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Tribute in Memory of: DaFin Henderson Koontz

DaFin Henderson Koontz
DaFin Henderson Koontz

To the strongest woman we've ever known.
Wife, Momma, and Mammy.

3/30/1960 ~ 10/21/2011

Personal Story

DaFin was diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer in December of 2004. She later tested positive for the BRCA1 gene. She fought hard for seven years all the while advocating the importance of testing for hereditary cancer. She lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer in 2009 and supported her daughter, who also tested positive for BRCA1, as she completed her preventive surgeries.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Wayne Koontz. Her daughter, Jami Barbee and her husband Andy; Her son Josh Koontz and his wife, Jordan; and five grandchildren who were the lights of her life: Austin, Ashtyn, Ella, River, and Danna, who will always be Mammy's babies.

Our hope is that with the help of donations in her memory, the support and education provided by FORCE will help others in their stuggle with the BRCA1 gene.

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People who have donated to this tribute

Andy, Jami, Austin, Ashtyn, Ella Barbee
Chad & Caroline Griffith
Sandy Davis
Herb and Sandra Caudill
Danna Doodle Koontz
Linda S. Jackson
The Phil and Lori Younts Family
April Chunn Ball & Family
Matt and Heather Barnes
Bryan Ashley and Owen Parrish
River Pookerdookie Koontz
Josh and Jordan Koontz
David Hedrick
The Dunworth Family
Sis, Kelly, Chris, Audrey, Amelia, Anna
Lu Gentry and Kathy Uffelman