Dunne, Elizabeth Jane

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Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Dunne, nee: Elizabeth Jane Kelly died on Friday, May 25, 1928.

Chicago Tribune, Saturday, May 26, 1928, page 14

DUNNE--Elizabeth Jane Dunne, nee: Elizabeth Jane Kelly, (1864-1928) Friday, May 25, 1928, wife of former Governor, Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne. Funeral from residence 737 W. Gordon Terrace at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 28, 1928. Thence to Calvary Cemetery. Friends will kindly omit flowers.

Chicago Tribune, Saturday, May 26, 1928, page 14

Mrs. E.F. Dunne, Wife of Former Governor, Dies

Funeral Rites Set for Monday

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Dunne, wife of the former Governor, Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne, died yesterday, Friday, May 25, 1928, at her home, 737 W. Gordon Terrace, after a long illness. Death was due to anemia, from which she had suffered for the past few years. She and her husband returned in March from Florida, where they spent the winter in the hope of benefiting her health. Mrs. Dunne's condition had been critical for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Dunne was Elizabeth Jane Kelly, daughter of a pioneer Chicago family, before her marriage on Tuesday, August 16, 1881, to the struggling young lawyer who later became a Judge, then Mayor of Chicago, then Governor of Illinois. She was 64 years of age, and was the mother of a family of 13 children, of whom nine are living and were at her bedside when death came.

Children at Bedside

They are Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne, Jr., of Morristown, New Jersey; Richard Dunne; Mrs. Eileen Corboy; Mrs. Mona Leonard; Maurice Francis Dunne; Robert Jerome Dunne, (or "Duke" Dunne), football star; twins Geraldine Dunne and Jeanette Dunne; and Eugene Dunne of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the wife of the first Democratic Governor of Illinois in 20 years, Mrs. Dunne went into the gubernatorial mansion at Springfield, Illinois in 1913, lacking the friendly atmosphere that would have surrounded a Republican Governor's wife, but in a short time had won an enthusiastic following by her charm as a hostess and the reputation achieved by her receptions.

Always Aid to Husband

Through nearly half a century of wedded life and the tribulations of her husband's political career, Mrs. Dunne remained his confident and adviser, always interested in civic affairs but preferring to remain on the side lines in any campaign in which former Governor Dunne enlisted.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday morning from St. Mary of the Lake Church on Sheridan Road, for many years the parish church of the family. The Reverend John Dennison will sing a requiem high mass. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.