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 Gracie M. <I>Dunston</I> Minus

Gracie M. Dunston Minus

Death 1 Nov 2012 (aged 59)
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100120478 · View Source
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Gracie Dunston’s death during the storm was a tragedy. But it also was a close call for her family. Dunston succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning in her Trenton home but, when emergency workers arrived, they found seven other family members suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, said city Fire Director Qareeb Bashir.

James Minus, Gracie’s husband for more than 40 years, said their youngest son found her unresponsive in a bedroom less than an hour after she disappeared from the family the night of Oct. 31.

Life was hard for Gracie Dunston — the 59-year-old worked at a Cranbury farm, cleaning spinach — but she spent what time she could making life easier for her husband and her family members. That included bringing as many as she could to her modest home, where she could feed and look after them during the storm.

She made sure other family members had a hearty breakfast featuring pancakes that were legendary for their lightness and fluffiness, family members said. The house had lost power, but Minus powered the appliances he could with a generator in the basement and a propane heater on the first floor.

His wife made the mood in the row house light and happy, Minus said. It was what she usually did for family — and even strangers. She frequently would make meals for the homeless. She also liked to watch cowboy movies and dance.

Minus said the pair would tease each other about their long relationship. "She would say, ‘Honey, you love me?’ and I would say, ‘No.’ I would always tell her that and she knew I meant the opposite. I would say, ‘I love you just as much as you love me, and not a bit more.’"
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