April Joy Dunn
1973 - 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of April Joy Dunn announces her death on August 8. 2020 after a long emotional battle.

April was born on January 25, 1973 in Homerville, Georgia to Cecil and Brenda Dunn. She spent the first 10 years of her life there. April was the baby of the family joining two sisters and two brothers. Growing up, April's family was a happy and adventurous one. Many times after her siblings and Dad would leave for school, April and her Mom would jump in the car and take off on a day trip. They would be back before everyone came home from school. It was their little secret.

April's family traveled often. When her Dad was offered a job with the Dolores County School District in Colorado they were all excited to begin a new chapter of their lives. While the family was all together, the plan was to spend a couple of years experiencing the Southwest. That couple of years turned into more than 20. The family loved this part of the country and had many wonderful times.

April made many friends throughout life. One special friend, Chris Wright, became her husband in 1994. To this union a baby girl was born, Karisa Rae. Karisa was the light of April's world and remained the very best thing that happened in her life. Although April and Chris' marriage ended, they remained devoted in the co-parenting of Karisa.

The last years of April's life were often very difficult. Her family did not know she was in an abusive relationship until her dad died in September 2018. She hid it well, as victims often do. Upon returning home, she found the strength to end the relationship and wanted to become healthier mentally, spiritually and physically. April failed many times. She turned to alcohol and prescription medication to numb her feelings and the repercussions that were coming from her attempt to end the relationship.

The last month of her life, April was making plans to go to Florida to visit her mother, to sit beside the ocean and envision a new life. Everyone she talked to told her family of her excitement. If heaven has a beach, she is there.

Leaving behind to mourn her are: her daughter, Karisa Wright of Durango, CO; her mother Brenda Dunn of Live Oak, FL; sisters Shawn Valdez of Cortez, CO and Lesley Foster (Al) of Beaumont, TX; her brothers John Dunn of Montrose, CO and Adam Dunn of Live Oak, FL; as well as a host of nieces and nephews who adored their Auntie.

Because April was a victim of gaslighting and domestic violence, her family has set up a way, that people who want to honor her memory, can do so. Donations in April's memory can be made to Renew, Inc. which offers many services for victims of domestic abuse, including a safe house. A Benefit for Renew, in April's memory, will be held in October.

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Published in The Journal on Aug. 24, 2020.
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September 1, 2020
You were a gift to know. Your spirit shall forever be around us.
Lydia Rodriguez
Friend
August 29, 2020
I will choose to remember all the amazing times we shared and the joy April had when her baby girl was born.....she was her world. ❤ Karisa will be okay, she will forever miss her Momma but we will do everything and anything to keep her safe, loved and adored. April can now rest in peace without worry or pain.
Wendy
Family
August 27, 2020
I would want April to know that her Karisa will always be taken care of and given all the support that she needs,and all the love, and remind her of her mom's love for her. Your with God now April no worries.
Dorothy Wright
Family
August 27, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to read about April. She was a junior high student of mine when I taught in Dove Creek 35 years ago and often rode with me to school. She was delightful. Our paths didn't cross in recent years but I thought of her family often. Thank you for the courage to share her story. I love the quote by Thomas Merton--"Faith is agreeing to live without resolution." There is so much in life we don't understand.
Ann Haspels
Teacher
August 27, 2020
We never what goes on around us nor with in us but let us all be aware starting now. April was a giving person a loving mother , she loved Karisa with all her heart that I know, anything else God will handle. She is always in our hearts and thoughts.
Dorothy wright
Family
August 26, 2020
Unfortunately because life takes over I have not seen April in many years but what I remember is that it didn't matter what mood I was in or how I felt, the moment I would see her a smile would come over my face. Because ever time I saw her she had a smile and if her smile wasn't good enough to make me smile she knew exactly what to say to make it happen. For all the hurt, hate, and sadness I have encountered in life I just want to say thank you April for the smiles.
JEFF WHALEY
Friend
August 25, 2020
April was my friend for 30 plus years. I will miss her more than I can put into words. She helped give me the chance to start my life over and introduced me to my husband. I was truly blessed to know her and I pray for peace and healing for her family.
Jennifer Trembly
Friend
August 25, 2020
My sweet sweet auntie , you will live on forever . I love you endlessly.
Aspen Foster
Family
August 24, 2020
No words can express my sorrow for your loss. Every time I ran into April she always had a smile on her face, you would never expect that she was hiding so much pain. God bless you all.
Lorraine Boblitt
Friend
August 24, 2020
There are no words to express my sorrow for all her loved ones! She always had a smile on her face you would never know by talking to her that she was in so much pain! God bless you all!
Lorraine Boblitt
Friend
August 24, 2020
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