Minden Press-Herald

Sep 21st

Elizabeth Mardell Gunn

SKMBT_CGunnA sister, a friend, a true Christian Lady

Devoted, loyal, a mentor to others

A very wise lady, positive and sincere

The above lines eloquently describe the late Elizabeth Mardell Gunn, who God saw fit to call to His heavenly home on Jan. 13, 2012 at 2 p.m.

She was the second of six children born to the late Charley Gunn and Patsy De Grate Gunn on Jan. 8, 1924 in Monroe. At the early age of seven years, she was baptized at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Monroe. She became the youth pianist and played for the Baptist Training Union. She was also secretary of the Sunday school. She held these positions for more than eight years.

Elizabeth attended elementary and high school at Monroe Colored High School in Monroe. The school assisted her in becoming well versed academically and socially. After high school graduation, she attended Southern University and majored in Business and English. Later she received the Master's of Science degree from Texas Southern University in Business and Counseling.

In 1947, she obtained employment in Webster Parish at Webster High School. Elizabeth worked at Webster High and Junior High for 40 years.

She loved teaching and was very serious about her job. While in Minden, she joined St. Rest Baptist Church, where she worked faithfully in various organizations of the church, until ill health prevented her active participation; however, she remained faithful to her church until her demise.

Elizabeth loved her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and she was a member of the organization for more than 55 years. She also enjoyed participating in the retired teacher organization and volunteering in programs in the Minden community.

Her family was very dear to her. She had no biological children, but she was a mentor and an inspiration to many. She was a second mother to her youngest sister, Dr. La Vargne "Dimple" Gunn-Ford and grandmother to her niece and nephew, Jerry Patrick and Elizabeth Rose.

She loved her brother-in-law, Jerry Ford, and always complimented him for his special attention to her. Her niece, Dr. La Wanna Kaye Gunn-Williams was always by her side and spoiled her with delicious meals. She especially liked the sweets her niece prepared.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Gunn Sr.; her sister, Evelyn Gunn Burrell; her brother, Charlie Gunn Jr.; and her sister-in-law, Valerie Freeman Gunn.

Elizabeth Mardell Gunn will be fondly missed by her family and friends; her three sisters, Ms. Joycelyn Stephens, Chicago Heights, Illinois, Ms. Patsy Ruth Gunn, Monroe and Dr, La Vargne Gunn-Ford (Jerry) Monroe; 13 nephews and nieces; 24 great-nieces and great-nephews; four great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and numerous loving cousins and friends.

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