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Barbara Ann (Johnson) Dunaway

March 11, 1935-Jan. 25, 2011

Barbara Ann (Johnson) Dunaway, 75, died on Jan. 25, 2011, after a stroke related to newly diagnosed leukemia.


Barbara Ann (Johnson) Dunaway

Dunaway, the daughter of Nancye Ryan, was born March 11, 1935, and raised in Maysville, Ky., where she met and married Harold Dunaway, her husband of 55 years. Their life led them to New Mexico, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri and, eventually, to Alaska, where in 1968 they were sent by Campus Crusade for Christ to work with military personnel. Their spiritual journey eventually led them to the Orthodox Church and the founding of Saint John Cathedral, a story told in the recent book, "Community of Grace," by Mary Alice Cook.

The family said, "Through her kindness, Barbara became a mom and grandma to many beyond her immediate family. One soldier who came to her home in 1970 and later became a minister said, simply, she was 'a woman full of goodness.' Her life was devoted to serving God, her church community and her family. An icon of hospitality, she was known for her open door, wonderful sourdough pancakes, her love of literature, and her ability to make all feel welcome and at home."

Barbara is survived by her husband, the Rev. Harold Dunaway; her children and their families, the Rev. Marc and Elizabeth Dunaway of Eagle River, the Rev. Michael and Leslie Dunaway of Goldendale, Wash., and the Rev. David and Luanne Barr of Austin, Texas; her sister Phebe (Davenport) Dyal; her 10 grandchildren, Christopher, John Marc, Macrina, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Marie, Seraphim, Samuel and Christina; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint John Cathedral and will be given in her name to the Sisters of Mary and Martha, the women's group she led for many years and whose work in helping the needy and expressing the hospitality of Saint John Cathedral was dear to her heart. The address is P.O. Box 1108, Eagle River, AK, 99577.

Funeral services were held at Saint John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River on Feb. 2.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.