our life….all sad that our “force of nature” has changed, shifted and been altered. Her contagious laugh, smile and Irish eyes will be etched in our memories forever. A classy lady, wonderful mother and unforgettable sister. May the good Lord hold her in the palm of his hand. My love to my special family.

Condolence from mel taylor on January 19th, 2015 12:07 pm

i didn’t know elizabeth very will but she was a classy lady i liked her.

Condolence from Terry Bauer on January 20th, 2015 9:59 am

When I relocated to Phoenix as young recent college graduate in the spring of 1973 without a job or a permanent place to stay, Elizabeth was my first contact. Elizabeth happened to be the sister of my sister-in-law Louise. Having never met Elizabeth before, within 30 minutes, I was handed the keys to the house, and was tasked with feeding the pets as the family was headed to the mountain cabin for a few days…WOW…how could anyone forget that! Such trust and generosity. After moving to an apartment, I frequently returned to Elizabeth’s home for enjoyable visits…including competitive driveway “hoops” with Tim. During my short one year stay in Phoenix, I felt that I had the comfort of family in my new unfamiliar surroundings. This special family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Colleen Folz Mantz on January 27th, 2015 4:11 pm

Where does one begin — ah yes, the Cabin!!!! The story goes, the 5 Steinhilber kids and the 5 Folz kids riding in the Steinhilber car on our way to town or the general store. Beth driving like a bat out of hell and smoking a cig while us kids thought we were on a roller coaster ride — even sticking our heads out the window — whoop whoop!!!! No seat belts and sitting on the door arm rest–always getting smashed against the door. THOSE WERE SURE AMAZING RIDES!!! We have celebrated a life time with the Steinhilber kids and cherish every memory your BEAUTIFUL MOM shared with us!!! From the car rides, to the scary stories around the camp fires (where we would hang out all night and our tennis shoes would start to melt), to her AMAZING pies!!! While we did not have a chance to see her in later years, we have lived vicariously through Sara and Lisa!!! She will be missed very much!!! God Bless and Love You!!! Colleen

Condolence from Bob Bauer on January 31st, 2015 2:08 pm

I know she wouldn’t like it but to me she will always be Beth. The last time I visited her was a couple times in the early 80s in AZ I found myself very welcome.

When I visited with my friend Stan she was very gracious except for one thing, she wouldn’t tell us where we could get some great local mexican food. She was concerned that we would get lost and end up in the wrong neighborhood. Luckily, Lisa was there to pull us aside and help us.

Beth, you will always be in my memories.

Condolence from Marcy Cookman on February 9th, 2015 3:31 pm

Yesterday I attended the Memorial Service for my friend, Elizabeth.
I met Elizabeth in the l980’s through Sally Lynch. Elizabeth told me about her “all gals” football pool which she started in l984. She had a dinner party with 3 other couples and her & Ed. After some fine wine and a delicious meal that she prepared, all of the Men moved into her TV room to watch football. Elizabeth & her girlfriends continued drinking wine when she got a bright idea that she would start an all gals football pool and she would be the bookie. It started with 8 gals.
After a couple of years, she handed her duties to Debbie Nichols to take over. Debbie did it for one year and then I took over the duties of keeping this football pool going. I have been doing the pool for about 25 yrs and just this season handed it over to two gals who would keep it going. During the many years I acted as bookie, there were many changes like many gals getting computers and electronics. But…..Elizabeth wanted no part of emailing or now, texting her picks in. In fact, there will several girls who wanted this pool done the “old-fashioned” way which was calling in their picks to me every Wednesday. So…when I finally passed the pool on, there were still several “retired” ladies wanting their pick sheets through the US postoffice…..Elizabeth being one. Now I was doing half of pool electronically and half the “old fashioned way. I can only tell you that what I miss most about the Football Pool is Elizabeth phoning me every Wednesday with her picks. Whoever won the money each week would certainly get a call from Elizabeth with her congratulations. What a caring person she was to take the time to call and congratulate the gals..
We will all miss her when Football Season rolls around next season and she will forever be in our hearts.
Thank you, Elizabeth for starting such a fun event that so many over the years looked forward to getting their football sheets each week.
May you rest in peace.

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