The Rev. Canon Deborah Dunn, Class of 1991, rector of St. Peter’s, Santa Maria, CA, and a former deployment officer for the Diocese of Los Angeles, died April 19, 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.
Dunn 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).
Ordained a priest by Bishop Frederick Borsch in 1992, Dunn earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas in 1976 before attending General. She was born in Angleton, Texas, in August 1951.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Michael Cunningham, rector of St. Mary’s, Lompoc; their daughter and son, Sarah and Simon, and daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandchildren; Deborah’s brother, the Very Rev. William Dunn, vicar of St. Stephen’s, Beaumont; and her mother, Ella Lee DeDe 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.
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 (Diocese of Los Angeles).