Katherine Virginia Dean Dunn
Departed in Melbourne, Florida on October 4, 2018
Katherine Virginia Dean Dunn was born February 28, 1937 in St. Augustine, Florida. She went Home to Heaven on October 4, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband Ronald Earls and her second husband Joseph Dunn. She is survived by her sons and their families – Lee Earls and wife, Janet and their children – Ryan Earls and wife, Caroline and their daughter Cora, and Jenna Earls; Dean Earls and wife, Laurel and their children – William Earls and Walker Earls.
Virginia, or “Ginny” as she was known to family and friends, was known for her quick smile, sense of humor, and caring heart. She was a beautiful lady with red hair and green eyes, and freckles. Although time and illness pressed on her, Virginia made it a point to have her hair done and lipstick on before she went anywhere, so she would always look put together.
For many years, Virginia was an active member of Eau Gallie First Baptist Church and part of the Phebean Sunday School Class. One of her gifts was that of Encouragement, and she enjoyed writing and sending cards to anyone who needed a kind word or to celebrate a special day. Even when she was no longer able to write, due to the Parkinson’s, she made sure that a card was sent on her behalf and with her sentiments. A faithful Prayer Warrior, she always followed up to see how God was answering in the lives of those she was praying for.
Virginia spent several years as a “Grey Lady” (school nurse) at her sons’ elementary school, later going on to work for a number of years at the local Landmark Bank, where she was known as one of the friendliest tellers. She was an excellent cook and great hostess. No one could ever say they left her home hungry!
When thinking of Virginia, music also comes to mind. She loved music – all kinds. One of her favorite artists was her cousin, country singer Billy Dean. Her collection of CDs was unrivaled and included oldies like the Beach Boys and Barry Manilow as well as inspirational music from various Christian artists and contemporary artists like Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. She also enjoyed watching the Hallmark Channel and all kinds of movies, as evidenced by the many video tapes and dvds she collected.
Virginia loved her family and her friends. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, receiving great joy from their lives, adventures, and successes. She would always ask about the latest news, and always remembered to ask about their friends and an update from their previous conversations. If you were blessed enough to call her “friend,” then you know she loved you as if you were her family.
Virginia will be missed in so many ways, by so many people. We are better for having had her in our lives, and we are rejoicing in her Heavenly Homegoing, knowing she is dancing and free of disease!
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to WCIF Radio (www.wcif.com) or the American Parkinson Disease Association (www.apdaparkinson.org).