Shirley Francis Dumas Gunter, 73, of Hodge, La., went to meet her Lord on March 30, 2013, after a short illness. She was born and raised in El Dorado.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ellis Dumas and Ellie Gertrude Harrell Dumas; her husband, James Henry Gunter; three brothers, Roy, Ralph and Alfred Dumas; and a sister, Aline Dumas.

She is survived by her children, Trudi Gunter-Decker (Terry) of Arlington, Texas, James Gunter (Jennifer) of West Monroe, La., Miriam Gunter of Chatham, La., and Catherine Gunter Spillers (Tony) of West Monroe, La.; four granddaughters, Kalynn and Brittany Spillers, Macy Robertson and Karen Lozano; two grandsons, Trae and Aidan Spillers; two sisters, Dorothy Dumas Marks and Patricia Dumas Mills, both of El Dorado; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley attended Ozark Academy in Gentry, and attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb. She spent many years in the education field as a substitute teacher. She was a long-time member of Westlake Seventh-Day Adventist Church in West Monroe, La., and later in life she became a member of Hodge Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Perry’s Funeral Chapels

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Perry’s Funeral Chapels, with burial to follow in Rehobeth Cemetery.

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Published: 04/01/2013