OBITUARY

Wilma Ruth Dunn

11 October, 19312 January, 2021

Wilma R. Dunn of Virginia Beach passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, joining her husband, Gerald Allen Dunn, with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born and raised in Missouri to Braden David Lockard and Marie Newton Lockard on October 11, 1931.

She married her sweetheart, best friend and sailor, Gerry in 1952 and accompanied him to many duty stations during his twenty year military career. They enjoyed settling down in Virginia Beach with many military friends and family. She will be remembered as a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. After raising her children, her pastimes included shopping, taking care of her three poodles over the years and she was an avid bridge player. One would wonder if she was better finding a sale, then calculating the deal or achieving the many “Grand Slams” during a bridge game. Through travel and many tournaments, she attained the American Contract Bridge League’s highly acclaimed Life Master Status.

Wilma will be sorely missed by her loving family – son David Allen Dunn (Brenda), daughters Barbara Jean Dunn, Deborah Dunn Sawyer (Lee) and Tanya Lynn Riley, seven grandsons and three granddaughters of whom she was very proud: Aimee Bauernfeind, Daniel Dunn, Brian Dunn, Jason Dunn, Braden Sawyer, Blake Sawyer, Brett Sawyer, TJ Riley Jr., Torri Riley and Tatem Riley. She is also survived by her two great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters, and was looking forward to welcoming a new great-granddaughter in

June. Nothing thrilled Wilma more than to have them over for Grandma’s camp: to swim, play froggy, search for bear - bear, play UNO or cards, go bowling or participate in the legendary before school shopping.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 18th, at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, 4392 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. The visitation will be held prior to the service at 12:00 noon in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday, 18 January , 2021

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Tracey and Eunice Carr

17 January 2021

So many fond memories of Wilma Ruth over the many years at Paul Jones Lane. Sending our loving thoughts and prayers!!! We loved your mom💗

Peggy Leftwich

17 January 2021

Wilma was a great volunteer at the Sandler Center for many years and I will truly miss her. She use to bring her dog Rusty to visit us at the Sandler Center's Ynot Wednesdays. I will remember her always.

Nancy Cook

16 January 2021

Wilma was always fun at the bridge table. She was a very good player and friendly to everyone. I enjoyed visiting her at her assisted living home and I was sorry when I could no longer visit her. We could still talk on the phone, though. I remember helping her one day when she was playing a game that the home had provided. Wilma was a wonderful lady and I will miss her.

Beth Reshefsky

15 January 2021

Wilma was my first bridge partner. We traveled together to many tournaments. My special tournament memory was our time in Las Vegas. She was truly overwhelmed with Vegas and the shows.
I’ll miss her.
Beth

Diane Barrs

15 January 2021

Thanks to Wilma for sharing the best dog walks and richest conversations in Town Center for many years. Wilma was a friend to many, a fierce bridge player, and a mainstay to her family. I will miss her.

Louise Gordon

12 January 2021

I will miss my dear friend and bridge partner. What great times we had. Wilma was a great person, always had a positive outlook. So much fun to be with.

Martha Dennis

12 January 2021

I’ve known Wilma for many years , primarily as a good friend and bridge player. She was always pleasant in demeanor and fun to be around. The world is better because of her presence.

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