Dawn Duffins

Dawn R. "Grand Dawn" Duffins (Lacy)

Sunday, July 18th, 1943 - Sunday, April 11th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Dawn Duffins, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Dawn Duffins

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Dawn's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Dawn's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Dawn R. Duffins, 77, of Millersburg, formerly of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Premier at Susquehanna Nursing Home.
Dawn was born on July 18, 1943 in Columbia, PA to the late Lawrence and Jean N. (Waters) Lacy. She obtained her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1965 from Millersville University (Millersville State Teacher’s College).
Dawn was a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg and a retired school teacher. She was a special education teacher of kindergarten and first grade students in the Lebanon School District in the 1960’s and in the Harrisburg City School District from the early 1970’s until her retirement in 1995. Dawn also was a former houseparent at the Milton Hershey School.
Dawn is survived by her son, Varo L. Duffins and wife, Sharon, of Springfield, PA, her daughter, Veronica L. Brown and husband, Jason, of Charlotte, NC; her grandchildren, Donovan Brown and Nathan Brown, Gary Gambino (Laura), Heather Shenk, Benjamin Gambino (Taryn); her great grandchildren, Olivia, Rocco and Julianna Gambino; her sister, Carol Wansley (Fred), nieces, Joy Wansley and Celeste Carpenter and her nephews, Jared Wansley and Jarvis Wansley as well as several great nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11 am in Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, PA.
Matinchek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Middletown, PA has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dawn R. "Grand Dawn" Duffins (Lacy), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Dawn

Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 11:00am
    Middletown Cemetery
    675 North Spring Street
    Middletown, PA 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Britt Strohecker
    Send Flowers for Dawn's Service
    Guaranteed delivery before Dawn's Service begins
  • Interment

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 11:00am
    Middletown Cemetery
    675 N. Spring St.
    Middletown, PA 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Dawn here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of Dawn R. "Grand Dawn" Duffins (Lacy) by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Katie Zimmerman

Posted at 03:27am
Dearest Varo & family,
Many fond memories from growing up w/you Varo & your mom watching you off the high dive at Tinian Manor Pool. Our forever joke! May she know how much she was loved & you hold her in your heart forever. God Speed.
Katie Zimmerman

Susan Rimby

Posted at 02:14pm
We were friends of Dawn's from the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg. We considered it a privilege to know her. We were always impressed by her courageous and unrelenting advocacy for children. I don't think any of us can ever fully appreciate everything she contributed to so many people's lives. Susan Rimby and John Katz

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: