Mary Lou Dunavan

June 27, 1930July 23, 2020

Mary Lou Dunavan passed away July 23, 2020. She was born June 27, 1930 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to William C. and Ella (Allen) McMakin. Mary had a great love for her children and her church. She had a great sense of humor and was always ready to tell you a joke. She also loved her church and was the song leader for many years. The children from church knew they could always go to her for a stick of gum. Mary was an entrepreneur and loved starting local businesses around Shawnee. She was the family historian and enjoyed crocheting. Those left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Marie Dunavan; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Dunavan and Todd Taylor; grandchild, M’Laine Simpson and her husband, Kodey; and great grandchild, Kimber Simpson; and brother, James McMakin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lloyd R. Dunavan; parents; sisters: Charlotte Dilliner and Wanda Billingsley; and brother, Bill McMakin.


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Jacquita Johnson

August 3, 2020

Sorry for your loss.

Tim Hugo (Fairchild)

July 29, 2020

Sister Mary Dunavan along with her husband raised two children under the admonition of the Lord, that they adopted like their very own. Sister Mary was a wonderful Sunday school teacher and song leader at the Church of God Chapel in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I remember dear Sister Mary having an additional High School graduation celebration for me, by presenting a large graduation cake along with a card that had money in it. May the Lord bless the good memories of Sister Mary Dunavan. Tim Hugo
Sis. Oma Jean Fairchild's son.

Becky Beauford

July 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Jeff and Julie! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Nancy Washburn

July 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Jeff.


Peggy Atwater

July 26, 2020

Such a sweet and precious lady heaven gained another Angel.

Matt McMakin

July 26, 2020

My Aunt Mary was one of a kind. I'm sure all families in the world are special in their own right but the McMakin/Allen combination was special. All of us grew up in a God fearing (most people will not understand what that really means) church and knew right from wrong. Aunt Mary epitomized life and how it should be lived. I always respected her for that and never saw her in a bad mood , always upbeat and loving life. Maybe the cousins can help me with this next thought.....I will always remember Aunt Mary telling a joke that had the phrase "and on top all that...." in it. She would use her high pitched voice to express herself. Then laugh out loud and shake those shoulders. Haha. Shes in heaven now with her siblings singing the Church's McMakin Special with brother Bill, sister Charlotte and Grand Dad Mac. RIP Aunt Mary. You will be missed.


July 26, 2020

I am so sad to see this notice. My heart and prayers are with Mary's family.