Doris Gunsalu Death, Obituary – W. COLUMBIA – After a very brief bout with illness, Doris Allen Darden “Dee” Gunsalus passed away on October 4, 2022 at the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. On January 4, 1949, Dee was born to her parents, John W. Darden, Jr. and Hannah Ross Smith Darden, in Conway, South Carolina. She spent her childhood in Conway and received her high school diploma from Conway High School in 1967.
Both the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina provided her with the opportunity to pursue a degree in art. She completed all of the requirements for her degree and received her diploma from Oswego State University in Oswego, New York. Over the course of more than half a century, she was wed to Martin “Marty” Gunsalus, a resident of Long Island, New York. Dee participated in a wide variety of artistic endeavors, including the Jubilee Arts Festival in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and worked as a graphic artist for a number of different businesses.
She spent many years as an active member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and also contributed to the planning and design of St. Ernest Mission Catholic Church in Pageland, South Carolina. After relocating into the Quail Valley subdivision in Irmo, South Carolina, she became a member of the Quail Valley Garden Club and began going to Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia. Both of these activities brought her much delight.
Her husband Marty, her sister Carolyn Karn of Bennettsville, and a great number of nieces and nephews who were very close to her and loved her very much are among the people who survive her. Her two parents as well as her brother, John W. Darden III, passed away before she was born. The Temples-Halloran Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral preparations at this time, and their website features a Guest Book for visitors to sign.
On Friday, October 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., a funeral mass along with other concluding ceremonies will be held at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, which is located at 120 Marydale Lane in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to the start of the service, the family will be available to welcome friends from 9:00 to 9:50 in the morning. In lieu of sending flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be donated to Catholic Charities in Dee’s honor.