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“To the family of Irma Gunn, so sorry for your sudden loss, just know that she is reunited with her husband George and other family and friends in...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Kevin H Headley - Plano, TX

“Sally and I are saddened of hearing about the passing of Irma. Our sincere condolences to all of the family. We always enjoyed Irma coming down to...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Jerry and Sally Arocha

“Jerry and Shannon, I am so very sorry for the loss of Ms. Irma. I loved her very much and remember her having us over to eat. She was wonderful...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Deedee Randall Alston - Mena, AR

“I have always thought the world of Irma, she always made me feel like extended family even when we weren't anymore. May your memories comfort you all...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Bobbi Wallace Ryan - Fort Collins, CO



Irma Eisinger Gunn was born on March 14, 1919 in Hohenau, Austria, a small town near Vienna. She was the youngest of 7 children. After completing school and working in Austria for a few years, she moved to Manchester, England, where she rode her bicycle to work and then delivered milk in an electric van. While there, she met her future husband, George Gunn, of Mt. Pleasant, Tx., who was serving in the Air Force during World War II. They were soon married in the Church of England in Manchester on February 3, 1945, and Irma moved to the United States with George and their son Peter after the end of the war. They lived in Arkansas for a few years before moving to Walden, Colorado, where they raised their family of five children: Peter, Mary, Jo, Sharon, and Annette. George and Irma were married for 64 years.

Though small in stature, Irma had a big personality and a warm smile, and she made friends wherever she went. She loved food and cooking, and always welcomed guests to share in their meal, which included plenty of down-home food, homemade bread - and always - one of her homemade desserts. Her favorite German foods were often on the menu. Christmas was not complete without Irma's famous vanilla kipferl cookies, and she gave a batch to all of her children for many years. She will be dearly missed by her children and extended family, and her many friends in Walden, Co., Fort Collins, Co., Hughes Springs, Tx. and Cove, Ar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gunn, in 2009, son Peter Gunn in 1980, her parents, Moritz and Josephine Sax Eisinger, and all of her siblings: Jacob, Frieda, Annie, Ida, Ignaz, and Oscar.

She is survived by 4 daughters and two son-in-laws: Mary Gunn, Jo & Jack Reed, Sharon Shook, and Annette & Dean DeGroot; Grandchildren & spouses: Jerry Gunn, Shannon & Jamie O'Leary, Alan & Donna Sage, Tanya Hixon, Eric & Sarah Donley, Justin & Jeannie Shook, Felicia & Brian Ball, Cody DeGroot, Cory DeGroot and 19 great grandchildren.

Irma's family is very grateful to Sharon Shook, who moved to Cove to live with and take care of her parents in their later years. Special thanks to Rosella Manasco Brown, who has been a dear friend over many years and visited, called, shared afternoon coffee, and filled in to take care of Irma when help was needed.

Dates and Times are Tentative:
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00M on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Cove. Graveside services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Farmer's Academy Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, Texas, under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Cove or to Ouachita Regional Hospice.

Funeral Home
Beasley-Wood Funeral Home
611 Janssen Avenue Mena, AR 71953
Tel. (479) 394-1310

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