Vera Chalmers Koenig

December 26, 1925June 12, 2020

Vera, formerly of Jackson, MS made her journey home to her Lord and Savior on June 12 at her daughter’s home in Gonzales, LA surrounded by loving family. She was born on December 26,1925 in Birmingham, England and met and married Charles W. Koenig while he was serving in the US Army during WWll. Vera was a kindergarten teacher as well as a faithful Sunday school teacher for many years at Daniel Memorial Baptist Church. She’s preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Elizabeth Chalmers, brother John Chalmers and sister Cath Arkell, her beloved husband Charles as well as her loving sons Stephen William, John Charles, and Mark Chalmers.

Survivors include daughters Jennifer Tauchen (Glenn) of Jackson, MS and Kathy Centanni (Vick) of Gonzales, LA., grandchildren Leanna Jones, Tammy Gordon, Tuesday Smith, Vonny Faucheux, Armand Centanni, Jessica Koenig, Westley Koenig, Tara Chitko, Lake Koenig, Collin Koenig, Jordan Koenig, 18 great grandchildren, a great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Vera will always be remembered for her strong faith and love for the Lord, British wit, zest for life and always remaining young at heart.

Arrangements are being handled by Lakewood Funeral Home on Clinton Blvd in Jackson, MS. Services will be on Wednesday June 17 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 9:00 am.


  • Jonathan Stephens
  • Chris Petermann
  • Westley Koenig
  • Armand Centanni
  • Jerry Faucheux
  • Lake Koenig


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Vera Chalmers Koenig

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Michael Stewart

June 21, 2020

God's grace is revealed to us in his servants like Ms. Koenig, who taught my 3rd grade Sunday School. I still remember her calling my house on Saturday nights to remind me of class the next day. It was during that year that I was baptized, and I treasured the bookmark she gave me with my name on it and placed it in my Bible. I will begin pastoring a church later this year and enter that responsibility grateful for and in acknowledgment of those, like Ms. Koening, who guided my early years in faith.

Karen Stewart

June 17, 2020

Mrs. Koenig was a beautiful saint and servant. I always loved her sweet spirit. I am especially grateful for her teaching my children in Sunday school.

Karen Stewart

Fredna/Jerry Gibson

June 14, 2020

Mrs, Koenig was such a wonderful, faithful member at Daniel Memorial for as long as I can remember. She taught both of our boys in Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School. She was a soft-spoken, kind lady. Our deepest condolences to Jennifer, Kathy, and their families. We are lifting you all in prayer during this difficult time.

Sharon Vardaman

June 14, 2020

I loved Ms. Vera. We taught kindergarten together at Daniel Memorial Baptist Church.
The children loved her. She spoke softly and loved all of those little souls.
Her eyes sparkled when we talked about our children(kindergarten).
I was blessed by her and I know she is in a much better place.
I will always remember you Vera.
Rest in the arms of Jesus. 💕

Don Warren

June 14, 2020

Mrs. Vera was an awesome mentor and loving teacher of God’s Word. She and I spent many hours in teacher prep at Daniel Memorial Baptist Church. One day, she shared with me her experiences as a child in England during the bombings in World War II. She told me how terrifying it was to hear the air raid sirens and run to the basement of her building. I couldn’t image her resolve to live and give her life to The Lord. She was simply amazing. She didn’t want the limelight. She only wanted to live her life to God’s Glory. And she did that so well. I image hundreds, maybe thousands of kids she influenced in The Gospel. I’m thankful that God allowed me to know her and learn so much from her. I’m sorry for her passing but know she is living her current life in the Light of the One who called her out from a dark place of war. Rest In Peace, sweet lady. You are so loved and treasured. Thank you for setting me on that narrow path.