In Memory

Deborah Dunn

The Rev. Canon Deborah Dunn, rector of St. Peter's, Santa Maria, and a former deployment officer for the Diocese of Los Angeles, died yesterday, April 19, 2017, at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, after suffering heart failure and complications of a stroke.  She was 65 and had served as rector in Santa Maria since 2007.

Survivors:  husband, the Rev. Michael Cunningham, rector of St. Mary's Lompoc; their daugther and son, Sarah and Simon, and daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandchildren;  Deborah's brother, the Very Rev. William Dunn, vicar of St. Stephans's, Beaumont; and her mother, Ella Lee "Deedee" Dunn; and many friends.

Requiem Eucharist is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, at St.Mary's Church, 2800 Harris Grade Road, Lompoc.

Deborah and Michael recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and early in their common life had been active in music and theater, also serving in professional management roles.  Deborah is well remembered for her singing voice, which she regularly used to enhance liturgies and homilies.

Deborah previously served as vicar of St. Thomas Church, Hacienda Heights (1999-2007), as an associate at St. Matthew's, Pacific Palisades (1995-1999), as an assistant at St. Cross, Hermosa Beach (1992-1993), and as an assistant at St. Francis, Palos Verdes Estates (1991-1992).

Deborah was ordained a priest by Bishop Frederick Borsch in 1992.  She was a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and in 1976 earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas.  She was born in Angleton, Texas, in August 1951.

Greatly loved by her parishioners, Deborah was a remarkable pastor and parish leader.  A feature article offering her perspective on ministries shared between the Santa Maria and Lompoc parishes was just published in this week's new edition of The Episcopal News magazine.

Deborah and her family and parishioners had enjoyed a festive Easter celebration, after which she posted on her Facebook page:  "Easter Day was glorious and there were plentiful people and music and food and flowers.  And God was praised and the people were fed and now it's time to rest awhile.  Thanks to all.  Alleluia!" 

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04/21/17 09:22 AM #1    

Greg Hackney

Thank C. I hadn't heard anything about her after the '69 graduation days.

04/21/17 11:03 AM #2    

Tony Barnard

So sorry to hear about Debbie.  I have fond memories of our times together in Thespians at BHS.  A sweet and caring girl.

04/21/17 04:23 PM #3    

Carolyn Huff


Like so many of my students from the class of '69, Debbie was consistently a joy to teach and to know.



04/22/17 01:51 PM #4    

Roy (Eddie) Carr

This makes me so sad, May you rest in peace and never be forgotten. Prayers for the family.

04/23/17 03:52 AM #5    

Kathaleen Snyder (Varnado)

My internet has been down for 2 weeks & I was shocked to read of Deborah's passing as I got bk online. Her Mom & I talked almost every night so I felt so bad that I wasn't there for her immediatey because her Mom was right there for me last Summer when my grandson was in the horrific accident. Her u tube song that her Mom posted is gorgeous & gave me chills. I guess we never know but seems more & more of our classmates are ill or passing . Sending love to Dede Dunn & Debbie's family. I have very nice memories of Debbie throughout school & she will be truly missed.

11/02/17 06:32 AM #6    

Alice Day (Smith)

I loved Debbie. She always had such a beautiful voice and spirit to go with it. I will see you later Debbie. And we can sing together in heaven.

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