Sunshine Norris Dement
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FRIERSON, LA - Early Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the family DeSoto Parish farm, former Bossier City First Lady Sunshine Dement passed away from this life and into the arms of her Heavenly Father. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Kingston Baptist Church in Frierson, LA. Officiating will be Rev. Buddy Puryear and Dr. Randy Harper.
Sunshine was born October 16, 1924 in Shreveport, LA to Steve and Avis Wasson Norris. She was Homecoming Queen in 1942 when Bossier High School won the State Football Championship and graduated from there in 1945. She then attended Centenary College of Louisiana where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She began her teaching career at Bossier Elementary and later she was the first Physical Education Teacher at Greenacres JHS and taught for 20 years in the Bossier Parish School System. Kids used to think Mrs. Dement loved sports more than the Greenacres JHS teams did!
When asked where he met Sunshine, George tells the story of working in a drug store grill, dipping ice cream, and noticing a beautiful young blonde sitting down at the counter. To hear him tell it, he loved her instantly. Her father, Steve Norris, was a Bossier Parish Sheriff's Deputy that didn't quite think the "soda jerk" was the right choice for his older daughter. Because of this, when they did marry, they kept it a secret for one year until her sister, Genie, spilled the beans and told their mother what they'd done. After they both graduated college, Sunshine began teaching in Bossier and George began a career of self-employment in the restaurant industry. It didn't take too long for her father to realize the love they shared. The work ethic of his new son-in-law did make George the perfect mate for his special daughter.
Throughout George's entire career Sunshine was always by his side. When George became Mayor of Bossier City in 1989, she graciously served Bossier City as First Lady for 16 years. With class and grace, she "walked the walk and talked the talk" of faith and service and will forever be loved, respected and remembered as First Lady to all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Genie Killian, son, David Dement and a grandson, Marcus Dement.
Sunshine is survived by her husband of over 64 years, George Elyott Dement of Frierson, LA, daughter, Rev. Ann Dement Montes of Bossier City, LA, sons, Steve Dement, Tim Dement and partner Donna Cotton all of Frierson, LA, Walter Dement and wife Beth of Bossier City, LA, grandchildren, Jacob, Creighton, Angela, Joel, Shane, Stevie, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Odyssey Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Sunshine and our family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of donor's choice.
Published in Shreveport Times from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2011