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Dellamaria “Toby” Dunkin, 62, died peacefully Oct. 1, 2017, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
She was born Dellamaria Tavares on Nov. 8, 1954, in Ketchikan.
She resided in Oahu, Hawaii, from 1955 until 1959, when she returned to Ketchikan. She graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1973, and married Lonnie Dunkin Jr. in Ketchikan on Feb. 8, 1974. They moved to Brazosport, Texas, where Mr. Dunkin served in the U.S. Coast Guard, then returned to Ketchikan in 1977. When medical problems became too great, she moved to Anchorage in 2016.
Mrs. Duncan was an artist from 1973 throughout the rest of her life. She was a foster parent mom from 1983 to 1999. She worked as an arts and crafts instructor and skating monitor with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Parks and Recreation Department from 2003 to 2007.
She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mrs. Dunkin enjoyed fishing, cooking, arts and crafts, weaving, wood and soapstone carving, and jewelry-making.
Mrs. Dunkin was preceded in death by her father, Louis Tavares; and mother, Clara Frazer.
She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Dunkin Jr. of Ketchikan; sons, Lonne Dunkin III of Austin, Texas, and Shaun Dunkin of Ketchikan; daughter, Barbara Dunkin of Anchorage; and nine grandchildren.
A viewing will be at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, followed by a service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, and a funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, both at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Duncan’s remains will be intered at Bayview Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.