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Madelyn Dunham blazed a trail for women in banking
HAWAII NEWS ^ | 12:35 p.m. HST, Nov 03, 2008 | Susan Essoyan

Posted on 11/03/2008 3:02:28 PM PST by Jo Nuvark

Madelyn Payne Dunham opened doors for women at Bank of Hawaii with a firm hand and no fanfare, the same way she helped raise her grandson, Barack Obama.

Dunham, 86, died last night after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from Obama and his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Petite and determined, Dunham rose from clerk to bank vice president in the space of a decade, one of two women to reach that position at Bankoh in 1970, the first ever. Dunham remained reserved then, just as she was decades later when the world’s spotlight shone on her grandson.

“She’s a very down-to-earth person, a tiny little woman,” said Alice Dewey, a University of Hawaii professor emeritus and family friend. “No nonsense.”

During Obama’s historic campaign for the U.S. presidency, Dunham steadfastly ...

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TOPICS: Announcements; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: dunham; grandmother; madelyn; madelyndunham; obama; obamafamily; obituary

1 posted on 11/03/2008 3:02:29 PM PST by Jo Nuvark
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To: Jo Nuvark

2 posted on 11/03/2008 3:05:54 PM PST by AndrewB
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To: Jo Nuvark

...died last night...

Took a while to make the announcement.


3 posted on 11/03/2008 3:08:59 PM PST by April Lexington (I'm voting for McCain in 2008 and Jefferson Davis in 2012)
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To: Jo Nuvark

God rest her soul.


4 posted on 11/03/2008 3:19:46 PM PST by choctaw man (choctaw man)
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To: Jo Nuvark
When I read about this gal the only thing that occurs to me are Lillian Carter's words....

"When I look at my four children sometimes I say to myself,Lillian,you should have stayed a virgin."

5 posted on 11/03/2008 3:19:50 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: April Lexington
Took a while to make the announcement.

Timing the campaign ads? Naaahhhh....Osama would *never* do anything like that.

6 posted on 11/03/2008 3:21:49 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Jo Nuvark

I suspect she could have died any time in the last few days. Too bad this seems timed for maximum sympathy. Sorry. I don’t believe 0bama has a conscience. I believe he would use anything and everything to manipulate people. Prayers for Mrs.Dunham’s soul. Maybe she was a decent person.


7 posted on 11/03/2008 3:25:07 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Jo Nuvark; mnehrling

Ping!


8 posted on 11/03/2008 3:25:55 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: originalbuckeye

Actually, despite being a banker, she was quite the leftist herself (along with her husband, Barry’s putative grandfather, who was a truly raving leftist).


9 posted on 11/03/2008 3:29:40 PM PST by livius
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To: Gay State Conservative

OH MAN....That’s my FAVORITE Miss Lillian quote of ALL time!!


10 posted on 11/03/2008 3:31:21 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: livius

I’m starting to think that Leftism is an illness. I wish there was a cure for it.


11 posted on 11/03/2008 3:32:07 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: livius

A whole family of RADICALS!! Is the Madelyn’s BROTHER a RADICAL ALSO??


12 posted on 11/03/2008 3:32:37 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: livius
"she was quite the leftist herself (along with her husband, Barry’s putative grandfather, who was a truly raving leftist)"

Where are the details of this available?

13 posted on 11/03/2008 3:33:11 PM PST by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (RINOs? PUMA))
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To: Ann Archy
OH MAN....That’s my FAVORITE Miss Lillian quote of ALL time!!

A mother who's prepared to tell the truth about her worthless children.Ain't many of those around these days.At least not in this country.

Of course,we'll never even get the facts regarding Osama's birthplace from *his* family.Or from the State of Hawaii.

14 posted on 11/03/2008 3:37:02 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Paladin2; Ann Archy

I don’t know anything about the brother. But all the details about the family have been posted here, and apparently Obama’s unreadable exercises in self-definition, his “autobiographies,” contain information on them.

The grandfather, of course, is the one who thought that Barry should be brought up by Frank Marshall Davis, a black Marxist radical with sexual obsessions.

The daughter, Obama’s (again, putative) mother, was a typical red diaper baby, and had indeed been raised by two very left-wing parents, Obama’s white grandfather and grandmother.


15 posted on 11/03/2008 3:48:16 PM PST by livius
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To: Jo Nuvark

If she blazed such a big trail, how come no one has ever heard of her?


16 posted on 11/03/2008 3:48:16 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

Please dont take this personally because it isnt mean to be that way.

But what you wrote is a pet peeve of mine. I read through obituaries all the time and see all of the wonderful things that people did and how great they were. But when I met them, they were idiots or jerks to their families.

Some people just cannot bring themselves to be honest about the dead. I dont mean we need to disrespect the deceased. And it is not necessary to bring up all of their ill deeds. Just let them be remembered as they were, not as if they had no sins.


18 posted on 11/03/2008 3:54:57 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: Jo Nuvark
From the article:

When he left them two years later, the Dunhams stepped in to help raise little “Barry,” so his mother could go back to college and get her degree in anthropology. They also looked after Barry during his fifth-grade year and again in high school, allowing him to attend the prestigious Punahou School with help from scholarships. His mother spent those years in Indonesia, her second husband’s homeland and the site of her field work as an anthropologist.

This is interesting. There has been some conflicting information about whether he was in Indonesia until age 10 or age 12. Maybe this slipped out; he came to Hawaii for grade 5 (age 10) and then went back to Indonesia until high school (age 14?). I think he tries as best he can to minimize the time he spent in Indonesia.

19 posted on 11/03/2008 4:08:37 PM PST by Defiant (Welcome to the People's Republic of Yeswecanistan. Spread the wealth!)
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To: Vermont Lt

I have no earthly idea what you are saying?


20 posted on 11/03/2008 4:18:36 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I wanted to say something also but didn’t want to appear crass.....but my question was going to be, what kind of funeral does an atheist have? If they do not believe in God, how would they have sins? Based on what?


21 posted on 11/03/2008 4:19:39 PM PST by GrannyK
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To: GrannyK

Whether you believe in God or not, does not mean you are without sin.

But Madeline Dunham knows that by now.


22 posted on 11/03/2008 4:28:03 PM PST by exit82 (The only person that could get me to vote for John McCain is Sarah Palin -God bless her)
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To: freekitty

Lefty banker in Hawaii, not much beyond the ordinary. Now her daughter with the BLAZING TAIL is a different matter.
Probably hard to swallow even for lefties.


23 posted on 11/03/2008 4:28:59 PM PST by dusttoyou (First they steal our savings, then our liberty)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Is this a thread where we can only say nice things?


24 posted on 11/03/2008 5:14:00 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“When I look at my four children sometimes I say to myself, Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.”

Had you posted this when her death was first announced I wouldn’t have been surprised if moderators had jumped to delete the post. It takes a while for the obvious truth to become accepted.


25 posted on 11/03/2008 5:16:03 PM PST by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that wants to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: P-Marlowe

Ith my thongue wuthent bthleething tho bathly, I wou thbe thlaughing!


26 posted on 11/03/2008 5:29:05 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: freekitty

Me either. I had the same question about her background, since I never knew she blazed any trails until now, either-especially considering she would have been in her fifties at the time, and in an awkward position raising a grandchild of mixed race during the seventies.


27 posted on 11/03/2008 5:34:41 PM PST by unsycophant
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To: Jo Nuvark

Its kinda like the old bumper sticker:

Jesus is Coming
Everybody Look busy

Only its:

Omama’s Grandmother died today
Quick, everybody act sad.


28 posted on 11/03/2008 5:39:36 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: All

I don’t care about her politics. She was a woman, a citizen, who was not seeking the highest office in the land. I also will not blame her grandson’s views or character on her.


29 posted on 11/03/2008 5:41:55 PM PST by PghBaldy ("The suburbs bore me" :Obama)
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To: unsycophant

I know.


30 posted on 11/03/2008 7:23:18 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty
If she blazed such a big trail, how come no one has ever heard of her?

You will hear plenty about her when $10 million in taxpayer dollars go towards building a memorial to her in Hawaii.

31 posted on 11/03/2008 10:54:17 PM PST by FreepShop1 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: Jo Nuvark
How come no one ever heard of her until NOW?

Shameless Obama trying to use his dead, white grandmother to better himself. No shame there ... . Look at how he treated ole Hitlery? Another “trail blazer”.

32 posted on 11/04/2008 6:16:38 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: originalbuckeye
"I suspect she could have died any time in the last few days. Too bad this seems timed for maximum sympathy. Sorry. I don’t believe 0bama has a conscience. I believe he would use anything and everything to manipulate people. Prayers for Mrs.Dunham’s soul. Maybe she was a decent person." You are not alone. I found the timing of her death VERY SUSPICIOUS. Man, did I get jumped on from naive feepers. What these freepers don't understand is that Obama doesn't have DEENT VALUES OR BELIEFS so it is quite plausibile, her death was used as a sympthy ploy - perhaps even helped along.

Notice Michele and the kiddies did NOT go with him to see her and Obama was campaigning, not with Granny when he got the news ... It smells. He already threw her under the bus and he will do ANYTHING TO WIN. That we know for sure. Even infanticide doesn't phase him ... think about it.

33 posted on 11/04/2008 6:20:24 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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