Visitation: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., August 14, 2015 @ our Simpson Chapel
Services: 10 a.m. August 15 at Abundant Life Church in Newburgh
Emmy Lou Dennis, 82, of Newburgh, Indiana passed on July 25, 2015 at the Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville.
Emmy Lou was born October 23, 1932 in Davenport, Iowa to Harry Thompson Shunk and Golda May (Banes) Shunk.
She Graduated from Davenport High in 1950 and went on to receive her Teachers Degree from Iowa State Teachers College.
She married Richard Dennis in 1953 and had five children. Transfers with Alcoa ultimately brought the family to the Warrick operation in 1970. Emmy Lou hit the ground running and joined the newly organized Welcome Wagon. She continued her love of community selflessly donating her time over the next 40 years.
Emmy Lou was an honorary member of Newburgh Women’s club where she held the position of President twice and sharpened her Parliamentarian skills for 30 years.
She held various positions on the boards of Historic Newburgh and the Park Board. She was presented the key to the town in 1990 and “Emmy Lou Dennis Day” was proclaimed on Nov 9, 2013.
Her greatest surprise and honor at her 80th birthday party was the renaming of the park to the “Lou Dennis Community Park” celebrating her unwavering commitment to the construction of the Fortress of Fun and her dedicated 30 years serving on the Park Board.
Theater was always a love of Lou’s and she was able to hone her craft playing various roles in downtown events. Her repertoires included the Easter Bunny, Great Pumpkin, and the Ghost of Dugin House and yes our beloved Mrs. Claus.
If you were lucky enough to be member of Women’s Club when she danced as Carmen Miranda, well, let’s just say it’s legendary!
Her passion and commitment will be truly missed by her family and many friends and a community that she loved with all of her heart.
Emmy is survived by five children, Debra Welder (Russell), Robert Dennis (Cathy), Pat Dennis (Dora), Liz Dennis (Amy) and Paula Lorenzen (Dan).
She has five grandchildren, Jennica Pritchard (Daniel), Justin Welder, Jerame Dennis (Amanda), Sean Hoag and Cameron Hoag and five great grandchildren, Gabe Welder, Jacob, Alayna, Evan and Austin Pritchard.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday August 14, 2015 at Titzer Family Funeral Homes ~ Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings Street, Newburgh.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her beloved church, Abundant Life at 7333 Sharon Road, Newburgh with a graveside burial immediately following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that any contributions be made in her name to the Women’s Club of Newburgh or Historic Newburgh honoring Emmy Lou’s dedicated service throughout the years.
Sympathy wishes may be made at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com.