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Mary LaWanda Dunaway

1930 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mary LaWanda Dunaway Obituary
Dunaway, Mary LaWanda
86 of Chandler, Arizona, passed away on November 10, 2016. She was born on July 5, 1930, to Leslie and Inez Fern (Swan) Russell in Shidler, Oklahoma. She grew up in Arkansas and Oklahoma. She married David Dunaway, the love of her life, in 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Throughout their life together, they lived in Oklahoma until 1974, then relocated to Houston and finally settled in Arizona in 1981. Mary enjoyed sewing and quilting, and she was especially known for her cookies. She once burned out the heating element in her oven making cookies to feed the homeless. She enjoyed doing charity work and she was a member of United Methodist Women and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mary is survived by her daughters, Patricia J. Hicks (Mrs. Fred) and Elizabeth A. Johns (Mrs. Allan); grandchildren, Rachel E. Greene (Mrs. John), Sarah Johns, and Russell Johns; great grandchildren Jack Greene and Roy Greene. A memorial service will be held on November 20, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Valley of the Sun Cemetery. Valley of the Sun Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to , or the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 17, 2016
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