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DUNBAR, Nenita Matias

September 16, 1960 – Camalaniugan, Philippines
September 7, 2018 – Airdrie, Alberta

Nita, beloved wife of William Dunbar of Airdrie, AB, passed away peacefully at home, with her husband, mother and family by her side on September 7, 2018 at the age of 57 years.

Nita started her struggle with Brain Cancer (Glioblastoma) in January of 2017, taking all of the treatments available, fighting all of the way, while still enjoying life as much as possible, until answering God’s call.

She was the second born child of Arsenio and Placida Matias who raised a wonderful family of three girls and two boys. After finishing school, Nita worked as a Live-in Caregiver in the Philippines and Singapore.

In 1990 she successfully immigrated to Whitehorse, Yukon, in the same field of employment working for several families. In the fall of 1994 Nita brought her skills to the Dunbar household to look after them as they had just experiences two major tragedies. She stayed with the family when they relocated to Airdrie, Alberta during the summer of 1996.

Bill and Nita were happily married April 24, 1999. After the wedding they moved to Brazil, living in Rio de Janeiro just off the beach in Leblon. What a year touring all over the country, from the Amazon to the southern tip.

Returning to Canada after the job was completed, they travelled together to difference provinces all over Canada, and the Northern and mid USA. She loved to take pictures of their travels and collecting souvenirs and memories from places they’d been. Nita also enjoyed gardening during the summertime and having lots of flowers and veggies in her backyard.

She was organized and always busy putting things away or cleaning. Nita was a person of great faith, family oriented, generous and the kindest person you could ever meet. Nita was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all, and is deeply missed.

She is survived by her loving husband Bill Dunbar; her mother Placida; stepsons, Stephen, Rob, Bob and Greg; stepdaughters, Angela, Ditas and Krista; her grandchildren, Stephanie, Cameron, Clayton Hannah, Ben, Bryan, Megan, Sabine, Josephine, Madisen and Mercedes; her sisters, Rosario Jacob and Nila De Asis; her brothers, Rogelio and Benjamin Matias; and her nieces and nephews, Althea, Leainie, Oliver, Audrey, Mervin, Aina, Myleen, Ariane, Grace, Ronil, Greg, Jaron and Junior. She was predeceased by her father Arsenio Matias.

Relatives and friends are invited to Viewing and Prayers at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB) on September 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held at ST. PAUL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, (1305 Main St. Airdrie AB), on September 25, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reception to follow at St. Paul’s. The Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., at Airdrie Cemetery (33 Big Hill Way S.E.). Condolences may be forwarded through A special thank you to Dr. Luba Kazatchenko, family physician; Dr. John Kelly, Neurosurgeon; Dr. Lim, Radiation Oncology; Dr. Roldan-Urgoiti, Medical Oncology and their medical and administrative teams and Darcia Latimer RN, Case Manager; In-Home Palliative Care team, for their loving care and support. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Nenita Dunbar, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Bernie and Elsie Biever

    What a beautiful description of Nita! We will miss her and that twinkle in her eyes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  2. I am saddened to hear of the passing of Nita. My thoughts are with you and your family. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.

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  3. For right now and all the days ahead – wishing you and your family strength and peace.
    With Sympathy,
    Harvey and Diane Marshall

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  4. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Nita passed away.
    She was my first friend in Canada, a very dear one.
    She worked for us for couple summer. She was hard working and very dependable.
    I always treasure our friendship.
    Farewell my good friend…….
    To Bill, Nanay and Nila…. I am sending you my love and hugs in this difficult time.
    I am deeply sorry that I will not be able to attend Nita’s funeral.
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

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