Annette Dunn 75, of Texarkana, Texas was called home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2021.
Annette was born and raised in Lake Creek, Texas. After moving to Texarkana in 1972, she completed her undergraduate studies, along with two graduate degrees in Education. She began a long and successful career as an educator and school administrator. She taught one year at Fairview Elementary before moving to Pleasant Grove ISD in 1976, where she began her 35-year tenure, first as a kindergarten teacher and then as the Director of Instruction. She was a member of Hardy Memorial Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was active in many organizations including Texas Retired Teachers, Texarkana Law Wives, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Pleasant Grove Education Foundation. Annette also served on The University of Texas College of Education Advisory Board as an Ambassador to East Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father Vernon Pierce Thompson and her mother Betty Judd Thompson.
She is survived by her husband of 33 yrs., Winford Dunn of Texarkana; brother Gary and wife Judy of Cooper, Texas and sister-in-law Capitaleen Dunn of Texarkana. Her children are Ina McDowell and husband Gary of Texarkana, Laura Jenkins of Texarkana, and Greg Davis and wife Lee of Texarkana. Her 8 grandchildren include Elizabeth, Nicholas and April McDowell, Jesse Jenkins, Drew and Danielle Davis, and Sage and Zoe Terral.
Annette loved spending time with her family, doing all things Pleasant Grove ISD, and traveling with Winford. Weekends and holidays found a revolving door of kids and grandkids. Many evenings were spent at ball games, band concerts, theatre productions, or art exhibits supporting her grandchildren’s extensive activities and her beloved Pleasant Grove Hawks. She would tear up watching from the parking lot as the children left on a string of buses for a football game on Friday night with the team, the band, and the cheerleaders.
She and Winford traveled extensively with The American Board of Trial Advocates, whose primary purpose is to promote civility in the courtroom and the right to trial by jury. She made lifelong friends and countless memories while serving the purpose of the organization.
Annette truly had a heart for serving others. She could be found at Hardy Memorial UMC packing meals for those less fortunate in our area. She served on numerous committees for Pleasant Grove throughout her career from long-range planning to district wide improvements. She supported and worked with numerous student Booster groups within PGISD.