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W. Ladean "Deanie" Kunze

Funeral for W. Ladean "Deanie" Kunze, 88, Tenaha, Texas, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel of Peace Mausoleum with the Rev. Terry Goodnight, pastor of the Lone Star Baptist Church in Center, Texas, officiating.

Mrs. Kunze passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Center, Texas.

Arrangements under direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

Viewing will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, and from 8 a.m. until noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at the funeral home.

Ladean was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Anadarko, to Oliver and Winnie Bethel (Griggs) Gee. She grew up in the Broxton area where she attended school, graduating in 1947. She married Lawrence Kunze on Nov. 1, 1947, and they farmed the Broxton area for awhile. Lawrence began working in the oil fields and they lived in many locations including Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma. They then lived in Apache, from 1957 until 1965 and in  Lawton from 1965 until 1977. They later moved to Benton, Louisiana where they lived from 1978 until 1997 when they moved to Tenaha, Texas. Ladean received her Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and worked in many of the locations where they lived including the Floor Nurse at Anadarko Hospital, ER Nurse at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and OBGYN Nurse at Reynolds Army Community Hospital. She was also a Private Care Nurse and cared for Mrs. Louise McMahon in her final years. She was a member of the Gideon Auxiliary and Lawrence was a member of the Gideons, and they helped establish many churches including the Indian Mission in Apache. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Center, Texas.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Rick Thompson, Tenaha, Texas, and Judy and Lloyd Wiggins, Duncan; two sisters, Ottie Beth Tucker and Joanna Kaye; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Danny Wiggins (Joeann), Terry Goodnight (Shanna), David Wiggins (Angela), Michael Goodnight, Joshua Goodnight (Mandy), Traci Fread (Chris), and Angie Rhodes (James); 11 great-grandchildren, Michael Wiggins, Brandon Wiggins, Travis Wiggins, Matthew Wiggins, Hunter Wiggins, Kady Wiggins, Olivia Goodnight, Cameron Fread, Katelynn Fread, Madison Fread, and Tripp Rhodes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who passed away on Oct. 21, 2013; her sister, Geraldine Wheeler; and two brothers, Thomas Felton Gee and Kenneth M. Gee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International at P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090.

An online guestbook and sympathy cards are available at

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