In Loving

Barbara Wells Dunnavant

May 21, 1932 – March 9, 2022

Barbara Wells Dunnavant, 89, of Richmond, Virginia grew up in Philadelphia and New York and later returned to Virginia where she attended Dinwiddie High School while working on her uncle’s tobacco farm.

Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for the Bank of Virginia for many years and then for Citywide Decorators before retiring. She was an avid patron of the arts and dedicated supporter of all her children’s and grandchildren’s endeavors, including making sure that all four of her girls attended college.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Walter Wells; mother Lucille Woodall Mitchell; brother Richard Blue; sister Jacqueline Wells Stosch; and nephew John Stosch.

She is survived by her longtime companion, David Lowrey; daughters  Mary (Mark) Spears, Kathy Dunnavant (Andy Tinnell), Lee Dunnavant (Roger Upchurch), Dana (Brian)Jones; grandchildren Colin Herron, Keyan Herron, Rhiannon Jones, Ethan Jones, Laura Spears; great grandchildren, Sam Harris, Mare Volz, brother, Walter Wells; sisters, Elaine Marlowe Mitchell and Nancy Mitchell; nieces Karen Barbour, Jenifer Hales, Lauren Leach, Melissa Woolum;and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 16, 2022 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23294, to celebrate Barbara’s life.



Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel


Wednesday, March 16, 2022


2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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  1. Ellen Palen March 12, 2022 at 11:35 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Mary- hope you and your family are doing alright during this difficult time. Sending my love- Ellen Palen and family

  2. Haynes Diersing March 12, 2022 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Ms. Dunnavant was always such a warm inviting soul. She made me feel welcome as if l was one of her own daughters. She amazed me with her ability to take the good and the bad in stride. The love and kindness she showed towards her family and others will be greatly missed. RIP Ms. D ❤

  3. Jill Carroll March 14, 2022 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss

  4. Kathy Lawrence March 14, 2022 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Mary…..I am thinking of you and your family with love and prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother. What a lovely picture you shared of her.

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