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Robbie Talbert Gunderson

November 6, 1945 ~ May 31, 2024

Robbie Talbert Gunderson, 78, of Lake Charles, Louisiana was born on November 6, 1945 to Iva Nell and Thomas Talbert in Center, Texas. Her family moved to Orange, Texas, where she graduated from Lutcher Stark High School. Thereafter, she moved to Houston to pursue nursing school. She graduated from Lilly Jolly School of Nursing at University of Houston at age 20 and began her career as a registered nurse in the operating room at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the VA Hospital in Houston. In January 1973, she met Clark Gunderson at the apartment complex in which they both lived. Robbie transferred to the VA Hospital in New Orleans after Clark moved there to begin his orthopedic surgery residency. She worked as a circulating nurse and scrub nurse in the operating room at the New Orleans VA Hospital and at Tulane University Hospital. During their time in New Orleans, they enjoyed learning about Louisiana culture and made many lifelong friends, making the decision to live permanently in Louisiana quite easy. Robbie and Clark were married at Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 2, 1974. They moved to Lake Charles in July 1978 for Clark to begin his medical practice and have resided there ever since.

Despite originally reigning from Texas and South Dakota, Robbie and Clark became tried and true south Louisianians with a fond love for Mardi Gras, cajun cuisine, and picturesque outdoor beauty and activities, particularly boating. The family enjoyed countless sunny afternoons and evenings together on the lake; Robbie and Clark took great pleasure in teaching their daughters and their friends how to ski and tube throughout their childhoods. Robbie was a devoted mother and grandmother and was thrilled to have the privilege of dedicating her life to taking care of her family. She was also active in the membership and leadership of numerous organizations including the Junior League, Calcasieu Parish Medical Society Auxiliary, American Cancer Society, and LSU Health Foundation. Robbie illuminated any room that she entered and was a uniquely vibrant, vivacious, and elegant woman with striking kindness. Although twice a Mardi Gras queen, she will always be the queen in our hearts and will be forever treasured and sorely missed by family and friends. Music, movies, travel, and time spent with her family were Robbie’s greatest passions.

She passed away peacefully on May 31, 2024 in Lake Charles, Louisiana after a long and courageous battle. The family would like to acknowledge and express eternal gratitude to Kim Garland for her exceptional and thoughtful care throughout much of Robbie’s illness as well as Monet Brashear and the staff at Brookdale for their kind and compassionate care.

Robbie is survived by her husband, Dr. Clark Alan Gunderson of Lake Charles, Louisiana; 2 daughters, Ashley Nicole Gunderson of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Camille Gunderson Jackson (Brian) of Oklahoma City, OK; 4 grandchildren, Nadia and Adalyn Gunderson of Lake Charles, LA, and Catherine and Charles Jackson of Oklahoma City, OK; 2 sisters, Judy Smith (Jay) and Billie Skinner (Charles), both of Orange, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Thomas Talbert; mother, Iva Nell Fields; and stepfather, Robert Louis Fields.

Memorial arrangements include a visitation at Johnson Funeral Home from 5-8pm on Tuesday, June 4, and 12-1:30pm on Wednesday, June 5. The funeral service will be at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday, June 5 at 2pm. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at Consolata Cemetery, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd/Episcopal Day School in Lake Charles, LA.

Services

Visitation: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Visitation: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
2:00 pm

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
715 Kirkman St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601


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  1. Candle 1I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and thoughtful person. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.🙏🌹❤️

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Robbie’s passing. She was one of the most beautiful and gracious ladies I’ve ever known. Prayers for the family.

  3. Candle 4Robbie leaves an incredible legacy and will be so missed by all who knew her. Sending much love and support to her family during this time

  4. Candle 1Dr Jackson I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Robbie’s Death
    She was a beautiful lady and very Gracious.

  6. Candle 3My prayers to the family for peace in comfort. She was a remarkable woman. She was always so sweet in kind! Aunt Robbie you are at peace! Fly high with the angels! You will be missed by many!

  7. Clark, I am so sorry to hear of Robbie’s demise. No doubt, she was a wonderful lady, spouse, mother and grandmother. Her legacy will live on! Take care of yourself, for I’m sure she would want nothing more. Our best to you and your beautiful family.

  8. Candle 1To the Gunderson Family,

    Robbie was a true southern lady. Beautiful inside and out. Gracious and elegant. She will be missed by many, as she was loved by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dr Gunderson: so very sorry for your loss! I know you will miss her a lot. She sounded like a remarkable person. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! Sincerely Judy Albarado. (Retired workers compensation manager)

  10. Robbie was a true Southern Belle whose graciousness will be sorely missed by all… what a blessing to know her… always so kind and interested in others.
    God Bless and prayers for the family.
    With deepest condolences,
    Sandie and Steve Jordan

  11. Robbie was a true Southern Belle whose graciousness will be sorely missed by all… what a blessing to know her… always so kind and interested in others.
    God Bless and prayers for the family.
    With deepest condolences,
    Sandie and Steve Jordan

  12. Robbie was a true Southern Belle whose graciousness will be sorely missed by all… what a blessing to know her… always so kind and interested in others.
    God Bless and prayers for the family.
    With deepest condolences,
    Sandie and Steve Jordan

  13. Candle 4Robbie was the true definition of a Southern lady. Her kindness and graciousness was always felt with every encounter. Prayers and sympathy to the entire Gunderson family 🌹🙏

  14. GodSpeed Sweet Robbie ~ such a kind, gracious, beautiful woman. You are all in our thoughts and prayers….Billy & Della Rose

  15. I offer my sincere condolences to all family members. Robbie was an inspiration and a truly beautiful human being. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  16. Candle 2Thoughts and prayers for you folks. I am so sorry about Robbie’s passing. What a precious lady!

  17. My deepest condolences to all the family. Robbie was beautiful inside and out !
    May God be very close to each of you, today and in the tomorrows. Love, hugs,
    and prayers 🙏♥️🙏♥️

  18. Clark, Joan and I are so deeply sorry for your loss. We know that Robbie is in a better place now and that you and the girls will always have the good memories.

    Ronnie and Joan Landreneau

  19. Robbie’s graciousness was boundless! Little known fact— she introduced me to avocados! Her smile was genuine and so sincere. We were lucky to have known her. She has left a loving legacy.

  20. Candle 1Carole and I are so sorry for your loss! Robbie was a beautiful and classy lady who cared deeply about her friends and community!

  21. Candle 1Dr. Gunderson, Ashley, and Camille, I am deeply sorry for the loss of Ms. Robbie. She will always be the most beautiful southern lady that I remember from our childhood.

  22. Candle 7Dr. Gunderson: Sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful wife. My prayers are for the family. Wishing God’s blessings on all of you.

  23. Candle 1My deepest condolences thoughts and prayers to Mr. Clark, Ashley, Camille and her grandchildren. Mrs. Robbie’s kindness and loving nature was equal to her Beauty. What a blessing it was to know her, share stories of life and laugh plenty. My pray of comfort for her family is knowing she is made whole again, walking the beautiful Streets of Gold with all the Crowns she is so deserving of.

  24. Mrs. Gunderson was a lovely lady who possessed charm and elegance. I met her when she was selected to be a model for the American Cancer Society’s fundraiser SHOW FOR LIFE. She walked down the runway with poise, her beauty showing through the garments she modeled. She was a natural! My sincere condolences to the family.

    Deola “Dee” Fuselier, retired ACS Director

  25. We are truly saddened and so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Robbie, and we pray that you have strength today and peace in the difficult days ahead.

    Libby & Charles Timpa

  26. Candle 1Dr. Gunderson. I was so sorry to hear about Robbie. She was the sweetest and most loving person. You guys had a beautiful life together. Please accept my deepest condolences in her passing. You will always have wonderful memories of her and your beautiful daughters and their families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  27. To Camille and family, I have so many wonderful memories of Mrs Robbie from high school. She was always so gracious, fun to be around and easy to talk to. Wishing you peace during this time, I know she will be dearly missed!

  28. Candle 1So sorry for your loss our prayer are with you and your family
    Calvin and Colette Talbert

  29. Candle 1We are saddened for the family of Robbie Gunderson, a special friend and neighbor. She seemed like the Club’s own “First Lady” or “Princess Grace” with her serene and gracious demeanor; her presence there will be greatly missed.

  30. I’m so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother, grandmother. I hope she didn’t suffer through her illness. I’ve thought of Robbie and the girls often over the years. I’m praying for you all in this difficult time.

  31. Candle 2Dr Gunderson and family – I am so sorry for your loss!
    Respectfully,
    Dorothy Buckler


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