Debra Ann Connaway, 52, of Astoria, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 in Astoria.

She was born May 23, 1953 in Mt. Clemens, Mich., to Charles Joseph and Naomi Larue (Kidd) Dugan. Both parents survive; her mother, Naomi Dugan, lives in Astoria, and father and stepmother, Charles and Barbara Dugan, live in Panama Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Connaway attended Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and graduated in 1971.

She was a resident of Clatsop County for 31 years. Her major loves were family, reading, flowers and traveling.

Mrs. Connaway was an educator. She started the Medical Assisting program at both Tongue Point Job Corps Center and Clatsop Community College. Family members said she was extremely proud of her association with the Women's Crisis Service, Clatsop County AIDS Coalition, the Mackenzie River Gathering Trust Fund and the Funding Exchange on a national level for progressive social change and compassion.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Connaway is survived by her husband, Chris Connaway of Astoria; one son and fiance, Nathan Charles Connaway and Jessica Ann Bailey of Corvallis; one daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Kidd Connaway of Portland; one brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Aly Dugan of Las Vegas; two aunts, Kathy and husband Steve Collins of Charlotte, N.C., and Susie and husband Stosh Swierzcynski of Roseville, Mich.

Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hughes-Ransom Cremation and Mortuaries in Astoria.

Memorial will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Astoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mackenzie River Gathering Trust Fund, care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation and Mortuaries in Astoria.

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