Juneau resident Veronica Kay Dunnam died on Oct. 25, 2007. She was 50.
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"Her lips had uttered many stories and her hands had changed many lives," her daughter said. "She was a mother to every one she knew and a child among her withering peers."
"Music was her blood and essence," her daughter said. "When she was no older than 25, she was singing in the Sydney Opera House for Europian royalty and thousands of eager ears."
When she wasn't involved in that, she was taking care of children, some of which weren't hers by blood.
"There was a love in her that was unique and raw, one that can never be replaced or done justice by even the purest heart.
"Now that she lays to rest the body that contained her youthful spirit, I invite every single one of you who reads this to send her off properly. Whether you be friend or stranger, I urge you to join me. She never really knew how many people loved her, so we should remind her one last time before we let go of such a truly incredible woman."
"She was my mother and teacher," her daughter said. "Regardless of her sufferings, her heart was always in the right place."
She is survived by her children, Alvina Dunnam, Katherine Jordan and Nicole Dunnam; grandchildren.
Her service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, (her 51st birthday) at St. Paul's Catholic Church. A reception will follow.
If desired, financial support can be sent to Alvina Dunnam, 9951 Stephen Richard's Drive No. 29, Juneau, AK 99801.