Mary Patricia Dunahay (1957 - 2018)

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Littleton and Colorado lost one of its
finest human beings. Mary Dunahay
lost her life to Pneumonia complications
at Littleton Hospital on February
19, 2018. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Alan and Sydney Harmon
and her nephew, Alan Hutto. Mary is
survived by her spouse, Patrick Dunahay;
her daughter, Jordan (Brandon)
McCarty and her son, Cade Dunahay;
grandchildren, Madeline McCarty and
MacKenzie McCarty; siblings, Beth
(Jim) Jackman, Holly (Frank) Hutto,
Reed Harmon, and Jill Harmon.
She was born in Hobbs, New Mexico
on June 12, 1957. Her parents then
settled in Littleton, Colorado when
Mary was 4 years old, a city she loved
and made her home. Even as a child,
Mary stood out in a large family. She
was definitely the smart one and
always seemed older than she was. She
loved mythology and off beat toys like
Jane West and Creeple People. She was
athletic and beautiful, with long dark
hair and brilliant blue eyes. Her lovely
twisted take on the world was evident
early. She was incredibly artistic,
musical, and her tastes were always
much more sophisticated and somewhat
dark. Her favorite television show
was Dark Shadows, the predecessor
to The Walking Dead, which was her
latest favorite show. Her early musical
favorites were Jethro Tull, "Sitting on
a Park Bench," and the English rock
band, Deep Purple. She graduated
from Arapahoe High School in 1975
and continued her education at Mesa
State College in Grand
Junction, CO.
Mary was lucky she
found her rebel soul
mate, Pat Dunahay, at the
young age of 16. At first
her parents were uneasy
about Pat, until they got
to know him. She was so
taken with his edgy side,
hard work ethic, and the
way his brain worked.
They were married in
1978. They started PDA,
Inc. together working out
of the back of a garage on
a kitchen table. She helped him every
step of the way, acting as his sounding
board for every idea. After 45 years together,
they had a secret language and
sense of humor, that only they understood.
Their romance was fierce and
ran deeper than words can express.
Mary became a mother at a young
age. Her daughter Jordan and son
Cade became the focus of her life. She
was a bit unconventional at times, for
instance, Jordan's first solid food was
guacamole. She was very passionate
about being a mother. She jumped into
all of Jordan and Cade's activities with
boundless enthusiasm, never missing
a single thing. Whether she was being
a room mother or a base coach, she did
it with ingenuity, distinctiveness and
flare. She handmade wildly unique
costumes for talent shows, school
plays and fundraising events. On the
sidelines or in the bleachers, Mary was
one badass mama bear.
Cade and Jordan were
lucky, she could outbully
a bully. Mary was
even a better mother
as Cade and Jordan became
young adults. She
was their mentor, fan
and inspiration. There
was no other person
they would rather hang
around with.
Not surprisingly, she
made the transition to
Grandmother with the
same kind of passion
and devotion. Her granddaughters
Madeline and McKenzie became the
brightest stars in her life. She loved
the time she spent with Maddie and
Kenzie. She truly cherished every
moment with them, whether it be a
family gathering or a wild adventure.
Mary would say that many of her life's
greatest moments were spent with her
While family was always first, as her
children grew up, she began to pursue
her lifelong love affair with horses. It
all started when Pat gave Mary a horse
named Harley. In 2008, she decided to
open her own business. She purchased
a small barn with a beautiful piece of
property in the foothills of Littleton.
Through an extensive renovation, a
lot of hard work and dedication, Mary
Dunahay turned Savoy Stables into
a top show barn. In the 10 years of
owning Savoy, Mary became a beloved
and highly respected part of the horse
community. Her legacy will live on in
the hearts of all the people and animals
that she has touched.
Mary was adored by all her family.
She was truly an amazing daughter
and sister. Mary was the favorite to
each one of them. She was so tender,
kind, and entertaining to her mother
who passed away only days before her.
Mary had many friends in all phases
of her life. People were just plain
drawn to her. She kept childhood
friends to the very end and probably
made a new friend the day she
passed. If you hadn't seen her awhile,
it didn't matter. You caught up quickly
and wished you could spend more
time with her. People liked her fierce
independence and the rebel in her.
She wasn't afraid to take risks. And she
certainly didn't try to stay within the
lines. There wasn't a phony or pretentious
bone in her body. She had the
confidence to say take me or leave, I
am who I am. To have known her and
to have been loved by her was truly an
There will be a Celebration of Life in
honor of our beloved Mary on March
10th, 2018 from 5 to 8 o'clock in the
evening, at Savoy Stables. The address
is 9249 Rangeview Lane, Littleton, CO
80125. Casual attire, jeans are recommended.
In lieu of gifts or flowers,
please do something kind for someone
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Mar. 7 to Apr. 6, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery
6601 South Colorado Blvd | Centennial, CO 80121 | (303) 771-3960
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