Virginia L Dunham
August 2, 1936 – May 4, 2020
Virginia Lee Puerta Dunham Anderson, 83, was born August 2, 1936 in DeQuincy, Louisiana to John and Venie Puerta. Virginia died on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles, LA. Virginia graduated from DeQuincy High School and later McNeese State College with a degree in Elementary Education. She also earned her Masters and plus 30 from McNeese. Throughout her career it was her privilege to teach hundreds of first graders, beginning at Prien Lake Elementary School and later at A.A. Nelson Elementary. While at McNeese Virginia met Doy Dunham. They were married 43 years, until his death in 2003. She and Doy had two children, Melinda (Mindy) and John Dunham. She and Doy spent many wonderful years enjoying the activities of their children and traveling. In 2004 Virginia married Jim Anderson and they were married 14 years, until his death in 2018. Mrs. Anderson was a longtime member of Houston River Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir, and served on various committees. She was also an active member of the Pine Grove (Baptist Church) Singers. Pine Grove always had a special place in her heart because that is where she and her siblings were raised and was an important part of her life. If you were ever blessed by one of Virginia’s notes, you knew she had the rare gift of saying things so very eloquently. And listening to one of her stories, whether about her family, a Bible character/truth or a school event, was a real treat – always the teacher, not beginning until she had everyone’s attention. Virginia Anderson Dunham is survived by her son John Dunham (Heather), Sulphur, LA, Mindy’s friend Barbara Comeaux, Nederland, TX, her four step daughters, Leslie Neal (Tommy), Whitesboro, TX, April Loewen, Sherman, TX, Amber Traxler (Jason), Sanger, TX and Melanie Anderson, NYC, NY and their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Catherine DeLee (Jimmy) of Alexandria, LA, Grace Perez (Carlos) of Lake Charles, LA, and John Puerta (Beverly) of DeQuincy, LA and a brother-in-law, Randy Dunham (Sharon) of Sulphur, LA, numerous nieces and nephews (who call her Sipeau) and many wonderful friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Doy Dunham and Jim Anderson, daughter Melinda Dunham, sister Molly Odreman, brother James (Cubby) Puerta, and step son, James David Anderson. A few days before her death, Virginia Dunham Anderson, dictated the following: “I say my good-bye for now to my son John and daughter-in-law Heather, my Anderson family through Jim Anderson, my siblings and spouses, my brother-in law and wife, my nieces, nephews and their families, Mindy’s friend Barbara Comeaux, Bro. Lonnie Gothrop, Jim Reynolds, Scotty Blackwell, my Houston River Baptist Church Family, my Pine Grove Baptist Church, the Pine Grove Singers, my neighbors, my Pokeno Family, those at the schools where I taught, and in particular my first grade students and their parents, the caregivers and doctors at Memorial Hospital and to all those who have been a part of a well-lived life, I thank you and say my good-bye. I want you to know that COVID 19 may have taken my body but God is to be called the victor!!” A private graveside service will be led by her pastor Bro. Lonnie Gothrop at McFatter/Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time. Memorials may be made to the Pine Grove Baptist Church, C/O N. Marcantel, Treasurer, 1041 Holbrook Park Rd., DeQuincy, LA 70633 or the charity/church of choice. Cards and words of remembrances may be shared with John Dunham, 3428 N. Hwy. 27, Sulphur, LA 70663.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Virginia L Dunham
May 11, 2020
My mom,Lois Lappe was a dear friend of Virginia..and Joan Faulk .they called themselves the golden girls! So i have become friends thru mom.when my Dad passed ,mom would sit with Jimm and Virginia at church. Then Mom went to High Hope,where she is today,and I would sit with Virginia,when i visited from Minnesota... i will miss her..lunch with these girls was always fun! Love her. So sorry..and prayers for her family and friends Kathie Johnson
DEBBIE ENSMINGER VENABLE
May 10, 2020
Ms. Puerta (Virginia) was my first grade teacher. Thirty years later, I was thrilled when my son Josh was assigned to her class! She was awesome. So kind to all the kids and such a wonderful teacher and person. She certainly made an impact on the world.
Daniele LeMaire (Hieronymus)
May 7, 2020
I had the privilege of being a student in Ms Virginia’s Sunday school class at Pine Grove and then got to meet her again when we joined Houston River. Her love overflowed while in her presence and you knew you had been embraced by that love with each encounter.
May 6, 2020
What a beautiful person heaven gained!
Ms Virginia (Sip) was the finest example of a Christian woman. I will never forget her kindness or any of her beautiful family.
May God bless her soul and be with her family during this time of grief. She is at peace; May her family rejoice and experience the joy she would want them to feel.
May 6, 2020
As a past student of Ms. Dunham’s at A A Nelson Elementary, I have many great memories with Ms.Dunham. I mention one when I was learning to write. First let me say, I still do not stay between the lines. Ok now, My parents did not know I was left handed yet nor did Ms. Dunham. Needless to say, I turned out to be left handed and I still do not stay between the lines. I am very thankful for Ms. Dunham and all the staff of A A Nelson. Definitely, she left a great impression on me that has stuck with me.
Juaneil McCloud Strickland
May 6, 2020
A thoughtful deed, a kind word, a sunny smile, a warm hug, a cheerful greeting....things I will remember and treasure about my friend Virginia. She lived a long, good Christian life, a pattern for those who follow. Her sister Catherine was my college pal, so I first met Virginia a long time ago. Our lives touched again when I started playing the piano for the Pine Grove Singers, a blessing for which I will be forever grateful. Oh, how we will miss her, but rejoice she is Home with our Savior. I can only imagine the jubilant greetings from family and friends who have gone before! My love, prayers, and sympathy to Virginia’s family and extended family, whom she loved. May God comfort and bless you!
May 6, 2020
Virginia is one of those special people you feel like you have known all your life. She will always be a treasured friend. She was sweet, kind and loving. She loved her family and friends dearly. She loved her students and called them "my kids." My daughter still has a very special place in her heart for her first grade teacher, Mrs. Dunham. Virginia loved her God and Savior Jesus Christ and her church families. She treasured her time singing in the choir and will long be remembered by all her friends and families. Virginia dedicated much of her time to writing wonderful notes to people, often just because. They became special mementos and keepsakes for most of us. She even left behind books she created for her family with stories and pictures. She also did kind things for others.
There are so many of us, my whole family included, who were touched in a special way by Virginia's loving spirit. We will miss her greatly and pray that all of us who carry a part of her within us will keep her alive through stories and memories shared. Virginia was so sweet and gentle, one would never have known what a fighter she was when it came to her health! She wanted to live, but at the same time she always wanted to be ready for Heaven! And we all know she was! Virginia has seen the Face of God and now sings in His Heavenly Choir. Her heavenly body is whole and strong. She took our love with her and we will carry her love within us as long as we live!
We may not be able to be there physically, but we are there in spirit, uplifting your family!
With all our love, Kathy and Lee Thibodeaux and family
May 6, 2020
John and Heather and the rest of the family, Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am going to miss Virginia’s wisdom , caring nature and love for others. She has left an imprint on my life and I will treasure her friendship forever. Love to everyone.