Jean Avent Dunn

Published 3:25 pm Saturday, July 22, 2023

Graveside Service for Jean Avent Dunn of Brookhaven are 10:30 am, Monday, July 24, 2023, at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery with visitation at Riverwood from 9:00 until the time of service.

Jean Avent Dunn passed away July 20, 2023. Jean was born September 28, 1931, in Drew, MS, the youngest of three children to John and Ethel Avent.

During treatment for Polio as a child, she developed a love for reading that she carried with her until the end of her life.

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She started a career as a lab technician in Brookhaven shortly after finishing high school, working in both hospitals and clinics. She loved being a part of the medical community and remained interested in medicine and healthcare all her life.

Jean married James Gerald Dunn in 1951 and together they had two children and shared 62 years of marriage.

As an oil field wife, Jean moved with her family many times before she and Gerald retired back to Brookhaven, MS. She served as a women’s Sunday School teacher for Central Baptist Church for many years and was an active member of Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, husband James Gerald Dunn and son, Charles Dunn.

She is survived by her daughter, Jerry Dunn Floyd (Allen), of Mendenhall; two granddaughters, Jana Johns (Brad), Allison Winstead (Shey); and four great-grandchildren, Josh, Justin, Elyzabeth and Reagan, all of Mendenhall.

She will be missed by all who loved her.

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