Sally Wood Martin Dunaway

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Sally Wood Martin Dunaway, 80, passed on to the loving embrace of the Lord on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, peacefully and with love in her heart.

She was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Louisville to the late Rebel and Ina Gardner Martin. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky with her teaching career extending to St. Louis and Elizabethtown, where she became an advocate of many educational entities and was named president of the education association. Moving back to Lexington, she was involved in the Circle Group at Southern Hills United Methodist Church.

She married Bobby C. Dunaway of Stanford, who had just returned from the Korean War and they crossed paths on Woodland and Maxwell streets, sharing olive nut sandwiches. Their marriage was a 50/50 relationship, mainly with the goal of creating a loving and
warm home and life for their twin children, Karen and Clay.

Mrs. Dunaway possessed a wonderful, kind soul, shrouded in humble and gentle benevolent love for all humans and also a great sense of humor. As a school teacher and beautiful wife and mother, she was an ambassador for cheerful feelings. She loved music and dancing, especially music from the Big Band Era.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Carlile; and her daughter, Karen Dunaway-Alexander.

Survivors include a son, Clay Carlile Dunaway of Lexington; a sister, Marcella Martin Leach; two sisters-in-law, Allean (Don) Blose of Riverside, Calif., and Eilean Clausen of Chatsworth, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Billy Dunaway of Glendale, Calif.; four nephews, Dr. Henry Thompson Nicholas III of Newport Coast, Calif., Douglas Blose and Gary and Greg Clausen; and two nieces, Marcy Nicholas and Sandra Bruckner.

The funeral is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington with Dr. Bill Moore and the Rev. Jill Ruhl officiating. Burial follows in Lexington Cemetery.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

A Celebration of Sally's life is from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Campbell House, Crown Plaza, featur-ing music and show tunes from the Big Band Era and a prime rib and lobster buffet.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Hills United Methodist Church or the .
Published in The News-Enterprise on Dec. 13, 2012
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