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Kathryn Spears Dunaway

March 15, 1941 – Feb. 2, 2020


NATCHEZ– Services for Kathryn Spears Dunaway, 78, of Natchez, who died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Natchez, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rajesh Behara officiating.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Elijah Justin Roberts Cemetery in Osyka, under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until services time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dunaway was born March 15, 1941, in Independence, Louisiana, the daughter of Major Pernell Spears and Bessie Mae Chandler Spears.


She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She retired from nursing as a registered nurse after working at the Mississippi State Hospital, Methodist/CMMC, St. Dominic and the VA in Jackson.

Mrs. Dunaway was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Elizabeth McGaughey, Elise Beatrice Nobles and Mary Pauline “Polly” Spears; and one brother, Jackie Spears.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Christopher Dunaway and wife, Amy, of Natchez, and Russell Spears Dunaway and wife, Mary, of Brandon; one daughter, Cheryl Nicole “Nicki” Dunaway of Vicksburg; four grandsons, Kyle Winfred Dunaway and wife, Marcy, of St. Francisville, Louisiana, Daniel Alan Dunaway of Gautier, and Chandler Elijah Dunaway and Christopher Elias Dunaway, of Brandon; one granddaughter, Hannah Kathryn Dunaway of Vicksburg; and three great-grandsons, Barrett Kade Dunaway, Cohen James Dunaway and Decker Lee Dunaway, all of St. Francisville.

She is also survived by her beloved dog, Fifi.

Pallbearers will be Kyle W. Dunaway, Christopher E. Dunaway, Daniel A. Dunaway, Chandler E. Dunaway and Sam Cox.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to two charities dear to her heart, Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, after her granddaughter, Hannah Dunaway, who was a patient there, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, after her grandson, Kyle Dunaway, who was a patient there, as well.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.