Anna Gurnea, 99, of Magnolia passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Dudneywood Assisted Living Center in Magnolia.
Anna was born in Defuniak Springs, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Parley Orlo and Lela Ethel (Gamper) Knepper; husband, Elvin Mason Gurnea; and a brother who died during World War II.
Anna worked for several years as a registered nurse until she married Elvin Mason Gurnea II and became a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she traveled with the youth on many of their mission trips and was instrumental in creating the Stewpot ministry. She volunteered with the Columbia County Extension Service and as a Girl Scout leader. She donated 5,775 hours – more than a half-year -- as a volunteer as a Pink Lady with the Magnolia Hospital Auxiliary serving from April 1996 to November 2017 (21 years). She enjoyed traveling on many trips to Europe and the Holy Land.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Durrant of Magnolia and Linda Barlow and husband Ritchie of Weatherford,TX; sons, Mason Gurnea of Magnolia and Dennis Gurnea and wife Jane of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren, Valerie Horton and husband Wayman of Weatherford, Bonnie Barlow of Grapevine, TX, Patrice Feltman and husband Andrew of Albuquerque, NM, Michelle Caswell and husband Dennis of Sheridan, and Molly Jamiefield and husband Chris of Richardson, TX; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Mary Thomason of Defuniak Springs, FL; and a host of nephews, nieces, extended family, and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Gary Maskell officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia.
A guest book will be available for signing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Lewis Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or FUMC Stewpot, 320 West Main, Magnolia, AR 71753 or to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 629, Magnolia, AR 71754.