Jeanette Dunagan, a longtime columnist for The Daily Courier and The Okanagan Weekend, has died.
She was 85.
Dunagan wrote on issues of particular interest to seniors in a column that ran from 2006 until last year.
Dunagan lived in Kelowna for more than 40 years. She was known in many social circles, and had a special interest through the years in the hospitality industry and its importance to Kelowna.
“She was a very elegant, sociable and intelligent lady with a large circle of friends,” her partner, Mervyn Scott, said Sunday.
Some of Dunagan’s favourite writing topics, Scott said, were health, family, travel and the everyday challenges of growing older.
In her “Senior Moments” column, she wrote movingly of personal matters but also displayed an irreverent style that endeared her to readers.
In her last column for the paper, on Jan. 14, 2019, Dunagan wrote that she had given up “hiding the lined face and flawed breasts, the fluid-filled ankles, and skin that looks like it came from outer space.”
She wrote that she believed “most seniors find the golden years somewhat disappointing and trying to point out the advantages of old age leaves us with long gaps in the conversation.”
But in the same column, she also expressed contentment, happiness and gratitude “for the long life I have been blessed to live.”
Daily Courier Managing Editor James Miller remembers Dunagan as a passionate writer who inspired others with her beautiful words.
“Jeanette was a lovely person, a real booster of both The Courier and print journalism. She always supported our Be an Angel and Raise a Reader campaigns. When I joined The Daily Courier’s team in 2008, she was the first columnist to reach out and welcome me to the community. I will miss her,” Miller said.
According to her obituary announcement, there are no plans for a service at this time.