Iris Vinson

October 14, 1930 ~ March 8, 2019

Iris Pichnic Vinson, 88, was called Home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2019.  Born in Cameron, LA, to Nick and Elizabeth “Bessie” Kelley Pichnic, Ms. Vinson completed school at Cameron Elementary and Creole High School.  She graduated from McNeese Junior College and then continued to pursue her B.S. Degree at USL, now ULL, in Lafayette.  She taught home economics at Creole High School for three years.  She worked for the Cameron Parish tax collector and assessor’s office before returning to teaching.  While teaching first grade on a T-Certificate at Cameron Elementary, Mrs. Vinson spent summers at LSU and earned a Master of Education degree in primary education.  She taught in Cameron for ten years and at Frasch Elementary in Sulphur for twenty years.  She earned a Reading Specialist Degree from McNeese State University and worked with student teachers from McNeese. 

An active member of Wakefield Methodist Church in Cameron and Henning Memorial United Methodist Church in Sulphur, Mrs. Vinson taught Sunday School and served on numerous boards.  Participation in United Methodist Women was very important in her life.  She also served in various offices at local and district levels.

Mrs. Vinson was married to Leonard Vinson for 48 years.  They enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and spending many of their retirement years at their camp at Toledo Bend in the spring and the fall. 

Preceding Mrs. Vinson in death were her parents; her brother, Dallas Pichnic, Sr.; and her sister in law, Charlene Pichnic.  She is survived by her beloved husband, Leonard Vinson; her niece, Margie Ann Rorex and husband Jimmy; her nephew, Dallas Pichnic, Jr. and wife Vickie; two great nieces and two great nephews all of Lake Jackson, Texas.  She is also survived by granddaughters, Michelle Grimley and husband Steven and Jessica Borel and husband Gary; and three great granddaughters. 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 1PM at Henning Memorial United Methodist Church in Sulphur.  Burial will follow at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 4-8 PM at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue on Wednesday at Henning Memorial United Methodist Church from 11 AM until the time of service.

Memorial donations may be made to Wakefield Memorial Methodist Church of Cameron, Louisiana or Henning Memorial United Methodist Church in Sulphur, Louisiana. 

The family would like to express their grateful appreciation for the compassionate care given Ms. Vinson and to family and friends who so lovingly and faithfully tended her. 

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  1. Mrs Vinson taught me 1st grade at Frasch in ’81-’82. One of my favorite teachers i ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with her family through this difficult time.

  2. Mrs Vinson was my first grade teacher forty years ago. I remember her always smiling and never raising her voice, she was so kind and loving.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Grandad at this sad time. Sending all our love Jessica, Gary and Ivory

  4. You were a very special person.  I’ll never forget when you can to my bridal shower in 1989.  I loved seeing you every Sunday.   Rest In Peace 

  5. So sorry to hear about the passing away of Grandma. Wish we could be there to tell Grandma goodbye & to be with you at this sad time Grandpa. Luckily you have both been blessed with amazing friends and family to be around you when we are so far away. Thinking of you always. Sending all our love, Michelle, Steven, Taylah & Paris xxx

  6. Leonard, we are saddened to learn of Iris’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.  We will always remember the wonderful times at Toledo Bend.  Sincerely, Nola and Dean Martin 

  7. My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).

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