OBITUARY

Barbara J Dunn

January 22, 1933January 25, 2021

Barbara Joyce Neal Dunn, 88, passed away early Monday, January 25 at Randall Residence in Tipp City, Ohio. Barbara was born on January 22, 1933 in Yates Center, New York to Kenneth and Jeannette Neal. She married Raymond Dunn on June 23, 1951 and for the next 69 years they served together in various ministries around the world. From 1952-1955 they worked in California with Missionary Gospel Fellowship and then answered the call to go with Baptist Mid Missions in 1956 to serve in Liberia, West Africa. Upon their return to the states in 1969, Barbara supported Ray as he pastored several mission churches and continued his ministry with Baptist Mid Missions until 1990 when he became director of Jewish Awareness Ministries in Buffalo, New York. She was the consummate life partner to the love of her life, Raymond and was a gifted hostess and wonderful cook. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply and made family time a priority throughout her life. She reflected the Proverbs 31 woman in the way she served her family and others. “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all! The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.” Proverbs 31:29 (The Message) Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, in 2020 and is survived by two sons, Daniel (Tim Gregory) Dunn of Washington, DC, Timothy (Elaine) Dunn of Troy, Ohio, two daughters, Cindy (Mark) Woodard of Summerville, SC and Beth Dunn of Cedar Hill, TX, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, brother, Bill Neal, of Lyndonville, NY, sister-in-law, Dorothy Neal, of Medina, NY and brother-in-law, John Vallance of Spokane, WA. She was predeceased by her brother, Barry Neal and her sister, Elizabeth Vallance. Proverbs 31:30 “Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

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donna Peterson

February 1, 2021

Barb was one of my older cousins. As a 10 year old I was privileged to be in hers and Ray's wedding. As adults, we did get to see each other occasionally. There were good times to remember, always some chuckles, and a sense of her love and care for those well beyond her nuclear family. The verses in the obituary fit so well with how I think of her. A woman who was a blessing to so many others along life's journey. I'm thankful for times shared with her far from the places where she or I grew up. One of God's saints for sure!
Donna Neal Peterson

Sally Wilson

January 29, 2021

Barb Dunn had brought me to the faith of the Lord of whom she resides. I was 12 years old when I came to know the Lord and grew under their ministry. Thank you, Barb, for giving to the Lord, I am the life that was changed. Pastor and Barb supported me and my family as missionaries to Bosnia. I will forever be grateful!

Cynthia Blakemore

January 29, 2021

I never saw her very often as she was older than me and married by the time I remember her. But she was married to Ray, who officiated at my wedding. Recently she told me " he tied a strong knot" -50 years old -the knot.

I remember her smile and laugh! So I am happy that she made an impact in my life.

My condolences to everyone who loved her.
Cynthia Neal Blakemore

Marie Luyben (Swenson)

January 28, 2021

I'm a missionaries' daughter, raised n Liberia. I was in my teens when I visited Ray and Barbara Dunn in Monrovia, becoming very close to them when baby Timmy was born. I give my deepest sympathy to the rest of their family, I sure loved them dearly.

Best regards, Marie

Isabelle Hollenbaugh

January 28, 2021

My heart is sad to have lost a dear friend but thankful to know I will see her again in glory. Barbara and Pastor became special friends during their time in pastoring Village Baptist Church in Illinois. He had the heart of a pastor and Barbara had the heart of a loving wife, and mother and was always a support to her husband in the Lord's ministry. She was a friend of the church people and seemed to take us all 'under her wing' to help us grow in our spiritual walk with the Lord. I saw in her life what 'the Christian walk' should look like. She was a wonderful lady and I am privileged and thankful to have known her.
I'm praying for the family. May God bless you and keep you close to Himself. With Love, Isabelle Hollenbaugh

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