Obituary for Verna Dunagan

It is with great sadness that the family of Verna Dunagan, 87, announce her passing on Oct 6, at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Verna was born on Aug. 9, 1935, to Sylvia and Charles Pitts in Lamar, Arkansas.

After Verna graduated from high school, she moved to California to live with her sister and brother-in-law. It was there that she met her future husband, Houston (Hoot) , of Clifton, Arizona. Once the loving couple were married, they made their home in Morenci, Arizona. In Morenci, they raised their two daughters, Deborah and Erin Dunagan. Once Hoot retired, they moved to Sheldon, Arizona.

Verna Dunagan

Verna attended Western New Mexico University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She continued her education at the University of Arizona, where obtained her Master’s degree in Education. Verna taught school for in Morenci for 25 years, and another five years in Duncan prior to her retirement.

Verna was a very active person. She and Hoot had a small cattle ranch that kept them very busy after retirement. She loved the great outdoors, taking her dogs for walks, gardening and doing yard work. Due to declining health in the past year, she was unable to do these things and greatly missed.

Verna is survived by her daughter, Erin Dunagan; grandson, Sam Roybal and his wife, Cindy; grandson, James S. Medford, and her great-grandchildren, whom she adored, Christopher, Delicia, Emilio and Anthony Roybal, and her beloved fur baby Franklin.

Her loving husband, Houston “Hoot”, preceded Verna in death as did her daughter, Deborah Dunagan, granddaughter, Angela Medford, great grandson, Samuel Roybal Jr., her parents, and her siblings.

Verna will be greatly missed. She was a feisty lil lady and a courageous fighter till the end.

Arrangements are being cared for by McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory located at 112 E. Main Street, Safford, AZ  85546, 928-428-1740,