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Ernestine Pearl “Tena” (Dunlap) Koonsman

February 3, 1939 — April 30, 2023

Ernestine Pearl “Tena” Dunlap Koonsman, age 84, of Morgan, TX, passed away on April 30, 2023 in Waco, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday May 6, 2023 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian, Texas.   Bro. Richard Creech and Bro. Phil Murphy will serve as officiants.  Burial will follow at Hico Cemetery.   Visitations will be at Grace Gardens Funeral Home in Waco, Thursday May 4, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and also on Friday May 5 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian, Texas from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Pallbearers will be Scott Barker, Dylan Barker, Carson Barker, Stephen Richter, Ronnie Richter, and David Dagley.

“Tena” was born February 3, 1939 in Iredell, Texas.  She grew up and graduated from Iredell High School and married Roy Durwood Koonsman. After raising her family, “Tena” worked at the Bosque County Bank for over 20 years.   She enjoyed basketball, gardening, hunting, fishing, canning, and visiting both elderly friends and churches. She was a member of the VFW ladies auxiliary and Eastern Star.  Crosses, angels, and Bibles were items “Tena” enjoyed collecting.  One of her accomplishments was being “Grand Champion” in the cake division with a German Chocolate Cake at the Annual Top of the Hill Bosque County Barbecue Cook Off.  Tena cherished above all family and her daily walk with Christ.

“Tena” was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest R. Dunlap and Fannie James; sister Dorothy Lee Dunlap Stewart; brother, R.E. “Jim” Dunlap and wife, Jo; nephew Don Dagley.

Left to cherish her memories are her sister, Jeanette Simpson and her four children:  Nina Diane Richter, Sherry Mize, Annette Jones, Rickey Koonsman and wife Kim, her beloved grandchildren: Kristy Baty, Scott Barker (wife Amanda),  Stephen Richter, Dana Dowell (husband Kody), Sara Mize, Ryan Koonsman (wife Shannon), Kimber Koonsman, Trenton Jones ( wife Gabrielle).  Also surviving “Tena” are her precious great grandchildren: Ryan Baty, Shelby Baty, Kolby Baty, Khloey Baty, Aubree Richter, Caylin Smith, Dylan Barker, Carson Barker, Brooklyn Barker, Anson Dowell, Jewel Dowell, Teagan Jones, Grace Jones, Lexi Koonsman, Madison Koonsman and her great-great grandchildren: Coy Baty, Ashtyn Baty, Kaysen Baty, Lyla Baty and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and loved ones.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792 . You are invited to leave kind words and fond memories at

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Friday, May 5, 2023

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