Madella Dunn died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, in her home. She was 77.

Dunn was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Long Beach, Calif. She moved to the four-state area in 1955.

She was employed at Ozark Engineering as an executive secretary where she met her husband, Marvin, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2004. In 1968, he accepted the challenge as president of Joplin Arts and Crafts and brought it to national recognition.

In 1978, a piece of property of northeast Okahoma was purchased that became the foundation for her family, friends and colleagues. Shortly after, Quapaw Metal Products Co. was created.

Recovering from the floods in 1993, she desired to give back to her community by volunteering for the American Red Cross, serving as a rescue and recovery specialist before retiring in 2003.

Survivors include three children, Pamela J. Nielsen, Jennifer Dunn and Richard L. Nielsen, all of Cape Coral, Fla.; one grandson, David J. Austin and wife Jennifer of Roseville, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Mason-Woodward Mortuary & Chapel.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday.