Launi Marie Hunt, 56, passed away unexpectedly at home March 17, the final page of a life as unique as Bakersfield, the city she loved. Launi Abbott was born here June 25, 1959, to Donna and Ron, grew up in the northeast and graduated from Highland in 1977. For 30 years, she was one of the community's premier real estate agents, and her love for the profession and for helping thousands is legendary. There's a reason "911" was part of her cell number. She believed her greatest accomplishment was her son, born in 1981 to her and Dan Hunt, who died in 1997. She was a steadfast Catholic who conquered many setbacks and challenges through sheer force of will, sharp wit and low tolerance for B.S. She was a rock and inspiration to her family - Pacheco, Abbott or Hunt - and her devotion extended to colleagues, whom she felt were family, too. She loved her dogs, remodeling countless homes, living along the Kern River, Westchester and the '08. She was a classy trendsetter like Jackie O. and Princess Diana. She loved to cook, was a fabulous host and brought humor and energy to every room she walked into. Buck Owens was her ringtone. She had funny license plates: 2BLAUNI, SHORT EM and LOS IN LA. She was the quintessential Bakersfield girl from start to finish. Launi is survived by many family and friends, including son Daniel, daugther-in-law Amanda and grandson Liam Bayard Hunt of Sacramento; father Ron Abbott of Palm Coast, Fla.; brother Curtis Abbott; longtime companion Joe Cox; aunt and second mom Phyllis Gibson and her children, Garrett Pacheco and Tracine Hallum; Jackie Abbott-Epner of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; countless children in the family whom she adored as her own; and loyal assistant Raquel Gonzalez. Visitation and rosary is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Greenlawn along Panorama. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Church followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation, Autism Speaks or the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center on Baker Street. Visit launihunt.com for more or to leave your memories of Launi.
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