Pamela Carol Dunker


Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident Pamela Carol Dunker died Dec. 23, 2007. She was 52.

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Family members said her dedication to them was unmatched. She was always ready with a smile, a kind word, support and unconditional love, they said.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Dunker; son, David Dunker and his wife, Jenny; daughter, Jennifer Daane and her husband, Jamison; sister, Mary McFall; brother, Eddie Barcus; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her great passion in life was sign language. She co-founded Juneau's Interpreter Referral Line and made a 22-year career as a deaf educational interpreter for the Juneau School District.

According to her family, she was utterly dedicated to her job, the deaf community and her students. She went out of her way to teach others sign language so her students would be more included and accepted in their community, they said. She followed some of those students all the way through high school graduation. Her roll was crucial in making Juneau's inclusive deaf education program what it is today, they said.

Her hobby in life was playing pool. As a longtime member of the Juneau Billiard Association, she was the player everyone wanted to play, her family said. She loved the game and respect other players, they said.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Chapel by the Lake.

Flowers and cards can be addressed to the church prior to services. Financial contributions can be made through Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union in her name.

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