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Virginia Anne Gortemiller

Virginia-Gortemiller-1Virginia Anne Gortemiller, age 82, of Mena, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. She was born on Tuesday, October 3, 1933, to Winston David and Zona Jane Chattham Meyers in Gatesville, Texas.

Virginia was a unique and special person that enjoyed many things in life.   She attended Beauty College and became a hairdresser, worked for a prestigious secretarial company called Kelly Girls, and later attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas to further her education. She eventually pursued a career as a licensed practical nurse. Virginia loved her children and grandchildren and spending time with them. She enjoyed reading, sewing and cooking, and she enjoyed getting her nails and hair done on a regular basis. She made very good fried chicken and salmon patties. In her later years she was a member of the Red Hat Society at Rich Mountain Nursing. Virginia was a long time member of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester Gortemiller; two brothers, R.D. Meyers and Charlie Meyers; and six sisters, Lilly Smith, Ola Mae Graham, Faye White, Ruby Melton, Jean L. Peterson, and Betty Taylor.

Virginia is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Heather Mooneyham of Arlington, Texas; her three daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Don Payette of Mena, Pamela and Dwight Curry of Mena, and Patricia and Roger Howard of Mena; one sister, Dartha Hargrove and husband Coy of Amarillo, Texas; and one brother, Jinks Meyers of Muleshoe, Texas; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grace Bible Church in Mena with Daniel Brewer and Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

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