Isabella was born in San Diego to Ruth Reynolds Murray and Paul Chaney Murray. Her first home was in Coronado were she was raised with her extended family of aunts and uncle and lots of cousins. She graduated from Coronado high school class of 1947.
She married Peter Henry Hill Dunn Jr. of Washington D.C., a Naval Academy class of 1947. He was her devoted husband of 70 years. She was a stay-at-home wife of a Naval aviator, in the years of frequent moves from North Island to Washington State. Daughter Anne was born in Washington where Peter’s flight training took place. Daughter Maris was born in Pensacola, Florida, brother Paul was born in Coronado. For a change of pace, Peter’s orders took the family to Guam for six months then the Philippines for two years where son Michael was born. They then headed back to the U.S. and moved to Whitby Island. Eventually the family moved to Menlo Park, California, to settle down for 25 years, where daughter Theresa was born.
When it was time to retire and Isabella and Peter moved back to their beloved family cottage on Loma Avenue in Coronado, that had been purchased in 1923 by her grandmother Belle Stewart Reynolds.
Isabella was a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She had been very active in the Republican Party, in Menlo Park and Delegate to the National Convention that nominated Regan for the Republican Ticket. She was a member of the Crown Garden Club, the Coronado Historical Association and the San Diego Zoo. She loved to travel, her exercise of choice was water aerobics in the deep end where she could getaway with talking or walking with her cousin Susan Kieth. She was a great cook and loved her cats and Great Danes.
She passed peacefully surrounded by family at home. She was survived by her husband, Peter HH Dunn Jr., (who has since passed); her five children Anne Comphel, (who has since passed), Maris D Yaple, Paul M Ware Dunn, Michael C Dunn, Theresa H Schueller; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Isabella will have a memorial Mass with Peter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and will be interred at Christ Church where she had been a long time member and volunteer.