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Virginia Dahnke
(December 3, 1913 - March 11, 2012)

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Virginia Warterfield (Hudgens) Dahnke, 98, of Union City died in Memphis March 11, 2012.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Union City First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Stan Waldon officiating, and burial will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until the hour of services Thursday. White-Ranson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Richard Ennis, Robert Ennis, John Ennis, Scott Hudgens, Ellis Falkoff, David Nailling and Sammy Nailling.

She was born Dec. 3, 1913, in Honea Path, S.C., oldest daughter of the late Frank and Virginia (Warterfield) Hudgens. She grew up in Nashville and Union City and was a graduate of Judson College in Marion, Ala. She married George Walker Dahnke July 3, 1939.

Following the birth of their son, George, they moved to Oklahoma City in 1941, where their children Gina, Ellen and Bill were born. They returned to Union City in 1962, and Mrs. Dahnke resided there until her death. She had taught English at Obion County Central High School in the late 1960s and was a longtime member of Union City First United Methodist Church. She was also a charter member of the Review Club and of the Reelfoot Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1986; her daughter, Ellen Dahnke, who died in 2006; two brothers, Bill Hudgens and Tom Hudgens; and her sister, Frances Burruss.

She is survived by two sons and her daughter-in-law, George and Barbara Dahnke of Oklahoma City and Bill Dahnke of Union City; her daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Dr. Richard Ennis of Memphis; six grandchildren, Ashley Dahnke of Oklahoma City, Mary Ennis of Austin, Texas, Richard Ennis of San Diego, Robert and Ashley Ennis of Boise, Idaho, John Ennis of Memphis and Greg Pierce of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Wheaton Ennis and Emeri Ennis, both of Boise, and Lyla Ennis of Memphis; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Nita Hudgens of Union City; her sister, Charlotte Hudgens of Union City; and several nieces and nephews.

Her children and family cherish the memory of her unstinting kindness and love, of her unflagging optimism and serenity, even in adversity, and of her unshakable faith in God.

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