Jan. 2, 1939-

Motel 6

Funeral services for Myrna Barton Dunn were Monday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church. Burial followed at Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Myrna Dunn was born Jan. 2, 1939, in Alexandria to Roy Lee Barton and Vaudean Walters Barton. She was a graduate of Bolton High School.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Vaudean Barton; her husband of 64 years, Leslie L. Dunn; daughter-in-law, Melissa Dunn; and one brother, Walter Roy Barton.

Myrna is survived by her three children, Cynthia Dunn Parker, Leslie L. Dunn Jr. “Bubba” (Cindy) and Jeffrey Lee Dunn; five grandchildren, Quentin Dunn of Houston, Katie Dunn Carney (Lonny) of Provencal, Jacob Parker, of Lafayette, Sarah Dunn Burkhalter and husband Stephen of Natchitoches and Kinslee Dunn of Natchitoches; and four sisters, Flora Lee Ferguson, Norma Sue Watkins (Mack), Donna Gayle Nigreville (Doug) and Connie Faye Barton.

She began her 35 year banking career at what was then Guaranty Bank and Trust in Alexandria.  Upon moving to Natchitoches, she was employed by Exchange Bank & Trust, Co., where she earned the title of Vice President.

She was a member of Westside Baptist Church and was Chair of the Senior Adults, Cane River Campers, Lady Bugs Luncheon Group, Treasurer of Cenla Chapter of Banking Women, Natchitoches Jaycees and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and earned the City of Natchitoches Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her civic involvement. Myrna was the first female President of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce, Business and Professional Women’s founding President, Member of the Krewe of Dionysos, Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches and Natchitoches Historic Foundation, Inc., first director of the Natchitoches Main Street Program and Director of Keep Natchitoches Beautiful.  The Historic District Business Association was formed under her direction.  She also served many years on the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee.

For many years she enjoyed her Lunch Bunch where friends gathered to enjoy a meal and stimulating conversations.  The group met every Wednesday for 10 years, forming bonds that will never be broken.  After many of the group moved away or were unable to continue the gatherings, she became involved with the Mah Jong group that was so much fun and kept them all on their toes.

Although Myrna was involved in many civic programs, the highlight of her life was her family and the hours spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The entire family loved the time spent together on Cane River throughout the years.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made In Memory of Myrna to Westside Baptist Church, 6834 Hwy 1 South, Natchitoches, LA 71457.