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Theresa Linn Dunbar

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Theresa Linn DUNBAR Theresa Linn Dunbar, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and cherished friend, passed away peacefully at her Seattle home with her family by her side on May 29, 2011 after an 18 year battle with breast cancer. Born September 17, 1954 in Ravenna, OH, she moved to Seattle with her family in 1963. After becoming one of two in the first graduating class at Federal Way's new Decatur High School, she attended the University of Washington. She was a field organizer and national convention delegate for Morris Udall in 1976, worked for the Washington State Legislature for several years, and was Washington State coordinator for the Teddy Kennedy campaign in 1980. In 1980, she began working for the City of Seattle, where her love and knowledge of politics, exceptional people skills, and an uncanny ability to read really, really fast proved to be irreplaceable as the clerk for the Seattle City Council. She thoroughly enjoyed her work with the Clerk's office and Council Members and staffers and was dearly loved and valued, as evidenced by the quantity and especially quality of chocolate they shared with her. She and her family were and are forever grateful for the outstanding care she received at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted (now Sight Connections). She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Larry Baker, her children Laura Baker (Seattle) and Michael Baker (Derry, NH), her parents Richard Florian Dunbar and Jane Elizabeth (Lakits) Dunbar of Seattle, and her siblings Jacqueline Dunbar, Tina Donaldson (Brad), and David Dunbar. A celebration of her life will take place at the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall on Tuesday, June 7 from 4:30-6:30pm. Remembrances can be made in her honor to Sight Connections at csbps.com or 9709 Third Avenue NE #100, Seattle, WA 98115-2027. We love and desperately miss you, T.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 5, 2011
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