Pamela Dunwell

Published 7:51 am Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Pamela Dunwell, 57, longtime resident of Kill Devil Hills, passed away on June 7th after a valiant battle with cancer.

Pamela is survived by her children, Nicholas and Clayton Dunwell, and her aunt, Katherine Smith. Her husband, Charles Dunwell, passed away in 2006.

Pamela was born on July 23rd, 1963 to Mary Jane Keenoy and Peter Craft in Virginia Beach, Va. After graduating, she met and moved with her husband, Charles, to the Outer Banks in the 1980s to create a home and start a family.

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Pamela, through her Catholic upbringing and grounded spiritual practice, always brought out the best in everybody with her good deeds and faithful work in community endeavors. She was a beautiful soul who loved her children dearly and did everything to expand their minds and show them the world. Among other things, she brought numerous cultural arts programs to Dare County schools and was a leader in the local Cub and Boy Scout troop.

She had a passion for photography and creating photo albums for every occasion. Her family absolutely loved her fresh baked pumpkin bread and pecan banana bread. She loved animals and especially her son’s cat and dogs who provided a tremendous amount of comfort and joy in her final years.

Pamela was also a writer and was nearing publishing her first novel before passing. Her family hopes to complete the work in her memory.

Everywhere Pamela went she would make friends, trading stories and talking about their hopes and aspirations. She will be dearly missed by her friends, family and all who knew her.

As her final wish, her family and close friends gathered on June 13 and held a ceremony to spread her ashes in the sound with the dolphins. As Pamela loved animals, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the ASPCA or a cancer research fund of the donor’s choice.