Glynn Dockray Tunnell- Kreamer, 97, passed from this world on March 20, 2019 in Artesia, New Mexico.
Glynn was born August 14,1921 in Mayhill, N.M., the daughter of Cleve and Cressie Arthur Dockray. She was very proud of the fact that her family were some of the original pioneers of the Mayhill area arriving by wagon train in 1884.
Glynn attended school in Mayhill and Cloudcroft graduating Valedictorian of her class at Cloudcroft High School in 1938.
As a young woman she worked as a substitute teacher in the area. She met Sankston (Sank) Stone Tunnell and they were married in High Rolls, N.M. on May 8,1943. They had 52 great years together.
Sank and Glynn welcomed two children to their home. Sharon Lynette was born May 4, 1949 and Arthur Dockray born Feb. 25, 1951. In 1949 the family moved from the mountains to Artesia where they continued teaching and Glynn also furthered her education in the summer time. She obtained her degree from Highlands University in Las Vegas, N. M. and taught art and social studies for 28 years.
Glynn was a very religious person growing up in the Church of Christ. After her marriage to Sank they were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Artesia where she taught Sunday school for 10 years. After Sank’s death she attended First Baptist Church in Artesia for a while and at the time of her passing she had become once again a member of the Church of Christ attending Hermosa Street in Artesia. No matter where she attended, she was a woman who lived her faith.
Glynn’s hobbies included gardening and art. The family had a cabin on the old family homestead in Mayhill and she spent many hours in the summer growing a wonderful garden and painting scenes from the mountains she loved.
Sank preceded her in death June 23, 1995. On January 9, 1999, Glynn married long time friend Gilbert L. Kreamer in Artesia, N. M. At that time she welcomed into her family his adult children: Robert Kreamer (Susan) and family of Spokane, Wa., Bill Kreamer (Rita) of Newark, NJ, and Melinda Hand (Jimmy) of Artesia, NM. Gilbert preceded her in death April 14, 2006.
Glynn was a long-standing member of the Order of Eastern Star having served as Worthy Matron in 1975. She was one of the oldest members in the state.
Glynn was preceded in death by her parents Cleve and Cressie Arthur Dockray, a brother Arthur C. Dockray, a sister Lanelle Potter, and her husbands Sank Tunnell and Gilbert Kreamer.
She is survived by a sister Mable Hooten of Kerman, Ca., her daughter Sharon Thomas of Artesia, her son Arthur D. Tunnell (Diane) of Clovis, N.M. Grandchildren: Ronny Thomas of Beaverton, Or., Sarah Thomas, of Artesia, Stephen Tunnell of Ridgecrest, Ca., and Hannah Tunnell of Clovis, N.M.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Kodey, and Aryonna Thomas and Brian Madrid all of Albuquerque, NM and numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at Woodbine Cemetery, conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star. Pallbearers will be Benny Montoya, Bobby Moberly, Dwayne Brown, Gary Conklin, Stephen Tunnell, Bill Joy, Ridge Watson and Ed Tebow. Memorial services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hermosa Church of Christ, conducted by Roby Zumwalt and Larry Young.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 24 at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Water Well Project/ Ethopia Mission/ in Care of Hermosa Church of Christ, 2512 W. Bush Ave., Artesia, New Mexico 88210; French Camp Academy (children’s home), One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9703 www.frenchcamp.org; Masonic Charities, 1638 University NE. Albuquerque, N.M. 87125-0004.
So sosor for your loss, prayers for family!
Sharon Curtis PerryTularosa, NM
I am thinking of you at this sad time. May your fond memories of your Mother keep her close to you forever! You were fortunate to have such a close relationship with your Mother for a long time - something we share.
Winifred BunchRandolph, NJ
Our sincere condolences to all of the family. We were neighbors directly across the street for a few years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Tunnell were people of honor and integrity.
Michael & Anna PittsArtesia, NM
I first met Glynn when I worked at Dr. Witherspoon's office. She was one of my favorite patients! I loved her sweet smile and her friendly manner. We then were blessed to worship with her at Hermosa! Love you all. Praying!!!
Autumn RodriguezArtesia, NM
We will miss our wonderful neighbor
Lonnie LylesArlington, WA
Sharon & Arthur and loved ones. May you feel our Father’s arms wrapped around you in this time of great loss of your precious Mother. I loved your parents - your Mother always was so kind & caring to all she met. Your Dad, also made me smile at church - he liked giving such a great lesson when he taught. Please know I will continue praying for your healing over your Mother’s passing.
With deepest sympathies,
Candy Caudle Merritt
Candy Caudle MerrittLubbock, TX
Sharon and Arthur. Our prayers are with you and we are thinking of you. We are so sorry we couldn’t be there Any and I love you.
Sherrie FollowillNorth lake brownwood, TX
My deepest condolences for your loss, I'm keeping you all in my prayers. 🙏🙏
Norma MirandaArtesia, NM
Sharon, your mother was blessed to have you caring for her for the past few years. You are a lovely daughter. May God bring you comfort in your grief and peace as time passes.
Sharon & Tommy GriceDodge City, KS
Sharon, I remember what a caring and hard working care
provider you were (maybe you still work there). Artesia Hospital. I remember growing up near you and Arthur in neighbothood of Sandra's and my grandparents, the Pentecosts. God Bless You all. Prayers
are definitely going out for you all. Susan Terry
Susan TerryAlbq., NM
Mrs. Tunnel was an awesome teacher!
Vivian MatlackRoswell, NM
So sorry to hear about Glynn. She and your dad were special people. John's mom and dad, John and Lucy, worked with them in Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge for many years. John's family were among the Mayhill pioneers along with the Dockreys.
Karen Teel AllenLas cruces, NM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Tunnell was one of my favorite teachers..,loved her kind spirit. Rest in peace sweet lady and may those you leave behind find peace and comfort in God's grace.
Priscilla Bustamante BennettO Fallon, MO
Sharon and Arthur how very much I love your mom and dad. Growing up with you and enjoying your wonderful mom will be forever remembered. God bless you and yours knowing because of our savior Jesus Christ you will see and be with your mom and dad again in the eternities. Larry Keith
Larry Keith IsaacsSan Antonio, TX
Some things in life , we get over; some, we just get through. I would not try to go through your loss without the hope and help found in the Spirit of God. May He guard you & bring you joy even in the confusion of great loss.
Ricky MauldinHavre, MT
Mrs. Tunnel made quite an impact at Zia for quite a while. Patient and caring and determined that we would learn. Absolutely loved and enjoyed her class. RIP wonderful lady.
Tom HarveyAndrews, TX
Sharon... so sad to learn of your mothers passing. I’m glad that I had the chance to get to know her. I’ll always remember her at the Sunday lunch fellowship with mom. May God comfort and hold you on his arms.
Karla RhotenArtesia, NM
Sharon and Arthur, my sincere sympathy is with you and your family with the loss of your Mother. She was a shining star to many...May God give you comfort during this time of sorrow..
Serena Bates FernauShow Low, AZ
Sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a wonderful "Neighborhood" Mother letting us all play and have a great time at your home. She was an inspiration and will be missed. Our thoughts, many memories and prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara and Mark WebbLos Lunas, NM
Our prayers go out to you all. She was such a sweet person.
Linda BarnettArtesia, NM
What a beautiful person she was inside and out. When she was at Lomita School, she was always one of the first teachers who I would greet every morning. She was so kind to everyone. Mrs. Tunnel, thanks for the good memories! Rest In Peace my friend.
Sammy MadridArtesia, NM
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. It is never easy losing a parent regardless of their age. What a wonderful and long life God gave her, and today she is rejoicing with our Lord and Savior.
Dennis EdwardsLubbock, TX
My condolences to you Sharon, Arthur & family with the loss of your Mom! Lots of good memories from our childhood! May our Lord give you peace & comfort as you miss your precious Mom!
Winnie Helen McCaw HayesKnightdale, NC
Sharon- may God wrap you in his loving arms as you pass thru this transition of life. My heart and prayers are with you.
Gay Achen ThrowerYuma, AZ
Sharon and Art,
Praying peace over you and your families as you walk through this time honoring and remembering your Mother. Hold fast to the hand of Faith as you navigate the days ahead. God IS with you😇
Jim and Janel
Janel RunyanGoldthwsite, TX
MWB Arthur, Sistar Sharon and family,
Know you all are in thoughts, meditations & prayers.
Jeremy AcostaLas Cruces, NM
Arthur, Sharon and family,
We offer you all our sincere condolences. May the G.A.O.T.U. guide her to her new house not made by hands and comfort you all during this time and the weeks, months and years to come.
-Brethren of Jornada No. 70
Jornada Masonic Lodge No. 70 A.F.&A.M.Mesilla, NM
Sharon you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Holy Spirit give you all comfort during your time of sorrow. Love and prayers, Sherry Talley Henderson, and Beverly Talley Norris
Sherry Talley HendersonBossier City, Louisiana, NM
The Tunnels were a big part of our family’s life when I was growing up and I loved and admired them all. Mrs Tunnel’s life was a life well lived. May she Rest In Peace.
Johnny GatesBoise, ID
Arthur and Sharon,
My thoughts have drifted back to Merchant Street in Artesia, NM. What wonderful boyhood memories that I get to keep with me always. God be with you and your families at this difficult time
Dickie IsaacsEl Campo, TX
We were so saddened to hear about your loss. But what a blessing for her to have been with you for so long. Thoughts and prayers for y'all because no matter the age, it's difficult to lose some one you love.
Jerry & Kay NeedhamLake Arthur, NM
A wonderful precious person, always a joy. Prayers and love. sherry Devine Fleming
Sherry Devine FlemingTinnie, NM
My prayers go out to the family .May God give you peace during this difficult time.Glenn was a very special person she always had a smile on her face.Glenn will be missed by so many of us who she touched our hearts.May you Rest In Peace
Patricia HollyArtesia, NM
This wonderful lady will be so missed. I just pray for God to take you under His wings and comfort you all!!
DONNA GRAYMidland, TX