Ms. Arlene Denise Dunn, passed away on August 24, 2021. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 28, at Mt. Zion United Church of God 705 Banner Ave. Greensboro NC at 2: 00 pm. Family will receive friends from 1-2 pm Saturday August 28, 2021 followed by the service at 2:00 pm. Internment will be held on Monday August 30, 2021 at 5710 Carolina Biblical Garden Jamestown NC at 11:00 am. Viewing for the public will be held on Friday August 27, 2021 in the Chapel from 3-7 pm.
~ The Obituary ~
Elder Arlene Denise Dunn, 64, of Greensboro NC passed away Tuesday morning, August 24 around 12:01a.m. at the Heartland Living and Rehab Center in Greensboro, NC. At an early age she accepted the Lord. Along with spiritual instructions from her father and mother, she continued to learn about the Lord with her spiritual foundation at Galilee United Church of God, Hayes Memorial, Victory Chapel, Morton’s Temple, Resurrection Fellowship, Greater Metropolitan and became a spiritual tutor and encourager of many. Her faith walk lead others to Christ.
“Denise”, “Aunt NeNe”, “Aunt Denise”, “Elder Denise” or “Miss Dunn”, as she was affectionately called by many, was born January 18, 1957 to the late Bishop Zollie Dunn, Jr. and Mother Bernice Dunn, owners of Bernice’s Flowers. She was the oldest of three children, Michael and Victoria, who preceded her in death.
Denise was educated in the Guilford County School system. She was a graduate of Page High School and attended Greensboro College. Later she returned to NC A&T State University to complete her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Adult Education. She was given the nickname “Teacher’s Pet” because the professors always wanted to hear her thoughts and insights, first. She later attended the Apex School of Theology.
Denise was an intellectual with great spiritual insights. She would always have some thought provoking and revelatory response that would spark deeper conversations, discussions, or options to be considered.
Denise learned the floral business from her mother at the family business, Bernice’s Flowers and Gifts and later became the owner of the business after her mother’s health declined and renamed it Bernices’ Two. She always kept the business motto “For happy hours say it with flowers”.
Denise never married or had any biological children of her own but she engaged herself in caring for her father, mother, her sister, her three (3) “heart beats” – nephews (Maurice and Rodney) and niece (Damaris) and extended herself to many “saints and friends”. She would always champion the cause of those who many considered the “least of these”. Denise was an avid reader, florist, gardener, decorator and puzzle solver as well. She was an extraordinary woman!
When her health began to decline due to MS, multiple sclerosis, and losing her mobility she became a resident of Heartland Living and Rehab Center. Denise continued her ministry by starting a weekly Bible Study group where she explained the power of the Word of God that even when confined and have declining health, you must still hold on. She continued to use her gift of creativity and taught the residents how to make floral wreaths and arts and crafts. She later organized a
community garden at the facility and was elected to be the President of the Resident Council at the Rehab Center.
Left to cherish her memory is her stepmother Elder Elsie Dunn.
Her cousins/brothers Elder Joseph Barnes (Glenda), Jason Barnes (Pam), Eric Barnes and Kenneth Barnes. Two nephews/sons Maurice Dunn and Rodney Dunn. Her niece/daughter Damaris Staton (Ronnie). Two sister-in-laws Sharon Simmons and Betty Benton. Three uncles Elder Curtis Greene (Georgiana), Elder Roger Green (Gwen) and Mr. Kenneth Green, and one Aunt Ms. Barbara Green. Special friends Sherry Cook, Sandra Phillips, Phyllis Bethea, Daphne Rodgers, NaTasha Gerald, David Waterman, Terrance Thomas, and Bishop Eric Pugh along with a host of other great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
Her testimony remained to the end, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
Service is entrusted to Allen and Associates Mortuary Cremation.
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